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Lodhi Gardens

Tut tut ride number two took us to the deer park in Delhi, to join in birthday celebrations, where we had the opportunity to ride a camel and an Indian elephant. Afterwards we went to a traditional Indian restaurant and tried some vegetarian Indian dishes. We then went onto Lodhi gardens and looked around the tombs and monuments built in the 15th century and found out about some of their history  from a local expert.

Tomorrow we are going into our link school, Josola, and will be meeting the pupils and teachers.  We will be teaching four lessons, presenting them with a handmade parachute, then meeting with the principals of each of the different schools and creating a project plan. 

 

 

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Taj Mahal

This morning we got up at 7:00am ready for our day in Agra.  The journey was a four-hour drive along a newly-built dual-carriageway although we were unsure whether we would be able to see the Taj Mahal due to the thick mist that hung in the air. Luckily by the time we reached the city the sun had burnt through the mist and a blue sky was on the horizon.  We were greeted by our tour guide Amrish, a local who was brought up in the city.  Our first stop was the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. Our guide told us the story of its origins and led us around supplying us with interesting facts along the way. In order to preserve the Indian marble of the Taj Mahal visitors are required to remove their shoes or wear covers over them. We all had our photos taken on the Diana bench located centrally to the monument.

Next we visited ‘Handicrafts Palace’ and were shown the process of inlay work, the ancient way of decorating marble with various kinds of semi-precious stones. This work is as old as the Taj Mahal and the Taj is decorated all over in this way with stones such as Malachite, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.  The work was so beautiful and intricate and we learnt that it can take two men up to 20 days to make a circular piece with a diameter of 25cm.

Before we travelled back to Delhi we went to Kohimoor, a family-run jewellers to see some beautiful tapestries and jewellery.  The tapestries contained jewels provided by the family and have since been given to them to preserve. Some of the pieces took 30 years to hand stitch by one artist.

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Arrived in Delhi

We touched down in New Delhi today at 6:00am GMT, 11:30 Indian time. We were greeted at the airport and travelled into the city. The journey along the way was an eye-opener, cows and stray dogs were roaming the streets and cars and tut tuts were weaving in and out of each other beeping their horns. We spent the rest of the day planning our week and organising our days at the school. 

Today we learnt about how the Good Samaritan School was set up 20 years ago.  Ananthi Jebasingh was in her home in south Delhi and child turned up at her house begging for food.  She gave him some food and the child ran off.  The next day another child came to the house to beg for food. Ananthi Jebasingh wanted to help the children, and found she could make a difference by teaching them, providing them with an education.  Over a period of time two children became four and four became eight.  Before long she had to expand and with the support from the Indian Government teachers were able to create a school with several classrooms, three sites and hundreds of pupils.

Tomorrow we will be visiting the Taj Mahal along with one of the teachers from the school Madanpur Khadar.

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Foundation Visit FlyBe

This half term Foundation children have been learning about countries around the world.  As an introduction to their topic they were lucky enough to visit Flybe at Exeter Airport to experience what it is like to go on an aeroplane. 

On the aeroplane the children sat in the seats and used the tray tables to have their snack which was brought round by Mrs Dudley and Mrs Williams using the air steward’s trolley!  They then took it in turns to sit in the pilot’s seat, wear the head phones and talk to the passengers.

All the children (and staff) had a fantastic time and learnt lots from their experiences!

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Year 1 Trip to The Vue Cinema, Exeter

On Monday 10th February and Tuesday 11th February as part of Animate Exeter Year 1 went to the Vue cinema in Exeter to watch a selection of short animations curated by FILMCLUB and the British Council.

From losing teeth, an Indian myth about a man with no head, exploring space to a furry eco warrior and the things you find in your hair, there were lots of fun short film stories  for the children to enjoy. The programme was made up of seven short films and featured an exciting mix of animation, live-action and documentary.

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The Day Has Arrived!

Miss Farrant and Miss Northcott will be flying out to New Delhi on February 13th and returning on February 22nd. The week will be spent visiting 3 different schools and then spending 2 days at ‘The Good Samaritan School’, which is the school directly linked with Broadclyst.  Whilst there Miss Farrant and Miss Northcott will be sharing their knowledge and teaching a variety of activities.

The main aim is to develop and maintain a link with the school in India so that we can share ideas, continue collaborative working and develop communication between the staff and children.

During the visit Miss Northcott and Miss Farrant will be updating this blog on the school website so you can track their visit. If you follow Broadclyst via Facebook or Twitter you will also be able to keep up-to-date with the visit.

There are 2 other local schools involved in the project and our school has already spent time collaborating with them on a range of different projects including creating scrapbooks, retelling traditional English folk law and letter writing.

 

In April 2 teachers from India will be visiting the UK and spending time in each of the 3 schools over here.  Hopefully this will be the first visit of many and will help to secure the developing links.

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India Trip has Arrived

Miss Farrant and Miss Northcott will be flying out to New Delhi on February 13th and returning on February 22nd. The week will be spent visiting 3 different schools and then spending 2 days at ‘The Good Samaritan School’, which is the school directly linked with Broadclyst.  Whilst there Miss Farrant and Miss Northcott will be sharing their knowledge and teaching a variety of activities.

The main aim is to develop and maintain a link with the school in India so that we can share ideas, continue collaborative working and develop communication between the staff and children.

During the visit Miss Northcott and Miss Farrant will be updating a blog on the school website so you can track their visit. In order to do this you will need to log onto the schools website, click on News Room and then onto India Trip 2014.  If you follow Broadclyst via Facebook or Twitter you will also be able to keep up-to-date with their visit.

The link below will take you directly to ‘India Trip 2014' our blog for this trip:

http://www.bcps.org.uk/index.php/news-room/india-trip-2014

There are 2 other local schools involved in the project and our school has already spent time collaborating with them on a range of different projects including creating scrapbooks, retelling traditional English folk law and letter writing.

In April 2 teachers from India will be visiting the UK and spending time in each of the 3 schools over here.  Hopefully this will be the first visit of many and will help to secure the developing links.  

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Board Games R2

Board games club is run by Miss Angela Crossley-May and Ms Nicola Knight on Thursdays in 1ACM. It is a chance for children to combine thought, concentration and strategy with friendship and competition, great skills that every child should develop. Games and puzzles can help children to learn about the world in which they live. Through playing games children are able to learn the alphabet or practise their mental arithmetic skills whilst enjoying themselves.

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Gardening and Wildlife

Gardening and wildlife club is run by Miss Lucy Wester and Mrs Jayne Charlton on Thursdays at 3.30-4.45pm and the children meet in 4LW. It gives children not only the opportunity to enjoy lots of hands-on experience of growing but also to make the school environment and allotment as eco-friendly as possible, reducing, recycling and reusing as much as we can, and trying to encourage lots of wildlife into the garden.

The children will look at seasonal plants, fruit and vegetables and make a plan for their raised bed. Over the weeks they tend their crops, which in previous years have been sold at the school fete, or the flowers used to decorate the school dining tables.

      

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Trip Approaching!

Miss Farrant and Miss Northcott are preparing for their upcoming trip to India. They have been working with children within the school creating powerpoints and books to take with them. They are very excited and can't wait to share our children's work and messages with the children in India. Following this blog will keep you up to date with all their adventures.

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