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Items filtered by date: December 2013

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.

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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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Corn Exchange Concert

Nearly 150 children from six primary schools in the Clyst Vale Local Learning Community, East Devon, took part in a concert at the Exeter Corn Exchange on 27 March.

Prior to the concert the children had weekly rehearsals with teachers Alex Pulfer and Anthony Lees, where they learnt songs and got to grips with samba drumming. Some of the children also played in the band. As well as singing two songs collectively, each school choir performed an individual song.The schools involved were Whimple Primary School, Clyst St Mary Primary School, Rockbeare Primary School, Stoke Canon CofE Primary School, Silverton CofE Primary School, as well as our school who took along the Chamber Choir and Band members. There were two performances for family and friends.The children were amazing and all represented their schools singing a range of upbeat songs. 

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Disco

On Friday 10th March, the children from Reception to Year 3 had their annual school disco. There was plenty of energy shown during the evening, by the children (and adults) performing a whole host of moves on the dancefloor. DJ Ross did a great job of playing the right songs throughout the night, and organising the various dance competitions. A big thank you to the staff and parent volunteers for all their help, and the team at Clyst Vale Community College for being so accommodating.

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