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Harvest Festival

Year 3 & 4 held their Harvest Festival on 18th October, this year based on C.S. Lewis’ tales of Narnia – where four vegetable-wise children travel through their kitchen fridge and into the land of Farmia, where it is forever Autumn and never harvest. In this land, the children eventually trick the Evil Queen into tasting a pea and becoming ‘good’ once again.
 
The children worked incredibly hard for the past four weeks, rehearsing songs, practising dance routines and learning their lines at home. Their efforts paid off in one spectacular performance which showed off the dancing and singing talents from both Year 3 and 4. They portrayed the characters extremely well, adding humour and drama to give the story meaning and understanding.
 
A huge congratulations to the children of Year 3 and 4 for pulling off another successful Harvest festival performance.

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Extra Curricular Activities

 

Film Club:
In film club, the children have been creating their own scripts and stories to begin performing in the TV Studio. This week the children have been into the studio, dressed up in a variety of costumes and made themselves appear in numerous locations from reality and fiction in an effort to understand the magic of green screen.

Climbing Club:
The children have shown their understanding of teamwork and communication through paired climbing sessions, with one child on the wall aiming for a personal best and another child belaying on the ground – ensuring the safety of the first. Each week, alongside a variety of traversing-based games along the base of the wall, each child strives to reach new heights.

 

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Great West Run

 

Broadclyst and Westclyst children had a brilliant time taking part in Saturday’s Great West Run. With over 70 children and staff attending the two schools were well represented. The ACTIVATE run which took place the day before the city’s half marathon is either 2.5km or 5km long and encourages schools, children and parents to get active and have some fun in the process!

First place was awarded to a Year 5 Broadclyst pupil, Jasper, who had been training for the run and impressed others with his lightning speed. Both schools across the Trust performed well with Broadclyst and Westclyst children gaining some of the top 10 spots. Year 2 pupil Zac said, “It was tiring but I really enjoyed it when everyone was cheering me on to the end and loved it when we got our medals”. Bei Bei added “I thought it was excellent because it was a challenge, but I made it to the finish line”. Owen summed up the general feeling perfectly, “I’m looking forward to next year already”.

 

 

 

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Y4 Police Interviews

Eight children from Year 4 were visited by the police on Monday 8th October as part of a training programme for existing officers, from the Middlemoor Police Headquarters. These police officers spent time with the children in school, discovering the different projects that the children get up to. The children sat with the visitors and explained OneNote and Teams and how it is utilised within the school.

On Tuesday 9th October, the same eight children then visited Middlemoor Police Headquarters to aid the police officers in practice interviews. Before, each child watched a short video and are put at ease – being told it is not a test for them but a test for how the officers communicate with the children and ask them questions. The videos vary but have a clear scene, for example a possible theft from a car or a man putting a balaclava into a rubbish bin. In a pretend interview room with pretend cameras, the children are asked questions about what they saw – some even draw what they saw.

The children are then rewarded with a swim in the Middlemoor pool, enjoying the whole pool for themselves and have lunch in the Police canteen – sausage, chips and beans; followed by ice-cream!

 

 

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Pixie's Holt

Year 6 had a great time caving, orienteering and exploring Dartmoor on the two weekends preceding October half-term. The class stayed at Pixie’s Holt activity centre, near Dartmeet, and from there visited places like Hound Tor, Pridhamsleigh and Sousson’s Wood.

On Saturday, the children went caving at Pridhamsleigh and also went for a moorland walk, around Hound Tor. The caving was a great opportunity for many individuals to challenge themselves with an activity that was unfamiliar to them, with many children overcoming some nerves around the prospect of small, dark spaces! However, once the groups entered the cave, the instructors from Dartmoor Training Centre did a great job of guiding them around the cave and instilling confidence. “My favourite part was the caving,” said Otto. “I particularly enjoyed some of the natural slides.” Zoe Taylor also agreed, stating that she had fun “fitting through some of the trickier holes.” The moorland walk was also a good opportunity for the children to enjoy the great outdoors and to learn a little perseverance – on some very steep hills! Having said this, the highlight for many seems to have been certain members of staff’s unsuccessful attempts to use a rope swing!

Sunday brought the new challenge of orienteering in Sousson’s Wood. In small groups, the class competed against one another to navigate around the woods, seeking out marker posts, in order to accumulate the most points. This was followed by a roast dinner back at the centre, which proved to be a big hit!

It was good to see the children engage so well with the different activities, with many coming away with a new confidence in what they can achieve.

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Extra Curricular Activities

 

Table Tennis: It’s been great to pick up the table tennis again this term. The year 4s, 5s and 6s have already shown their talent on the table in their rallies, serves and smashes! We’ve been working on some different skills through fun games like ‘Donkey’ and Mr Kimber’s own invention ‘The cone game’. It’s clear that everyone is already improving after just two weeks and we are all looking forward to more matches next week! Why not watch last week’s Headteacher’s Blog to see some of the children in action?

Science Club: The atmosphere was electric on Tuesday as the year 2 & 3 science club experimented with circuits. Trying to light a bulb then making it brighter was a tricky challenge that the children sunk their teeth into and really enjoyed. We’re all really looking forward to next week when we’ll be looking at chemical reactions – what happens when bicarbonate of soda mixes with vinegar… watch this space!

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Y3 Orchard Visit

 

Year 3 as part of their learning around Harvest visited Killerton on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October.  Prior to the visit pupils had stitched quilts based on the seasons which are set to be displayed at Killerton as part of the Apple festival. 

When each Year 3 class arrived at Killerton they gathered together to learn about the apple harvest at Killerton and what activities they would be doing over the afternoon, although not quite involving all of the 100+ varieties of apples grown on the estate!  From this point the class split into two groups; one group collecting apples ready for pressing while the other group had a go at pressing their own apples and most significantly tasting some apple juice!  When collecting the apples pupils had to display excellent teamworking skills in order to pick more apples than the other teams as well as ensuring that they only picked apples good enough for juicing.  Furthermore by only picking apples from the floor they would know that these apples were ready.  During this the other group saw the Killerton press and how this worked, before producing their own apple pulp that then in teams they had a go at pressing.  Despite some aching arms every group were able to producing a significant amount of juice, while made handling the apple pulp worthwhile for all.

Every pupil not only really enjoyed the activities but learnt a lot more about how to produce apple juice and are now very excited to see their finished quilts on display.

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Shakespeare Festival

 

The cast of The Comedy of Errors participated in a workshop run by the School’s Shakespeare Festival on the 2nd October. The workshop took place at The Princess Theatre in Torquay, which provided an excellent opportunity for the cast to see the venue they will be performing in.

The workshop was run by directors who work with the Festival. They gave the children advice on how to improve their performance skills, such as how to project your voice effectively and create the physicality of your character. The cast also had the opportunity to share the prologue of the play and receive some constructive feedback, which has proved helpful moving forward with rehearsals.  Grace, who plays Luciana, said that “Being able to practice on the stage we are performing on has stopped me from feeling so nervous and made me excited about the performance!”.

The cast are now in the final stages of rehearsal and are gearing up for their performances at Exeter Phoenix, on Thursday 15th November, and the Princess Theatre, on Tuesday the 20th of November. The play is shaping up to be a fun filled adaptation, with plenty of music and disco dancing to breath fresh life into the bard! Tickets are available for both venues online and all are welcome to come and support.

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