This term year 4 took part in the Kingfisher Awards, with the focus this year, on ‘Pollinators and their role in the Orchard’. They carried out a wide range of work for the project. They baked foods with pollinated ingredients, to sell at the School Fete. This not only helped to raise £230 for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust but also helped raise awareness of the importance of bees. The children also created a fantastic UV flowers light box which showed how bees see flowers. They wrote letters to the BBC to spread the word about the decline of pollinators and how people can help. After completing their projects in class, they then took the work to Newton St Cyres to compete against other schools! The children were fantastic and achieved 2nd place. The judges were particularly impressed with how the children discussed the work. If you would like to find out more about how you can help save the bees, come and speak to year 4 children!
The reception children have had a strawberry-filled few weeks, as they’ve picked them, eaten them, made jam and – the best bit - strawberry ice-cream!
They’ve also been learning about mini-beasts, searching for them and becoming entomologists in the school laboratory. The class loved feeling the squidgy pretend frogs spawn and looking at the various bugs they brought into the class.
In PE, alongside preparing for Sport's Day, the children spent time with Kari Brooks, the dance teacher. They worked hard all term to put on a pirate dance show.
A group from year 6 took the annual trip to Heatree House in Dartmoor during June. Led by the Heatree instructors, the children had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities including kayaking, climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and archery. They also met with a group from our link school in Holland and worked together in team challenges such as ‘Mission Impossible’- a raft building challenge. The week ended with a camp fire talent show and a moorland walk. A great week was had by all and we would like to thank the staff at Broadclyst School and Heatree who made it so memorable.
Year 6 also took a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth - not to enjoy the donkeys but to learn life skills! During the event, organised by East Devon District Council, the children experienced sessions which taught them basic safety skills in a number of areas. Sessions were run by BT, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and the Coastguards. A highlight of the day was a spectacular demonstration of why water should not be used to put out a chip pan fire! The children also learned the importance of washing hands thoroughly in a session run by environmental health.
Year 5 started this term on a fantastic river journey over the moors and down into Teignmouth. They enjoyed learning river terms and discovering the underwater world with their mini-beast hunt.
There was no time to relax once they returned, as they began rewinding back to the 1600s. The children produced an incredible performance in the grounds of Killerton House, based around the English Civil war and the rise of the Roundheads, led by Oliver Cromwell.
After all of the excitement had died down, they got stuck straight into filming their documentaries, which are intended to be shown to different schools across the world for the school’s Global Communities Project - some of them are now real pros in front of a camera!
Year 3 took part in a Skype call with Quaker Ridge school in America as part of the Global Communities Project (GCP) art project. Each school had a local artist in to visit and then spent some time recreating some of their artwork. Quaker Ridge created an online gallery of their artwork whilst Broadclyst posted theirs on Yammer for others to comment on. During the Skype call children from Broadclyst showed the children in America how to log onto Yammer and encouraged them to write their own comments. The plan now is to swap artists and have a go at completing some of their artwork. We are all looking forward to seeing some of the finished results.
Year 2 have been busy tending to their herbs and strawberries in the allotment. They planted the seeds in March and once they had grown big enough we transferred them from the greenhouse to our allotment bed. We have also recently picked the wonderful strawberries that have grown and made our own homemade jam, it was delicious! We decided to use this jam in our very own café as well as making scones and jam tarts to enjoy our efforts and had a picnic.
Year 2 have also been enjoying regular assemblies in our new hall along with children in KS1. Children have discussed and participated in assemblies about perseverance, respect, acceptance, changes and new beginnings. It has been wonderful to use our new hall to come together and sing songs as well as understanding the world around us.
Year 2 have also been working hard to complete their documentaries on animals after their trip to Paignton Zoo. Children researched various zoo animals and became presenters. Not only did they learn their lines, they have been in the TV studio where they have followed an autocue and remembered lyrics to sing and record ‘We’re going to the zoo’ to accompany their documentary.
Year 1 have really enjoyed taking part in the Global Communities Project this term, growing both wheat and sunflowers. Seeds were planted in different growing conditions and then growth progress was monitored and compared. The children have looked forward to comparing their findings with other schools participating in the project. They have learnt all about the farm-to-fork process and baked a range of flour-based treats.
They have also been looking at different forms of art this term, including the sculpture and painting techniques of Joan Miro. This project culminated in a trip to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, where the children used artform spotter wheels to identify a variety of art ranging from poetry to textiles.
Kari Brooks led three dance sessions where the children went on a pirate adventure, getting dressed in their pirate outfits, rowing their ships to Treasure Island, searching the island, finding the treasure and finally having a Pirate Party!
We have also been planting seeds and watching our plants growing. We planted sunflowers in the allotment and beans, broccoli, leeks and strawberries in the Early Years garden. Groups of children enjoyed making strawberry jam with Mrs Blake in the café using our own home-grown strawberries.
Broadclyst School took part in an Exeter Swimming Gala at Pyramids Swimming Pool on Tuesday 23rd June and the children swam their hearts out. All of the children who took part represented the school well, supporting one another and those from other schools. There were five events in total, including butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and the relay, which were then split down into age groups. Many of the races were extremely close with a few of the Broadclyst children only missing out on a final by one hundredth of a second.
Overall Broadclyst swimmers ended up with a gold medal in the butterfly, a silver in both the breaststroke and freestyle and a bronze in backstroke. Others achieved great results, receiving a ribbon for coming 4th, 5th or 6th. Well done to Lucy R, Sam E, Maddie G, Jess C, Thomas M, Grace J, Robert D, Keira C, Charlotte S, Harriet K, Jack B, Maddie J, Sam R, Owen G, Thomas D, Gracie B and a special well done to Matthew W, who was the only one representing the year 4 boys.