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Ethiopia Trip - Day 3

day3We have arrived successfully in Ethiopia, travelled to Nekemte and had our first day in school today! An eventful day catching up with the staff and organising our projects for the week before being chased off by a swarm of bees!!

We were lucky enough to enjoy some time in the library during an English reading lesson and took part in a coffee ceremony using coffee grown on the school grounds!

We'll be updating our blog throughout the week so stay tuned for further posts.

Hope everyone is enjoying Half-Term,

Mr Beevor and Miss Williams


Ethiopia Trip - Day 4

Our second day in school was a really interesting one as we spent the morning observing the funeral of a local well respected woman of 92 years! It was a moving occasion that was very different from funerals in England.

day4After that we visited some of the local people in their houses and shared with them some local honey, which they had turned into a sweet drink. Debele, the school’s English teacher, showed us lots of different fruits that we eat at home, including: passion fruit, bananas, mango and anchote!

Finally we returned to school and recapped our phonics project from last year as Miss Williams delivered a phonics lesson to Grade 1 children.

All the best,

Mr Beevor and Miss Williams



BCPShas been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

Our international work includes teacher visits to schools in other countries, such as the trip to Ethiopia being undertaken in the October 2015 half-term by Mr James Beevor and Miss Bronnie Williams, and our Microsoft-supported annual Global Enterprise Challenge.

British Council Chief Executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme, which is delivered by the British Council and supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:“Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty. That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of Broadclyst School and the energy and passion of the young people involved.

“The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people have the potential to change things for the better. I’m sure that schools getting involved will be broadening the horizons of their students, which will not only help their careers but benefit their wider lives in the future.”

Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.




GEC 2015-16


We are launching an exciting opportunity for the children in year 6 to be part of a global enterprise community! From now until March 2016 they will be working on the GlobalEnterprise Challenge (GEC), a business enterprise project. You can follow their progress on the website, on Facebook and Twitter.




The children will be working in small teams learning basic business skills, putting their learning into a real-life context. In their groups, they will be designing a product and pitching their business plan to ‘The Dragons Den,’ a team of investors including Mr Bishop, Mr James and Mrs Rothery.  If the children gain their start-up funding from the dragons they will be able to invest in materials to create their product. 




The challenge includes product design, market research, manufacture and marketing, and encompasses many different elements of the curriculum. The exciting part is that not only will the teams be creating their own successful small business in school, they will be working as part of a larger international company, with many schools from around the world, discussing their ideas every step of the way using Yammer, email and Skype for Business.




We already have 21 schools from around the world taking part, from countries including Jamaica, Lebanon and India. There will be a winning team for the most successful final presentation.  Last year, the winners - the bookmark team from R N Podar School, Mumbai, India - were rewarded with a trip to Seattle to meet Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice-president of education. 




This project has been funded and supported by Microsoft, which has allowed it to go global, enabling




On Thursday we held a sponsered Dance-athon to raise money for the school Ethiopia Project. It was great fun, there was dancing going on all day long, and hopefully we will have raised lots of money.

Throughout the day, from 9.00am to 2.30pm each of the year groups had a session with Kari Brooks, the dance teacher learning the moves for the routine that they would perform as a whole school. At 3.00pm all of the children and staff gathered in the hall and after a few rehearsals they went through the whole routine. There is a clip on the school Facebook page and Twitter feed.

It was filmed by Hayley Burrows and will part of this week's BTV News. You can access it via ClickView.



Mr James Beevor and Miss Bronnie Williams will be visiting our partner school, Bekumsa Biya, Ethiopia during half-term.  This partnership has been supported by the British Council for the past eight years enabling the teachers to travel and spend some time with the Ethiopian teachers supporting their best practice development and curriculum. The two will be teaching mathematical investigations that they will bring back and continue in school here as a joint project. They will also be looking at the phonic teaching and teaching of English in Ethiopia and will be collecting video footage and photographs to bring back to the UK.   

The Partnership has enriched our project-based curriculum at BCPS as it has allowed the children to communicate with, and gain an understanding of, many difficulties children living in developing countries face.   

Thank you to all of you who have supported the partnership over the years and for donating to the children’s sponsored Danceathon that took place on Thursday 22 October.

James and Bronnie will be updating a daily blog on the BCPS website and will be posting regular updates on the school’s Facebook page.








An exciting moment as the largely untried Broadclyst Colts stepped off the bus to play as one of 5 teams in the Lady Seawards World Cup Tournament. First up was Blackpool school and an early two tries from Broadclyst meant victory looked certain. Blackpool fought back with two tries of their own despite a valiant defence before a final Broadclyst try cemented our victory. Final score 3:2 to Broadclyst. No time for rest! Broadclyst Defence getting more and more confident and some spectacular passing leading to a triumph over Lady Seaward B team 4 : 1.

Immediately afterwards Broadclyst played Lady Seaward A team, winning 5 tries to nothing before facing Chudleigh Knighton in a nail-biting final game. Broadclyst defended hard and attacked harder finally winning by 1 point right on the whistle. Final score 2:1.The Broadclyst Colts were: Joseph (Capt), Charlie, Joaquim, Emily, Harriet, Maddie, Ben, Daniel and Daniel.

For the first time, Broadclyst has been able to field 3 senior teams in a tournament. The matches started after lunch with two pools, which inevitably meant that at some point Broadclyst would be playing itself!

In Pool A – Broadclyst A and Broadclyst C. In Pool B – Broadclyst B.

Broadclyst C played extremely well for a team that haven’t played together before and continued to gel throughout the afternoon. Their first match against Silverton was a draw at 4:4, their second game against Lady Seaward B was a draw at 2:2 their third game against Broadclyst A was a loss of 1: 6. The level of respect and general sportsmanship if worthy of comment, with both teams trying to the final whistle and taking the game seriously. Unfortunately this meant that Broadclyst C were knocked out of the Tournament.

Broadclyst B lost their first match to Lady Seaward A at 4:2, before drawing with Whimple 7:7 in a fast paced game with some brilliant passing and tagging. By their final game against Blackpool A, the team were reading the pitch and themselves much better and were just pipped before the final whistle at 3:2.

Broadclyst A, having had the benefit of playing together for the past 2 years played some truly spectacular rugby throughout the Tournament. Their first match against Lady Seawards B was won 7:3. Their second match against Silverton was won 6:3. Against Broadclyst C they won 6:1 which put them through to the final.

The final Tournament match comprised the winners from each pool. Broadclyst A and Blackpool A. Blackpool A were formidable opponents matching Broadclyst point for point through the whole match before Broadclyst put a final try over the line right on the whistle. Final score 8: 7 to Broadclyst and we went home with another very well earned cup! Afterwards a number of the teachers from the other schools commented on the very high standard of Tag Rugby that they had seen and how much Broadclyst had caused them to raise their game.

The Teams were:

Broadclyst C: Talia [Capt], Sam, Joe, Liam, Harry, Izzy, Maggie, Erin.

Broadclyst B: Thomas[Capt], Polly, Alfie, Chloe, Lewis, Keira, Josh, Sam.

Broadclyst A: Jack[Capt}, Dom, Sam, Harry, Breanna, Charlotte, Josef, Jess, Finlay.




We launched the school’s strategic maths skill practice at a recent parent training session. We believe that good maths teaching should be investigative and should allow children to solve problems, while also providing them with the core skills that they need to succeed.

Accelerated Maths allows teachers to assign a mathematical skills programme to each child in their class. Children are then able to complete the work on any device with an internet connection. The activities are designed to involve written workings, so the school is providing a specific book for all children in Key Stage 2, which will allow them to work through activities effectively at home.

So, how does this work in practice? In the classroom, students may be engaged in exercises related to their current maths topic. At home, or during independent work time, students will follow a personalised programme throughout the academic year. This will allow them to use the system to practise their current class topics as well as reacquainting themselves with topics that have been covered already.

At the parent training session, we also discussed the school’s updated calculation policy, which aims to demonstrate clearly how the school teaches mathematical operations. The calculation policy is available in each class OneNote notebook and on the school website here:


We also recommend that those wishing to support their child further, at home, make use of the wider bank of online resources available, such as Mathletics, Purple Mash, Espresso and each class’s OneNote notebook.

The school’s login portal for Accelerated Maths can be found here: https://ukhosted19.renlearn.co.uk/1896676/HomeConnect/ or on the ‘Learning at Home’ page of the school website which houses all of our other online resources.

We welcome parent feedback on both Accelerated Maths and on the calculation policy.





Great West Run

Today we took part in the 31st Great West Run half marathon. 114 children from across the whole school have over the past few months been running one or two miles a week until they had reached 12 miles. The final 1.1 miles was run today.

We were that largest group in the schools challenge making up nearly 10% of all runners. The children and parents met outside the library before walking to the holding area near the start line in Old Tiverton Road. It was very busy and the teachers were counting, re-counting and re-re-counting the children!

All the children did really well and ran at their own pace. We managed to take 2nd and 3rd place overall and the 1st girl over the line. Well done to everyone.

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