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Paignton Zoo Trip

On Monday the whole of year 1 both Westlcyst and Broadclyst set off on a trip to living coast. Unfortunately due to a storm part of the classroom celling had collapsed, luckily they were able to offer us the same activities at Paignton zoo. The children were even more excited that we were going to see loads of animals! We had a fun morning exploring the zoo visiting the lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and crocodiles. We even got to watch the pelicans having their lunch.

After our lunch we had a “playful penguin workshop” which taught us all there is to know about penguins. Sam said “it was really fun I liked the tigers”. Lottie said “we learnt about penguins and I dressed up as one”. William. O said “the monkeys jumped against the glass it was funny” and Josh said “it was the best day ever”.

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Tiverton Museum


The children in Westclyst and Broadclyst Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Tiverton Museum over the last few weeks. They were transported back in time to learn about what life was like during the Second World War.

Year 2 visited as part of their current project on ‘Disasters and Triumphs’ through time. They got the opportunity to experience some of what life was like as an evacuee during the war, handle genuine artefacts and pose their questions to a local wartime expert. Alongside this they discovered the difficulties of the ‘Blackout’, how cooking with rations meant change for all and what it was really like to cram inside a real air raid shelter.

Cody said: “I thought the museum was really interesting because there were lots of different things to look at and explore”. Jacob added “My favourite part was boarding the steam train as if we were evacuees – they were really brave!”. The children relished the opportunity to become true historians examining real artefacts. Jenson said "I had a great day. I liked when we made our own propaganda posters. Mine was about growing your own vegetables." Harry agreed, "My favourite part of the day was sitting in the bomb shelter because we heard the sounds that they would have really heard in the war".

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Fire Safety Visit


Year 2 and Year 5 took part in a fire safety education workshop with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service this week. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit from an experienced firefighter. They were taught skills for survival in the event of a fire, the importance of testing fire alarms regularly and the dangers playing with fire can pose.

Year 2 particularly enjoyed learning about the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique alongside having the chance to see the real uniform firefighters wear to protect themselves. Zofia got the opportunity to dress up in the uniform, she said: "I tried on the fire persons outfits, they wear them to be safe when they go in to a fire. It’s amazing what they do". Olivia was enthused, "You must have a smoke alarm, I'm going to remind my parents tonight and tell them to do it straight away it’s so important!”.

Year 5 were taught about the variety of situations that firefighters may be called out to, ranging from road accidents and house fires to rescuing horses from swimming pools. They discussed the consequences of hoax 999 calls and how to react in the event of a fire. Luke Greenslade said “It was really interesting to learn about, especially since I think I might like to be in a fire service at an airport.” Alfie Thompson agreed, saying that “it was really good because we learnt how to keep safe.”



WCPS Turf Cutting Event


The construction of the brand-new Westclyst Community Primary School (WCPS) building at Hillside Gardens, Westclyst was marked with an official turf cutting ceremony at the site on 5 November 2018. Local councillors, school governors, the headteacher, members of the teaching staff and pupils from the school attended the event, together with representatives of Galliford Try (GT), the contractors building the school.

David James, the Deputy CEO of the Trust, said ‘After 3 years of waiting, It is great to finally see work starting on the site. We are going to see some rapid construction over the next few months, and we are aiming to arrange events for children and parents to visit the site, in the new year.’

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Table Tennis Championships

Once again, we made our way over to Plymouth – Plypton Academy – for the county finals of the English Table Tennis Association team championships. For several members of the team this was their first tournament and even their first competitive matches, so there all eight of our competitors were excited to be taking part and for some this was to be a completely new experience.
At the event there were three girls’ teams and six boys’ teams from across the county, including places like Okehampton and Torbay. Our four girls played exceptionally well against an array of opponents. They came second overall, being pipped to the post by a team of girls who had reached the national finals last year – of which one was England under 11 number one, and another was also ranked in the top 6. It was a great opportunity to play, and learn from, such an experienced team, and the girls took a lot away from their time in the tournament.
There were more teams in the boys’ competition which meant that they had to progress from an initial group stage to gain a place in the top 3. We had a difficult draw with our boys facing the England number 2 and a number of other talented individuals. On one of the tables a rally of almost 600 shots was played during a match! The boys came second in their group which meant that they went through to play for third or fourth position. The team rallied together in these games and in ‘best of 5’ sets, none of our team lost a single set, placing them in a very comfortable third place overall! Harry, who hadn't been to a tournament before managed to win every set he played through the day, so we'll done Harry!
Both of the teams should be very proud of their achievements, and though we didn’t manage to progress to the zone finals this year, they all had a great day and took home a medal! In 2019 we will be entering the individual tournament, so the squad will be practising very hard to be ready for that!

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Extra Curricular Activities


In Music and Movement we have been having lots of fun exploring new sounds and movements as well as singing songs and learning dances.

Before half term we enjoyed making our own musical shakers using pasta or rice and we experimented with the different sounds that could be made with our homemade percussion instruments.

In our first session back after half term we learnt some Halloween songs and thought about how different Halloween characters move around. The children enjoyed practising their movements ready for trick or treating!

In the next few weeks we look forward to making more instruments as well as using our bodies and voices to make music.

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Great Fire of London


On Thursday, as part of their Great Fire of London project, the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 had a fantastic time watching their model Tudor houses being set alight. With the support of an experienced fire safety officer the conditions which lead to the fire spreading so quickly were recreated. This included strong winds, narrow streets and flammable materials. The children saw first-hand how quickly fire can spread and how the direction of the wind determines the path of the fire. Alongside the demonstration they were taught about the importance of fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire.

Year 2 were amazed by how the fire spread, Belle said “I couldn’t believe how quickly the houses melted away, it all happened so fast”. Cohen added “I liked seeing what it was like after the houses had burnt away, all that was left was white ash”. The fire safety officer drew comparisons between the processes we use today and the lack of a fire service at the time of the Great Fire of London. Elysia said “The fire officer used a hose but at the time of the fire in 1666 they wouldn’t have had hoses to keep the flames under control”. Ryan was extremely enthusiastic, “It was so interesting to see, I felt sorry for all the people that lost their homes but happy that we now have a fire brigade to protect us and I know how to stay safe”.

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Trendy-Ts Win

Trendy-Ts win Global Enterprise Challenge!

The winners of this year’s Global Enterprise Challenge have been announced – and they are from Broadclyst! In the four years that the competition has been run, Trendy Ts are the first UK company to win the challenge.

The group is one of the most determined that we have had enter the challenge from Broadclyst, never missing an opportunity to advertise or sell their products. They specialised in tie-dye t-shirts and managed to begin a craze that swept the school last year. The ‘Ts’ had a low-budget, high impact sales approach, refusing to take the normal approach of advertising through flyers, posters and emails – preferring instead to wear their t-shirts in the playground and using word of mouth.

The judges also noted that they had designed a creative strategy for continuing to sell while on school residentials, by hiring year 5 children to continue the work! It was also noted that the company’s accounting and reporting were of a high standard.

The group are now waiting for the prize-giving trip to be confirmed. In previous years, teams have visited the Microsoft Offices in London and even Seattle!
Back at school, this year’s companies are busy collecting data to inform the making of their prototypes and preparing for their upcoming visit to the Dragon’s Den.

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