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Cross-Country Report

30 pupils from Years 2,3 and 4 attended the cross-country event at Killerton as part of the Exeter and Mid-Devon school games on 2nd November 2017.  Pupils from BCPS competed in the Boys Year 1/2, Girls Year 1/2 over a 1100m course, with the Boys Year 3/4 and Girls Year 3/4 events being run over 1300m. Over 100 pupils were participating in each race from a range of local schools and all pupils who run tried their hardest and represented the school in the best possible manner. 

Despite the challenging cross-country conditions, running around a field more typically seen as the location of grazing cows and bearing all the signs of this, pupils all hugely enjoyed the highly authentic conditions, including comparing to see who ended up with the muddiest legs! In the Boys Year 1/2 race, Josh and Mathew finished third and fourth respectively and with the efforts of Finlay and Harrison included also contributed to a first-place finish in the team event.  Jasper also ran exceptionally well to win the  Boys Year 3/4 race and the accompanying gold medal, also winning a bronze medal for finishing third in the team event for this race along with Max, Reuben and Harry. The girls also ran well with Jess finishing in a highly impressive fourth in the Girls  Year 3/4 race and the Girls Year 1/2 team running around closely together, showing excellent team spirit supporting each other all the way to the finish. 

Everyone was supportive of the entire team throughout all of their races, with Sophia stating that she was "extremely proud of herself and everyone".

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Killerton Apple Pressing

Year 3 went to learn about apple pressing at Killerton on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 4th October 2017. Killerton boasts 50 acres of traditionally managed orchards with over 100 varieties of apple tree. Every autumn the apples are collected by hand, squeezed by a 200-year-old press and turned into cider or apple juice, which Year 3 got to experience and taste first hand for themselves!

The children collected their own apples for pressing in true competition style. In teams, they decided on names for themselves such as The Candy Apples, The Picky Apples and Super Apple Pickers before racing against the clock to collect the biggest bags of apples from the orchard floor. They learnt that any apples remaining on the trees were not ready for harvest until they fall naturally to the floor and that the different varieties of apple are used to create different tasting ciders and juices! Using the apples that they had helped to harvest, the children were able to see the 200-year-old apple press in action and learn about Devon’s traditional cider and apple juice making industry. They could ask questions about the different processes involved, like what happens to the ‘pulp’ that is left behind made up of the skin and pips. Violet commented: “I found it interesting learning that the apple juice you drink comes from the apples that you eat from a tree.”

Finally, the children each had a go at pressing some of the apples they had collected in a small hand operated press before having their labour rewarded with a taste of Killerton’s own apple juice! Leo said: “It was really hard to twist the press and squeeze the juice out of the apples!” but it was all worth it according to Holly who commented: “I really liked getting to try the apple juice because it was so sweet and tasty.” It was really rewarding for Year 3 to be involved in a local harvesting process alongside producing the school’s Year 3 and 4 harvest production!

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Shakespeare Festival

The cast of Romeo and Juliet participated in a workshop run by the School’s Shakespeare Festival on the 16th October. The workshop took place at Exeter Phoenix, which provided an excellent opportunity for the cast to see the venue they will be performing in.

The workshop was run by Shane and Lucy, 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. Nathan, who plays Romeo, said that: “Being able to practise on the stage we are performing on has stopped me from feeling so nervous and made me excited about the performance!”.

The cast is now in the final stages of rehearsal and is gearing up for their performances at Exeter Phoenix, on Tuesday 13th November, and the Princess Theatre, on Friday the 17th 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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Staying Safe

Year 2 and Year 5 took part in a fire safety education workshop with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service last half term. 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.

The visit for Year 2 was linked to their current project on ‘The Great Fire of London’. They particularly enjoyed learning about the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique alongside having the chance to see the real uniform firefighters wear to protect themselves. Beau got the opportunity to dress up in the uniform, she said: “I was so excited to try on the outfit myself, I looked like a real fire fighter”. Noah added, “it’s so important to test your smoke alarm, it can save lives!”.

Year 5 were taught the possible consequences of deliberate fire setting and making hoax 999 calls. Ben said “I learnt so much that I wouldn’t have learnt in my usual lessons. For example, that firefighters don’t only rescue people from fires they also save animals and help people who have been in car accidents”. Jessie was extremely enthusiastic: “I think it’s amazing how firefighters risk their lives to save others. I’ll be reminding my family to test their smoke alarm”.

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Royal Albert Museum

All of year 1s have been to visit the Royal Albert Museum (RAMM) in Exeter over the past week. They have been busy learning about ancient Egypt over the past few weeks and loved getting to see a life sized sarcophagus containing a mummy. They have learnt about the pyramids, the Sphinx and the river Nile and have made holiday brochures all about Egypt. They enjoyed exploring all the history the museum has to offer and had a picnic to finish off our adventure.

The children all had a great time, Edward said "it was the best day ever", Elysia said "she loved it all", Tommy thought "the animals were so cool"  and  Isabella thought "the sarcophagus was amazing".

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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. 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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Harvest Festival

Year 3 & 4 held their Harvest Festival Performance in the school hall on 17th October. The audience followed a lonely avocado, played by Skye, on her journey around the world as she found out about how different fruits and vegetables are harvested. Both year groups performed a variety of songs, from traditional harvest scores to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and three culturally inspired dances: an Indian dance, a Ugandan dance and a school-yard dance. Skye found children dressed as bearberries, carrots, peas, coffee beans, mangos, bananas, oranges, lemons and sweet potatoes along her journey.

All the children had previously performed in the whole school assembly, where every year group in BCPS and WCPS enjoyed watching what Year 3 & 4 had been working so hard on. They had been practising for a few weeks and it was an excellent opportunity for the children to perform in front of an audience. Some children also had the opportunity to film their bearberry scene in the film studio before the performance.

All the children enjoyed the run up to harvest, as well as the final harvest performance to their family and friends. Hopefully, this performance inspires the children in KS1 to succeed in their Christmas performances and look forward to their involvement with the Harvest Festival in the future. 

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Exeter Football League

Nine Year 5 and 6 pupils were looking to build on their previous successful performance in the second set of Exeter Primary Football League fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 9th October. 

BCPS came up against a well organised Newton St Cyres team in the first game and despite putting the opponents under considerable early pressure the first save of the game was made by Max, making his first appearance in the competition.  Eventually, Fraser was able to break the deadlock with a shot from distance that managed to avoid everyone and find the top corner, with the lead being extended soon after by George with a header.  As the game went on Broadclyst ended up on the defensive with a number of calm interceptions from Joel and Charlie that on occasions led to some promising counter attacks, however the game finished 2-0.

The team went into the next game against Willowbrook looking to defend their unbeaten record but found their goalkeeper in fine form making a number of stunning saves. After a number of high quality team moves the first goal of the game was scored by Ben with a run from deep before nutmegging the goalkeeper, with Harry following by scoring a quick hat-trick to leave the score at 4-0 at half-time. A further two goals were scored by the team, including another header by George that he was delighted to describe in great detail throughout the bus journey back to school, to leave the final score as a highly impressive 6-0 victory.

The spectators were highly impressed by the flowing football on display by the team and every player left the pitch with beaming smiles at the end of both games.  After four fixtures this now leaves BCPS top of their group with a 100% record and a goal difference of +18, looking forward to the next set of fixtures on the 20th November. 

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Bikeability

64 children in Year 5 took part in several week-long training courses to learn how to safely ride their bikes on the road. The course, which began on the 18th and 25th September was delivered by the Bikeability team, who inspired the kids to achieve throughout the fortnight.

The children all began cycling on the playground in school and eventually took their bikes out on the road to practise a series of manoeuvres such as indicating, keeping safe distances from vehicles and turning right at a junction. A number of children had never ridden a bike before and by the end of the week were pedalling happily, which was a fantastic success.

Now many children cycle to school lowering the traffic and pollution in Broadclyst! A big thank-you to everyone on the Bikeability team and well done to all the children involved.

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Exeter Primary Football League

9 pupils from Year 5 and 6 attended the first Group A fixtures in the Exeter Primary Football League at St Peter’s School.  For the five Year 5 pupils involved it was their first opportunity to play in the league, and there was considerable excitement from all involved before the fixtures started.

In the first game against Woodwater, the game started with a number of chances at both ends and Broadclyst fell behind to a well-worked team move.  However they soon equalised through a powerful close-range finish from George just before half-time.  As the second half began the scores were kept level through a number of saves by Ben before Harry put Broadclyst into the lead, which they were able to hold on to until the final whistle, even having a few chances to extend their lead.

In the second game against St. Nicholas, the team showed right from the kick off their increased understanding and team work, carving open the opposition on a number of occasions being thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping before Harry was able to score two goals in quick succession.  The pressure on the St. Nicholas goal continued, with a number of moves being started from Fraser and Charlie at the back, and in the second half Otto took up a number of good positions in scoring a hat trick and George added a sixth goal  to end the day with a resounding victory.

 

 Despite starting their league campaign with a pair of victories, the most pleasing sight was how the entire team supported each other, including the substitutes in each game and the squad are now looking forward to their next fixtures on Monday 9th October. 

 

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