On Tuesday this week, Foundation went on a trip to Martinsfield farm. In the rainy, cloudy morning, Mrs Dudley’s class explored the wildlife on the tracks up to the farm, went on a minibeast hunt in a field full of slugs and snails hiding in the shoulder-height grass. On the rest of the walk up to the farm, Mrs Dudley’s class enjoyed sticking down different colours on the ‘Colour Hunt’ walk.
At lunchtime, Mrs Daniel’s class arrived at the farm, and both Foundation classes sat on hay bales and enjoyed a whole class lunch together in a barn. Foundation really enjoyed sitting together and eating in this new setting!
After lunch, both classes were shown Mrs Bateman’s beautiful horses – Lucy, Tinker and Toast. The children loved the names and had a great time trying to guess them… Chocolate? Toffee? Coffee? Treacle? They were using their observational skills to guess the name by the dark brown colouring and using the clues given to them.
Once the horses had been admired, Mrs Dudley’s class set off back to school in the sunshine and Mrs Daniel’s class set off on their ‘Colour Hunt’ walk. The children were amazed to find so many different colours in the hedges, hidden under branches and scattered on the tracks. Some findings were unexpected such as the red colour of the earth and the light blue flowers found hiding in the hedgerow. After this, Mrs Daniel’s class headed into long, grassy meadow and set about on a minibeast hunt, equipped with bug finders, magnifying glasses and trays to collect and analyse their bugs.
Finally it was time for Mrs Daniel’s class to head back to school to join Mrs Dudley’s class. Foundation were very grateful of all the help they received from the grown-ups who came with them on the trip and would like to say a big thank you. Also, they would like to say a very big thank you to Mrs Bateman for allowing us to visit Martinsfield Farm. Miss Radcliffe would like to say thank you to everyone for making her first school trip a success! Foundation are now writing about their trip and drawing pictures of their day.
On Thursday 6th June eight children from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Sainsburys Inter Schools Aquathon. The students were entered in two teams and each child swam in a team relay, two individual events and a long distance freestyle event. Both our teams performed amazingly well and BCPS came away with the gold and bronze for overall school performance together with over 20 individual medals. Our gold winning team have now automatically qualified for the Devon Championship Finals due to be held on June 28th in Exeter. Students from BCPS will also be competing in the Exeter Inter Schools Gala in early July so watch this space for future results.
Year 6 have just returned home from a week at Heatree Activity Centre; situated in Dartmoor National Park. The children have had an action packed week filled with a wide range of outdoor activities including kayaking, climbing, high ropes, archery and rock scrambling. The children have truly learned where their comfort zones are and have been pushed to the very limits over the past week! One of the highlights of the week was seeing the class work together in their teams to complete a variety of challenges including ‘mission impossible’ where they followed a course to look for markers and built rafts using materials based on their orienteering scores! The final evening was celebrated with a camp fire where the children had the opportunity to take part in a talent show.
A huge well done to the children for being so supportive and encouraging to their team mates when they were feeling nervous during the activities. Despite some rather sleepy heads on the coach on the way home, it’s safe to say that a fantastic time was had by all!
This term, Year 5 have been continuing with their World War 2 topic by visiting The Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeovilton. Following the museum’s history programme, the children took part in two workshops; Prepare for War and Rationing in World War 2. During the first activity, Preparing for war, the children explored evacuation during 1939 examining the contents of an evacuee’s suitcase and producing ID cards. In the second activity, the children looked at rationing during the war, which foods were reduced and how to make a war time menu. They used pre-decimal coinage to buy rationed goods which they then measured and weighed creating interesting menu choices for the adults. After lunch, the children had chance to explore the museum with a small team of qualified guides many of whom were experts in aviation. They learnt about early flying machines, aircraft of WW2, took a tour of the first Concorde and spent time on the aircraft carrier experience. All in all, the children had a fantastic day and can’t wait to go back again!
In Year 1 this term, the topic studied in Science has been 'Materials'. The children have been finding out what things are made of and the different properties that each material has. They have also been investigating which materials conduct electricity, which ones float and which ones are magnetic. As part of this topic they have been learning about how some materials are made which resulted in a trip to the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracy to see how glassware is made. Whilst at the House of Marbles the children were entertained by the wonderful selection of marble runs and the fabulous museums. This was followed by a talk and demonstration by the glass makers on how they make the beautiful glassware and two lucky children even got to have a go at some glassmaking!
On the 1st May, both year 5 classes visited Heatree Activity centre for three days of environmental, outdoor activities. One of the main features of the trip was a day-long study of the River Lemon, during which they investigated the changes that the river undergoes along its course. Led by staff from Heatree, the children got their feet wet measuring the width, depth and flow rate of the river at various different points. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about rivers in a practical way, showing great teamwork and enthusiasm. They are now analysing the data that they collected and will be producing project reports to show their findings.
While at the centre, the group did a range of other activities, from orienteering treasure hunts to spending part of an evening sharing stories that they had written, in a Bronze Age roundhouse. During the 'Lost Arts of Dartmoor' activity, the children worked in groups to learn three ancient crafts: felt making, moulding from clay chippings and weaving willow fences. They also learned about how mini-beasts are adapted to living in streams and rivers by capturing them and using identification keys to work out species and calculate populations. Both staff and children had a great trip, learning lots about rivers and the natural world.
On the 15 May a KS2 Fun Run was organised and run by the six formers of Clyst Vale for all the local Primary schools. There was two races, one for year groups 3 and 4 and the other for year groups 5 and 6. Even though it was a fun run and the children were all encourage to try and complete the course by jogging all the way around. Medals were available for the top 3 places for girls and boys in both races. Well done to everyone who took part. Big congratulations to Joe Wragg and Jess Courtney won the Year 3/4 races and in the Year 5/6 race Fin Jeffery came in third with Jack Renfree taking first place.
Last week the school Chamber Choir performed a selection of their favourite and best songs on the bandstand stage at this year’s Devon County Show. Their half an hour programme included some great crowd pleasing pop, such as ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry and ‘Happy Ending’ by Mika, as well as more staple classics such as ‘California Dreamin’. Both Mrs Pulfer and Mr Lees were very proud of how professionally they conducted themselves and the energy and enthusiasm they put into their performing. Well done our Chamber Choir. They passed the remainder of the afternoon enjoying the many visual (and tasty) treats of the County Show.
The school’s tag rugby team has had a great deal of success this half term, winning a series of games and retaining the Tiverton Police Cup which they had won last year. The half-term started with two home games against Pinhoe Primary in which the team ran out comfortable winners, with Alice Courtier, Jack Maguire and Oliver Holman scoring multiple tries and leading the team well. The team then represented the school at the Tiverton Police Cup semi-finals and finals days, winning all of their games including a last-minute try to secure the Cup. The team also won a brace of games against Willowbrook Primary School at Pinhoe, where Pinhoe got their revenge on Broadclyst in two closely fought games.
The team is always looking for new players, and the best place to start is the after-school tag rugby club on Thursdays.