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Yr 1, Yr 3 & Yr 5 Space Dome Visit

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and his crew made history. The Apollo 11 mission saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (who joined him 19 minutes later) become the first men to stand on the Moon. Today, on the 28th February 2019, all the children from Years 1, 3 and 5 took their own small steps into the space dome and found out all about their universe – particularly about the incredible space race that led to this great leap for mankind.

Much like the perilous unknowns of spaceflight, stepping into the dome was daunting to some of our younger members, but this apprehension no doubt resembled the amazing wonder of being a real astronaut as it quickly turned into amazement and they saw stars, galaxies and satellites projected all around them within the dome. Ewan in Year three, on leaving the dome, remarked at how ‘amazing!’ it was – and that was certainly the impression that all of the children gave when inside. The events witnessed were a real rollercoaster –  incredible vistas and rocket launches that caused (very) audible excitement from the children to the problems the astronauts faced during the space race – including early rockets starting to spin wildly out of control that caused real apprehension.

The children were all so engaged in the dome and loved learning about the history of our time in space – even down to the sad fate of the first dog in space. We’re certainly looking forward to visiting again – and this will be happening sooner than expected! Our next Astronomy club is coming up on the 13th March, and Simon will be bringing his space dome along! Don’t forget to book a place in the dome if you’d like to see it for yourself!

 
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Cycling Competition

A team of eight Year 5 and 6 pupils represented the school in the Exeter and Mid-Devon Cyclocross competition on Thursday 28th February 2019. 
 
The team were very excited to take part upon their arrival and after a quick briefing around the cyclocross bikes by a British Cycling coach they were ready for their time trial.  The time trial comprised of one lap of the circuit which included some tight turns, a steep incline and a speedy descent before moving onto a long straight and a sweeping corner to finish.  After waiting patiently for their turn each pupil completed their lap successfully and then were seeded according to their finishing time.
 
To finish the event each pupil took part in a race of up to 13 pupils which required not only the ability to race quickly but also tactically in order to finish in the best position possible. After the considerable efforts of Charlotte and Jessie in the first two races the team learnt about the best way to complete their 3 laps of the circuit (later reduced to 2) and this resulted in Kasper finishing second in his race before Reuben, Heidi, Ben and Jack all won their races, in the case of Jack overtaking their opponent on the line.
 
The whole squad were delighted with their performance and now just had to wait for the results, however there was an unprecedented result; the top three teams all finished equal so the results had to go down to the best time trial times.  After an overnight delay the results were in, and Broadclyst finished in a highly credible second place and the team are now looking forward to receiving their silver medals.
 
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Yr 5 Cheddar Gorge Visit

Monday was a history fuelled, first day back for Year 5, when they visited Cheddar Gorge in all its wonder. Breaking off into groups, they delved into Gough’s cave, looking at how our ancestors would have had to have survived in the Stone Age, and learning about caves themselves.

After wandering through the museum, they stepped back in time and met a Stone Age person, in real life, and learnt about flint knapping, fire making and recognising different animal skulls – what a treat! Through the Dreamcove cave, the children were met with beautiful stalagmites crossed with modern technology as the projections and video light shows took us on an exploration of early man.

Finally, they made the long trek up Jacobs ladder, into the look-out tower (although I am not sure how many of the staff braved it), and one group even managed the 3 mile clifftop walk, viewing the Gorge in all its splendour!We had a fantastic day filled with enough knowledge to get us started on our Bronze Age stories!

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Yr 4 Tree planting

Year 4 planted small oak trees at Mosshayne Farm in Westlcyst on 26th February. The children spent two hours out in the brisk air and spring sunshine as they discovered the importance of trees and why we need to grow more woodland in Britain.

They were shown how to use spades, how to use wheelbarrows and how to protect growing trees. They loved getting stuck in the mud and avoided having a break halfway through to plant even more trees. Some of the children planted over 7 trees in partnerships! In 40 years’ time the children will have the opportunity to revisit this location – which will hopefully have a cycle trail running past it in the future – and see the small trees they planted as a giant oaks.

The day was expertly ran by Great Trees in Clyst Valley, who have been running multiple school-based and public encouraged tree planting sessions around the Westclyst area to help create more woodland.

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Global Canvas

‘Global Canvas’ is an art competition created by the David Shephard Wildlife Foundation’s Art for Survival programme and was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art.   This year the Year 6 ‘Art Squad’ wanted to take part and  have worked together to plan their display and come up with their own ideas around the theme of ‘habitats’. They used their sketchbooks to sketch their initial ideas and think of different ways to interpret the theme before deciding on the ocean habitat, in particular the coral reefs.  In previous art lessons the children have been looking on human impact to the shores and plastic pollution and they decided they wanted to revisit the theme but interpret the magic and the beauty of the reefs through their art .

Art Squad are all dedicated pupils who love learning new skills in art and exploring with new media,  they have been using their lunchtimes to work on the project and all their ideas on the display were their own and represent some of the new media they wanted to explore. They experimented with new ways of working in both 2D and 3D and had a lot of fun working together and learning from one another.  Some of the materials they explored included; Cyanotype photography, screen printing and spray painting as well as stoneware ceramic and porcelain sculptures. They even came up with the idea of creating a box you can sit in with a UV torch and experience jellyfish painted in neon paint.  Together they came up with this mini-exhibition to submit as their entry to the competition.

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Class 4SP Belmont Chapel Visit

Class 4SP went to Belmont Chapel on Monday 4th February to continue their investigation of their religious question: ‘what is worship and does it have to happen in a special place?’

The children received an in-depth tour of the building, exploring its original hall and stage from the 1950s as well as the newer Concourse and Auditorium. On this tour they were encouraged to consider what made the Chapel ‘special’ to the Christian faith and whether Christians were expected to worship there. As they travelled, the class also learnt that the Chapel has multiple uses, outside of the traditional prayer, from children’s youth groups, which involve climbing and table tennis, to Father and Toddler sessions.

Whilst at Belmont Chapel, 4SP were also given a mystery photo quiz, where they were given the opportunity to travel freely around the Concourse and Auditorium in search of the mysterious objects. They then discussed why these were important to the Christian Faith and how they aided in worship.

It is clear the children have grown in their understanding of different religious faiths as they are now starting to debate the importance of a special place and the relationship it has to a faith’s worship.

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Young Voices Concert

On Sunday the Chamber Choir travelled up to London to take part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena. After dinner at Pizza Express they headed off to the Youth Hostel and most of them got a good night’s sleep!

In the morning we squeezed in a quick walk to have a look at the Cutty Sark and lunch at Café Rouge. The choir were seated right it the top rows so had an amazing view of the entire stadium. The rehearsals started at 2.00pm and after a run through of all the songs and dances they stopped for tea.

The doors opened for the audience at 6.30pm including some of the children’s parents. There was much excitement when the lights went down and the music started. All of the choirs had mini torches that they shone around the venue. There were 8500 children singing and dancing together –the world’s largest school choir.

It took a while for everyone to get out of the arena and back to the coach, and it was a very quiet drive back to the hostel with quite a few husky voices! The staff and children all went straight to sleep and most had to be woken and rushed down to breakfast before getting the coach back to school.

It was an amazing experience and very busy couple of days. The choir will be singing some of the songs they learnt at the Summer Picnic and Concert at Killerton in July.

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EPFL League Fixtures

Two teams representing the school took part in the 4th set of EPFL fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 4th February.

Broadclyst Blue (Year 6) faced Countess Wear in their first game and played some excellent passing football from the outset.  They soon moved into a 2-0 lead approaching half-time with goals from Nathan and Jack.  The second goal was the result of a superb team move starting all the way from Max in goal and the team worked the ball the whole way up the pitch in a swift passing move.  Despite heavy pressure throughout the second half on the Countess Wear goal, the score remained 2-0.  In the second game the team faced a well-organised Redhills team and found it difficult to get into their usual rhythm being pressed effectively throughout the match, however early into the second half Harry scored an excellent finish to make the score 1-0, which it remained at the final whistle.

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Shortlisted for the David Shepherd Award

As featured in Exeter Daily

The Year 6 Art Squad at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) have just found out that their work has got through to the final of the Global Canvas 2019 art competition, and they will be taking their entry to the Natural History Museum in London for the judging on 7 March. Their Ocean Display entry was one of a record number to the international competition that involved over 5055 children from 26 countries across four continents. Global Canvas is an art competition created by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Art for Survival programme and was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art. The 14 children worked together to plan their display and came up with their own ideas around the theme of ‘habitats’. In previous art lessons they had been looking at human impact on shores and plastic pollution and they decided to revisit this theme, but to interpret the magic and the beauty of the ocean habitat and particularly coral reefs through their art. BCPS art teacher Chloe Farrant commented: “Art Squad are all dedicated pupils who love learning new skills in art and exploring with new media; they have been using their lunchtimes to work on the project. They experimented with new ways of working in both 2D and 3D using materials and techniques including cyanotype photography, screen printing and spray painting as well as stoneware ceramic and porcelain sculptures. They even came up with the idea of creating a box you can sit in with a UV torch and experience jellyfish painted in neon paint! I am very proud of their imagination and dedication.”

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