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Broadclyst Computing Hub

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.


Exceptional Performance

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!

The team effort was also evident amongst the staff, Miss Williams, Mr Lees and Mr Cole, and some amazing costumes were generously donated by parents and Fox King Dance Academy.

We were surprised and honoured to have Michael Morpurgo visit to watch one of the performances. He spoke to the cast beforehand and gave an inspiring speech at the end. We think he liked the show!



BCPS & WCPS Academic Results

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


WCPS rated Outstanding

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”.

Inspectors also noted that: “A strong focus on pupils’ personal development, based on the school’s key principle of ‘Fortune favours the brave’ ensures that pupils are resilient learners and respect each other’s views. Their behaviour is impeccable at all times.”
This achievement, in a school that is only three years old, and before its move to permanent accommodation, is a testament to the dedication of our teachers and the support of the parents.



Latest Library News

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.

We would like to say thank you to those families who have made book donations to us in recent weeks. We are happy to receive more donations to the library before the end of term.
Do feel free to ring the library directly to ask about the current loans on an account. Year 6 loans have been limited to one book at any time. Please look out any library books your child has before the end of term and return these. We have decided not to issue more books for summer until other loans have been returned as this enables us to review our stock.
The librarians are available to offer support to children submitting a story to the Jaqueline Wilson Creative Writing Competition. Please come along and tell us about your plans and show us any drafts you are working on. Miss Harding is in the library until 4.55pm every evening of the school week, so this would be an excellent time to workshop your story.
Very well done to our Word Millionaires and to all who have been working towards achieving their Bookworm Certificates. We always enjoy hearing about the books you have enjoyed and sharing shorter stories with you.
Thank you to all of our dedicated Junior Librarians and JL’s in training. You have become very skilled this term, and have learnt lots of new processes to do with running the library. It is clear that several of you will be able to apply to become Junior Librarians next year with proven experience.
We will be visiting classes over the next week to promote our local community libraries. Over the summer Devon Libraries are running a Reading Challenge. You will be given a mission folder with the target of finishing six books over the holiday. You can earn stickers to mark your progress and a medal when you finish. Remember to come and show us your mission folders and medals when you return to school in September.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday – keep reading over the break!



Year 2 Eggy Challenge

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.

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Year 1 Killerton Trip

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”.

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Nursery Visit The Art Exhibition

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.

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