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Year 1 & 2 Christmas Nativity

The Year 1 and 2 children from Broadclyst and Westclyst had a fantastic time performing their Nativity, ‘Follow the Star’, last week.

After lots of hard work learning lines, dances and singing songs they put on three excellent performances. The Narrators and leading Star eloquently took their audiences on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, alongside heart-warming solos and two festive choreographies. It was clear how much time and effort the children had put in to learning an impressive number of lines. The songs were a mix of old and new, finished off with an enthusiastic performance of ‘Snow is Falling’, from both children and audience alike.

Owen summed up the performance, “I loved all of it!”. Lillie-Mae added “I felt nervous at first but when it came to the performance I really enjoyed every part”.  “The best bit of the Nativity was the finale, snow is falling, because we got to dance and learn some really fun actions” said Rosie. Noah summed it up perfectly, “seeing the Mums and Dads smile made it all worth it”.

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Nursery Autumn Activities

The children have enjoyed learning about autumn and the changes that happen to trees and leaves at this time of year. We have:

• been on leaf walks
• visited the forest school
• Gone to the allotment to have a look at how things change at different times of the year
• We have looked at animals we might find within this time and talked about where they live

The children have settled in to nursery really well and have really enjoyed exploring and playing within the nursery area and our resources, they have really enjoyed using the surfaces and Ipads to explore different activities. We use a variety of programs but a favourite that the children enjoy using is Purple Mash and Espresso. The children also use the apps for puzzles, identifying shapes and letters.

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Nursery Christmas Nativity

The children have enjoyed learning the Christmas Nativity songs with the actions this term, ready to perform their nativity!

The children have learnt a variety of songs with actions including knock knock, Snow is falling, twinkle twinkle little star and many more. Some of the children were given speaking parts as they were located on the main stage and were encouraged to be confident when coming forward to speak into the microphone to say their lines. The children in nursery enjoyed visiting the hall to have a practice at singing the song on the stage before having to perform in front of the parents on Friday 8th December.

The feedback from the parents after the main show was very positive and we are all very happy and proud of the children. Well-done to everyone involved.

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Christmas Rehearsals

This week we have 8 Christmas performances! The school has been alive with the sound of Christmas carols and songs, and children wearing traditional and sparkly costumes. We expect you may have seen and heard children practising their lines, songs and dances.

There was much excitement when the children went into the hall and saw that the stage was up and the lights were set. Year 1 and 2 children from both Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary Schools will be kicking us off on Tuesday morning, followed by the Reception classes on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday lunchtime a group of children will be walking over to Clyst Caring to sing carols. They have previously been very well received and the children have enjoyed talking to the people who have just enjoyed their Christmas lunch. 

On Friday will be holding the Nativity performed by the children in the nursery. Many of the children will be coming in for an extra session to take part. They have been working very hard learning all of the songs. We are sure that it will be an enjoyable show, the first for many of the children and parents. 

On Thursday the chamber choir will be singing at a concert organised by Poltimore House and performed in the chapel. They have been practising hard over the past half term and are looking forward to sharing their hard work. Following the concert, there will be mulled wine and mince pies, and a raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the renovations of the building. 

The week will be ending on a high with Christmas Jumper Day and a delicious Christmas dinner where the children will be served by their teacher. 

We hope to see many of you in the audience and enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie in the café!

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Winners of GEC 2016/2017

Pupils from a primary school in Israel and a secondary school in India were flown to Microsoft’s Headquarters in Seattle to receive trophies and certificates from Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s Vice-President Worldwide Education on 27 November. They were the winning teams in the 2016/17 Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC), an initiative developed and run by Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) in Devon.

The winning team in the 9-11 category was Steeviz, from Weizman School in Israel. The five youngsters developed, manufactured and sold 3D-printed keyrings, made of a biodegradable plastic made from corn. The unique selling feature was that the key chains fit into shopping carts in place of a regular coin. One of the judges, Mark Sparvell from Microsoft, commented: “I was impressed with the persistence here and the learning. They discovered that the 3D printing at a local high school was too slow and expensive and managed to find a solution in plastics. The product looks super professional.”

In the 12-15 category, the winners were Green Gallery, a team from Kamla Nehru Public School in India. The eight students used new and recycled cloth to develop, manufacture and sell a range of bags, small kits and hand fans with environmentally-friendly messages. Two of the team travelled to Seattle with their lead teacher and headteacher, and captivated their audience by modelling their products in a mock fashion show. The three judges, Mark Sparvell, education journalist Merlin John and Ranjit Singh, CEO at Geneeworld, said: “These children have a confident, enterprising attitude, justifying the value of their products, connecting to sustainable development goals and outsourcing well.”

During their award visit, the youngsters were also able to play with new toys connected with initiatives in the MS Stem programme, including a robotic hand. They enjoyed time in the Microsoft Visitor Center, playing many cutting-edge games and interactive activities, before having lunch, like Microsoft employees, in the dining area on the 100-acre campus. Afterwards the teams and adults visited a Microsoft Showcase School, St Thomas School in Medina. 

BCPS headteacher Jonathan Bishop commented: “This challenge is truly unique in its emphasis on collaboration and in the past three years we have been proud and encouraged to see children from more than 45 schools in 30 different countries working together so productively towards a common aim and purpose. The sharing of ideas, discussion and feedback transcends distance, culture and economic situation and sets positive values and skills for their futures as global citizens.”

The GEC offers an exciting opportunity for schools to create partnerships and be part of a collaborative global community, using the Microsoft Office 365 platform to incorporate business skills - including product design, market research, manufacture and marketing - into many different elements of the curriculum and put children’s learning into a real-life context. 

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Wind in the Willows

Year 3, as part of their learning around Wind in the Willows, visited Killerton House on Tuesday 28th November.  Prior to the visit, pupils had created Christmas decorations based on the characters from the book, which were displayed as part of the event on a Christmas tree in the chapel.  

When Year 3 arrived at Killerton, they gathered together to recall their excellent understanding of the story and discussed the different characters, before splitting into smaller groups led by Killerton staff dressed as many of the animals in the story.  They then travelled around the house, decorated to represent many of the scenes found in the story, taking part in a range of activities.  This include:

attempting to get a set of keys from the guard in the jail

wearing masks and asking questions to guess which character they were

writing on a bauble to explain what friendship is

using a range of percussion instruments in the music room to recreate the setting of major events in the story, ranging from the river flowing to Toad’s escape.

Finally, the whole group regathered in the music room to sing a Christmas song, all about friendship, that they had been practising in school, which impressed all those listening. They also shared the letters that they had been asked to find on their carousel before working out the word that the entire morning was based around: ‘Friendship’.  The visit was hugely enjoyed by all and Year 3 behaved excellently throughout the entire trip.  Jasmine thought the entire visit was fabulous and Lewis particularly enjoyed creating the sound of fire using percussion instruments.

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Danone Primary Football Cup

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 represented the school in the Danone Primary Football Cup at West Exe school on Wednesday 29th November.  They were split into two teams, one representing Year 6 and the other comprising pupils from Year 5.  

Each team was placed in a separate pool and played five matches over the course of the evening.  Year 6 started promisingly with a 0-0 draw followed by a 1-0 win against Pinhoe in which Charlie scored directly from a corner.  However the strong level of the pool quickly became evident and they were unfortunate to lose their next two matches despite some excellent defensive efforts from Joel in goal and from Harriet in working tirelessly to close down the opposition to limit their chances.  They then showed great character to regroup and were hugely unlucky to only draw their last game against Montgomery where they created some excellent chances through Daniel and Emily.

Year 5 from the outset showed that they could work excellently as a team both in defence and attack, again starting their pool with a win against Pinhoe thanks to a calmly taken goal from Harry and a draw.  In their third game they faced Exeter School and in an extremely high quality game they unfortunately lost 1-0 to a late Exeter goal. The team however used this experience to motivate themselves further and responded in the best possible fashion in the next game beating Bowhill 5-0 with Tegan, Otto and Nathan linking together in attack to share the goal scoring duties between themselves.  Year 5 then finished the group with another win, 2-0 against Wynstream, in which the entire team combined to score the first goal with the ball starting from Max in the Broadclyst goal, through Jack and Ben in defence until Nathan scored in an empty net with no player having more than two touches in the entire move. 

Both teams should be proud of their achievements, with Year 6 participating in an extremely strong pool and showing great character in the chilly conditions and Year 5 in finishing second in their pool in their first entry into the competition.  

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