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Parent Training

IT training workshops for all parents have been run by Anthony Lees and Matt Pitts since last April. The topics covered have included Office365, OneNote, literacy and maths websites, programming, eSafety, how to access your child’s targets and school work at home. Feedback has been very positive.

parentITHeld in the new hall, the workshops utilise parents’ own devices, or some of the school’s Microsoft Surface computers. Each is typically repeated at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm, offering maximum opportunities for all parents to attend, and in future one session will be available to attend via Skype and recorded for later viewing.

More workshops are planned, and will include sessions on how programming, and sandbox worlds like Minecraft, Kodu and Project Spark, are and will be, used across the school to support both the computing curriculum and other subjects.



Sports News

Pupils from the school have competed in a range of sporting events, across a diverse array of sports and disciplines, achieving some brilliant successes so far this term.


We have made it through to the Devon Team Athletics competition after a fantastic day at St Luke's in the qualifiers and will be traveling down to Plymouth Life Centre for the finals to compete against teams from across Devon on 26 February.

Our tag rugby team enjoyed an excellent start to 2016, winning two World Cup competitions, one at Sandy Park run by the Exeter Chiefs and another at Lady Seaward’s school.

Cross country runners from years 3 and 4 qualified for the Exeter cross country finals after they achieved very high places in a field of over 100 competitors running around the Killerton Estate last November. The young racers overcame the 1.5km distance in the hammering rain at amazing speeds!




Here is an article from the January edition of DEVON LIFE, about some of our recent global projects and partnerships.:

Teachers have made regular visits to Bekumsa Biya school in Ethiopia

Teachers have made regular visits to Bekumsa Biya school in Ethiopia

Pupils at a Devon school are getting involved in projects overseas, as Manya McMahon explainsMedia meets artMedia meets art

A state primary school in the East Devon village of Broadclyst is operating at a global level, thanks to technology and a resourceful team of teachers.

Broadclyst Community Primary School has been able to involve its 436 pupils in a variety of overseas links and projects that provide valuable cultural experiences.


Connecting classrooms

A partnership with Bekumsa Biya school in Ethiopia has resulted in regular visits from BCPS teachers, who teach there with the support of the British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme. Their experiences, photographs and footage have increased pupils’ knowledge and understanding of global citizenship.

Bronnie Williams and James Beevor were the visiting teachers in 2015. They introduced the Broadclyst vs Bekumsa Biya Olympics, demonstrating the use of investigation in teaching mathematical skills. They tasked the Grade 4 children with measuring their own long jumps and timing themselves running 400m, as well as recording their scores for the children of Broadclyst to compete against.

Continue reading the full article at devonlife.co.uk


Boys Futsall Competition


A very cold but exhilarating night on St Luke’s AstroTurf pitch ended with the Broadclyst A team beating a Year 7 team from St Luke’s to top their group and finish 5th out of 15! What a great end to an evening of high drama which saw the team winning emphatically (Jack Bishop scoring a hat trick) one minute and then losing 6-0 in the next match. I guess that is sport and you have to get through the hard times to achieve your best.


Both teams came up against a variety of standards in their matches but perseverance and respect was seen everywhere on the pitch, a great credit to the school! I would like to thank Mr Abrahams for his tactical input when both sides needed some encouragement at the half way point. The team left St Luke’s confident and ready to enter our next challenge.



Nursery News

nursery The Nursery children enjoyed both Halloween and Diwali celebrations, and learned two new stories as well as 12 sounds in Phonics.


The children learnt about how Diwali is celebrated round the world. They watched videos showing how people decorate their homes, visit temples and enjoy feasts with their family and friends. They made Diwa lamps from salt dough and talked about how the celebrations are similar to Christmas and Fireworks Night.


Whatever Next by Jill Murphy is part of the Day and Night topic. The children enjoyed reading the story together and using props to retell it. We used iPads to film the children's role-play.


The Nursery children have enjoyed their daily phonics session and have learnt a sound per week. They enjoy saying the sounds in different voices and have all practised writing the letters using correct pencil grip. So far they have learnt 12 sounds!


For Halloween, we read the story Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. The children loved listening to the story on CD. They harvested pumpkins from the allotment and made their own pumpkin soup! They were fascinated to use pumpkins as a canvas for painting, and they also explored the pulp and used their senses to describe the texture and smell.



Year 1 News

The packed term for year 1 children has included a stained glass project, a school nurse visit, a trip into the village and talking to children in Ethiopia – as well as finding out a lot about themselves.

All about me

In this project, that focuses on the children themselves, they looked at the work of the artist Keith Waring and how he used bold lines, simple shapes and movement. They used iPads to capture photographs of each other and used these to create pictures. They also explored their senses, and made investigations about their heights and eye colour, making graphs and pictograms. They even wrote applications for the jobs they would like when they grow up!



Trip to Buckfast Abbey

The children looked at the stained glass windows in the Abbey, and had a discussion about different types of windows. One of the monks talked to them about how, and when the Abbey was build. The children have made their own stained glass windows using glass paint.






teethteeth2School Nurse visit

The School Nurse talked to the children about eating healthily, including a rainbow of foods, and also about how to look after their bodies and their teeth.






Year 1 used the studio to film themselves telling the children at Bekumsa Biya school in Ethiopia all about us here at Broadclyst. They were able to make comparisons between the lives of children, both at home and at school, in Nekemte and Broadclyst.



Year 2 News

2floatingsinkingThe children in year 2 have been studying floating and sinking, and learning a lot about the Second World War. They have also been developing their netball skills and composing music.





Floating and Sinking

During the first half term year 2 pupils took part in several investigations about floating and sinking. This enabled them to discover and test which materials would be best to build their model Titanic boat.

They explored the flexibility, strength and durability of materials before making their final decisions. Within this project they were naturally inquisitive and took on research activities to gain as much information about the Titanic as they could.


ww2WWII and trip to Tiverton Museum

The children have been exploring Devon in WWII as part of their local history learning. They were lucky enough to meet a real WWII evacuee who was evacuated from Plymouth to Tiverton.

museumPupils put together questions before our trip to meet Bert at Tiverton Museum and had them answered. They tried gas masks on, sat in an air raid shelter and enjoyed workshops on rationing, the blackout, make-do and mend and evacuation.














Throughout this term pupils have developed their team-building skills as well as learning the basic netball passes, pivoting/foot work and positioning to enable them to begin playing matches.



2musicThe year 2 children have been experimenting with a variety of sounds using untuned and tuned instruments, voice, ukuleles and boomwhackers. They have worked as a class, in groups and as individuals to create and compose pieces of music. They developed skills such as listening, rhythm and using their voices expressively and creatively.




Year 3 News

gardenYear 3’s busy term has included an exciting quilting project, run by Killerton House, which also involved learning a lot about apples. The children’s joint harvest performance with year 4 was entitled the Great Broadclyst Bake Off, and they’ve have fun writing newspaper reports of a dragon sighting on the school field!

Killerton Quilting Project

The month-long quilting project run by Killerton House taught the children a range of techniques including printing, sewing and transfers, and they each produced a piece based on a harvest theme. Their work was of a very high standard, which impressed the Killerton volunteers, and was displayed alongside work from other schools at the Killerton Apple and Cider Festival in October. It is now hanging proudly in the classroom. The children loved taking part, and we are hoping that the school will be asked to participate again next year.


Trip to Killerton Orchards

As part of the quilting project, the children visited Killerton orchards to learn about harvest time, different types of apples and their uses, and how apple juice is made. They picked apples, tried using the machinery used to press them and tasted apple juice.

garden3They also saw the beehives in the orchards, and learned about how important bees are for the trees.



The annual harvest performance by years 3 and 4 was the first in the new school hall. Entitled The Great Broadclyst Bake Off, it followed the story of bread production from seed to loaf. As well as a range of songs and dances, the performance included video footage of life at a mill (produced in the studio) and the judging - by ‘Mary’ and ‘Paul’ - of bread baked by the children! Preparation for the performance involved trips to Clyston Mill to see how wheat is turned into flour, and to a Tesco bakery to watch the flour being made into bread.

Dragon sighting

The year 3 children have this term written newspaper articles about a ‘dragon sighting’ on the school field. The articles were about a wizard called Angus who was visiting, and was followed from Scotland by his dragon. The children Skyped with Angus to ask him questions about the dragon, and wrote articles to inform the residents of Broadclyst that the dragon had not been captured so they needed to be on the lookout for her. They also wrote ‘Wanted’ descriptions so that residents knew what the dragon looked like.

No further sightings of the dragon have been reported, but be aware – and call the Battersea Dragons’ Home if you see her!


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