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Football News At Clyst Vale and St Luke's School

On Wednesday the 26th, 8 children from years 1 and 2 went to St. Luke’s to take part in a football tournament. It was a busy occasion with the team playing 11 matches!

There was some excellent teamwork from the children who won 5 of their games and lost only 2. Jai Jai and Max both scored several goals (well done boys!) and Billy managed to score a vital last second goal to win another game.

Well done to Haywards who came first, followed by Westcliff and St. Nicholas.

We look forward to taking part in more tournaments!

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We also had some footballers from Years 4,5,6 play in a friendly football festival at Clyst Vale on Wednesday 26th April.

Most of the opposition had strong year 5/6 teams so our year 4’s did really well to step up and perform brilliantly.

We played 5 games in total winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 1.

Stand out performances were from Jack, Ben, Theo (Year 4) and Daniel (Year 5).

 Everyone was really well behaved and enjoyed themselves. 



Year 3 Trip To The Apple Store

Year 3 visited the Apple Store in Princesshay to take part in a number of workshops about coding. The children were able to use new and exciting programmes to help them write and amend coded programmes.

One of the applications that the children used was called Tynker. In this app the children had to progress through levels of increasing difficulty in order to help a character. Working in pairs, the children were able to create a code that saw the character safely navigate their way through a number of obstacles and challenges in order to reach their treasure and move on to the next and more difficult level. The children were able to work together to complete each level using their logic and reasoning skills. By using these skills, if a written code did not have the desired output they worked hard to identify problems and overcome them ensuring success the next time around.

Some of the groups were able to use the application Lightening Lab which saw the children design a written code that could move a robot along a given track. When using this application the children were having to think carefully about a number of mathematical elements such as time, distance, speed, turns and degrees. The track the children were asked to travel along was challenging with lots of sharp turns and steep angles. All of the children worked excellently together and were able to negotiate most of the treacherous track, with some children successfully writing a code to travel the entire track!

 All of the children and staff really enjoyed their visit to the Apple Store and learned a great deal more about the process of coding and all the different elements that have to be considered in order to write an accurate coded programme.

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Skype Call With Spain

Year 1 had their first Skype call with a school in Spain on Wednesday. This is part of our GPC project which is all about growing.  

We have been leaning some basic Spanish and lots of children got to practice introducing themselves to the children from Spain. We learnt that in Spain it is always hot and sunny, they eat lots of fruits, rice and chicken for lunch. Some of our children were really brave and stood up to introduce our school and what we have been growing so far. We have started lots of growing this year. Some children grew some cress which grew really well and we were able to eat it. We planted carrots and runner beans in our classroom but unfortunately, when we planted them outside they died. We think this is because we have had hail and frost. We are starting again and have started growing peas, tomatoes and peppers. 

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Heatree Residential Trip

From Wednesday 3rd until Friday 5th May, a hugely excited Year 5 visited Heatree on residential linked to our work about rivers and the Bronze age.  The year group split into two halves, Badgers and Foxes, completing the same activities but in the opposite order to each other. Badgers were led by Mr. Kimber, Mr. Lees and Mrs. Andrews, while Foxes were led by Mr. Harrison, Mrs. Lord and Miss. Smith.

On the Wednesday, Badgers completed a river study following the River Lemon from its mouth on the beach in Teignmouth to its boggy source next to Haytor.  They observed the river, measuring the depth, width and flow at a number of points along the way, even enjoying lunch by the river at one stop!  Foxes made their way straight to Heatree and completed a number of survival activities including; building their own shelters in the woods, constructing ovens made from willow and mud, to their highlight of the day lighting fires and roasting marshmallows in their fully-built ovens.  The next day, after an early start and a filling breakfast, this saw foxes creating production lines in their cycle factories, mimicking the cycles of food and water for both animals and plants, using plastic balls, tubes, trolleys and even blindfolds at one point! Badgers went searching for aquatic life in a freshwater stream, finding a range of creatures ranging from the very small to a number of larger than expected dragonfly nymphs.  That evening both groups were able to experience life in an authentic Bronze age roundhouse, reading stories that they had written the week before to one another around the fire, with some pupils dressed as they would have been in the Bronze age.  On the Friday, before returning to school, Badgers participated in the survival activities at Heatree, while Foxes tracked the course of the River Lemon, although from the source to the mouth this time.

Overall the residential and the activities were thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and the staff that went and had a hugely positive impact on Year 5’s understanding on the Bronze age, with discussion as to everybody’s favourite activities continuing throughout the return journey to school.   George stated that his favourite activity was the Water World, especially the shuffle in the stream to get all the creatures into the net.  He also enjoyed learning the names for what he had found, especially liking the cased caddis fly larvae.

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Football Tournament

The year 5/6 football team competed in the Exeter schools league on Monday 27th March at St Peters school. 

They played two games, one against Tipton primary which they won 5-2 and one against Montgomery B winning 2-1. The team played really well and were  organised throughout. We went behind twice in the first game but showed great character to come back and win the game 5-2. 

George scoring 4goals.

Joseph, Alfie and Charlie all getting one goal each.



Cinema Club

Before the holiday we held the half-termly Cinema Club, where we watched Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Being offered to Year 1, 2 and Key Stage 2, Sixty-Five eager Star Wars fans attended to discover the secrets behind Luke Skywalker’s parentage. There was laughter at C3PO and R2D2’s banter, gasps at the carbonation of Han Solo and surprise at the cliff-hanger ending that has hopefully left them wanting more! Keep your eyes peeled next term for when the next Cinema Club will be announced.

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Year 4 Dr Who Micro:bits

BBC held a live lesson for secondary school coding and the use of Micro:bits; our Year 4 and 5s joined in! They learnt a huge variety of coding techniques and languages used when accessing Micro:bits programs. The children programmed their Micro:bits to act like a compass and adapt a code that required them to shake their Micro:bits for 30 seconds. Alongside all of this, the children were able to find the Tardis, save the planet and defeat the Dalek invasion!

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Year 5 Trip to Dawlish Warren

A highlight of the week for Year 5 was our trip to Dawlish Warren on Thursday. Year 5 learned a lot about how the sea and wind affect beaches and the different ways that we try to protect our coasts from erosion. The children then went down onto the beach to build some defences around their own sandcastles!17554568 812209728930883 3548467569041089593 n

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Years 4-6 Disco

Years 4 – 6 thoroughly enjoyed their annual disco on Friday 24th March at Clyst Vale Community College.  Last year’s school leavers, now Year 7, joined them for a boogie. Congratulations to this year’s dance competition winners:

Lily                     Year 7

Mia                     Year 7

Daisy                  Year 6

Harry                  Year 6

Joaquim              Year 5

Daniel                 Year 5

Sophia                 Year 4

Harry                   Year 4

Jake                     Year 4

Lucy                     Year 4

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Year 4 Trip to Morwellham Quay

Year 4 spent the day at Morwellham Quay last week learning more about the Victorians. The small living museum appealed greatly to the entire class as they were able to use their prior knowledge of the era, which they grew in class by investigating key areas of Victorian culture. 

At Morwellham Quay, they travelled underground on a mine train, discovering the techniques used in the 1800s to extract coal and ore. Using their prior knowledge on the visit to the Harbour Master’s house, many children were able to identify a variety of ancient items displayed throughout the house, such as Victorian hot water bottles and bed pans. The highlight for many children was when they were given the opportunity to dress up in Victorian clothing. Many of the boys thoroughly enjoyed trying on the many hats worn by Victorian gentlemen and the girls loved trying on the glamorous dresses; given the chance, a few boys also tried on many of the glamorous dresses too! 

They also went back in time to experience a Victorian school, finding out just how strict school used to be! They got the chance to improve their handwriting, using chalk and slate, learning the importance of the number 12 to Victorians and discovering out the many cruel punishments that children in the Victorian school would have faced. 

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