Following last year’s announcement that BCPS has become one of 32 English Hub schools across England, supporting schools by improving the teaching of early language and reading, the school has recently become part of a Computing Hub too.
Together with Exeter Mathematics School and Uffculme School BCPS is now part of the first 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools.
We are absolutely delighted to be part of this new collaboration, and look forward to running tailored computer science courses and initiatives for teachers across the county.
More than 80 pupils from the BCPS Musical Theatre Club were involved in Mary Poppins Jr at the end of last term. The youngsters, from years 4, 5 and 6, performed in two separate casts, Olivia and Rose taking on the role of Mary Poppins. All the children sang songs including Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Spoonful of Sugar and Step in Time, danced and acted with real enthusiasm and talent and relished the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, on a stage full of chimneys, magical handbags and lots of kites!
Pupils at both Broadclyst and Westclyst schools have achieved excellent academic results during 2018-19, consistently exceeding national averages across all disciplines.
At the end of Early Years, 85% of BCPS and 90% of WCPS pupils achieved GLD (Good Level of Development), compared with a national average of 72%. The percentages for pupils in Year 1 Phonics reaching the required standard were 96% and 97% respectively; the national average is 82%.
Similarly high results were recorded for Key Stages 1 and 2 at BCPS and KS1 at WCPS in reading, writing and mathematics.
Full results can be found on https://bcps.org.uk/index.php/about-bcps/results and http://www.wcps.education/about-wcps/results
We are proud to report that Westclyst Community Primary School (WCPS) achieved an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report at its very first inspection, which took place at the beginning of May. The announcement delighted parents and staff, particularly given the comment in the report that “rigorous monitoring of children’s progress and effective action plans have secured a trend of outcomes that is above the national average”.
Your librarians have been busy preparing the new library at Westclyst. We can’t wait to move all of the books that have been chosen in collaboration with children and staff into their home.
On Thursday 12th July, as part of Outdoor Learning Day, the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 enjoyed an afternoon in the outdoors.
They started the afternoon with a trip to the beautiful Clyston Mill, where they sat amongst the apple trees in the orchard to enjoy their lunch. The children loved being surrounded by nature and able to hear the sounds of the birds and the trees around them as they ate. Soon after, we took a stroll in the sunshine to Broadclyst Church where we were greeted by Bernard, the Vicar, whom the children had written to earlier in the term to request we use the church for our trip!
The purpose of our visit was to be the grand finale of our Eggy Challenge project, our parachute drops. After using the morning to make any final adjustments and preparations to their designs before the big drop, the children were eager to see if their eggs would survive! We watched in awe at the bottom of the spire as the parachutes were released one by one. Despite a few egg casualties, the parachutes were nearly all a brilliant success with well over half of the eggs surviving the huge drop! A fantastic way to bring an end to an exciting and inspiring project – made even better by the great outdoors.
On Thursday 11th July WCPS & BCPS joined together to go to Killerton for Outdoor Day, where we took part in our Eggy Challenge buggy testing. Year 1 have been working in groups to design and make their Eggy Challenge buggies ready for testing them down a hill at Killerton. First, we ticked off one of our ’50 things to do’ by rolling down a hill and then we had a picnic in Killerton gardens. Next we got into our Eggy challenge groups and took it in turns to test our buggy creations down a hill, with lots of support and cheering from the crowd. Each buggy was scored based on how well it protected the egg inside and how it looked. Year 1 had a great day and seeing all the buggies together showed how much effort went in to making them! The winning team is going to be announced this week. Sam said “I had so much fun” and Megan said “I really liked seeing everyone’s buggies they had made today”.
This week the nursery children have enjoyed visiting the art exhibition. The children were very interested to see all the amazing work-including our very own The Very Hungry Caterpillar exhibit. Harrison particularly enjoyed looking at Westclyst Reception's Rainbows. He told us "the rain has washed the colours away" (Harrison is the boy in the red hoody). The children particularly liked the Butterfly display case (Year 6 child..not sure of his name). Charlies favourite exhibit was the Delft Ware Spoons "we could eat our pudding with them!" he told us.