25 Year 2 pupils enjoyed attending a Multi-skills event at Clyst Vale on the 15th November 2017.
Each pupil participated in a carousel of activities that included skipping, tennis, bowling and a target throw. The activities, whilst ensuring that they were fun, were intended to develop a variety of skills including their agility and coordination. This is as well as providing the opportunity to experience some of these activities from a new perspective.
Everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to take part and wanted to play many of the games again with Theo saying that ‘It was really cool playing all the games,’ Morgan agreed and found the bowling game the most fun.
Pupils took part in a table tennis tournament in Plympton on 6th November 2017.
The table tennis squad sent eight children to the tournament with Mr Kimber and Mr Abrahams. The girls: Harriet, Emily, Maddie and Jessie played some really tough games against girls from Okehampton and St Andrews. In those teams were national runners up and some other great players. The girls came second overall and played excellently – all of them winning at least one match.
The boys: Marlon, Freddie, Fraser and Charlie also played against a number of teams – St Andrews, Okehampton and St Christopher’s, Staverton, Totnes.
They won nearly all of their games and managed to win the whole competition! There was some fierce competition, but the boys managed to come out on top. Marlon said that he enjoyed the games and that one of the organisers may find him a place in the individual competition.
All of the children really enjoyed the whole competition. Our more experienced players found the competition challenging and some of our newer players had a great chance to improve and even get some tips from others.
Everyone found this a very enjoyable experience and the whole team are looking forward to more competitions and events later in the year.
10 Children in last term’s Year 2 and Year 4 at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) are delighted to have won the Devon History Society Primary School History Prize the first time it has been awarded.
The youngsters impressed the judges with their project book on the history of Broadclyst. The children in Year 2 looked at what life would have been like as a child at Broadclyst school in the 1950s. They approached the project as historians, investigating old school records and photographs from the time, interviewing a local resident who had attended the school in the 1950s and then compiling this research in their very own diary entries. They also designed a school emblem based on what they thought it would have looked like at the time, recreating this with elements of historical fact found in the old photographs.
Year 4 looked at what life would have been in Broadclyst itself when the school was built and first opened in the early 1800s. They went on a historical walk around the village, took pictures and wrote descriptions about Clyston Mill, St John the Baptist Church, Marker’s Cottage (the first home in the village made of wattle and daub) and Broadclyst’s rural farmland. They then drew and painted watercolour illustrations of each historical landmark.
Secretary of the Devon History Society, Viv Styles, commented: “We were very impressed by the standard of work overall and by the emphasis on the history of the village as well as the diary entries of school life in the 1950s. The illustrations are delightful too.”
Jonathan Bishop, headteacher at BCPS, added: “We are very proud of the children, who have been able to learn and understand real history through this project-based approach to learning.”
The award was announced at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on 14th October. Members have visited the school and presented the prize, of history books for the school library, and a framed certificate.
10 children from Year 6 took part in a trip to Global to record a radio ad for BCPS and WCPS open days. The children are the marketing reps for their Global Enterprise Projects and were able to explore and discuss what advertising and marketing meant when creating adverts.
They started their trip with a tour of the Global building meeting various people in the office and getting to view the production studios. They were then taken through to the ‘Heart Devon’ studio with Matt and Victoria and were able to ask questions to the presenters. Matt talked the children through what they do and also showed how he can link songs that he was playing, live on air!
The group were then taking into Global’s conference room where they were able to discuss what things they liked about the school and what they think should be in the advert. Many children spoke about how “helpful, supportive and caring” the teachers are. The wide range of clubs they take part in, such as climbing, sailing and golf and the Microsoft Surfaces they use in the school.
It was then on to the recording studios where the children got to each wear headphones and stand in front of the mic ready for their parts in the ad! Each child took their turns at recording and producing their clip and was able to listen back to it over the speakers. The children were all excited (and some a bit nervous!) about their roles but performed brilliantly.
On returning to school all of the children said that they “really enjoyed it and would love to work there!”
The ads have been live since Thursday 9th November.
14 girls representing the school competed in an Under 12s futsal tournament at St Luke’s school on Tuesday 7th November. They were split into two teams competing against a mixture of teams from both primary and secondary schools, emphasising the challenge that the girls faced.
On a particularly cold evening on the Astro-turf, and they could have been forgiven for struggling in the almost freezing wind. However, the girls talent, effort and teamwork more than compensated for the age difference and harsh conditions, which was clear to see through their great performances. Broadclyst Yellows endured a tough start against the eventual winners of the competition, but turned it around and didn’t concede a goal for the rest of the tournament. They eventually came to a very credible 8th place given the standard of the opposition. Highlights of their results include winning 4-0 and 3-0 in the second round of fixtures to top their group, including 5 goals from Tegan supported by an excellent goalkeeping performance by Emily, and were unlucky not to finish higher in the overall rankings.
Broadclyst Blues also put in many spirited performances, and their incredible enthusiasm throughout their games finally paid dividends in their last game when they kept a clean sheet and drew 0-0 to earn their first point of the day, boosting them to 11th place out of the 14 teams, an excellent achievement on the first occasion many of the girls represented the school. Both teams should be very proud of their achievements as each and every girl demonstrated that they deserved their place in the squad, with improvements clear throughout the competition and when asked if they enjoyed the competition a resounding ‘yes’ was exclaimed by all!
30 pupils from Years 2,3 and 4 attended the cross-country event at Killerton as part of the Exeter and Mid-Devon school games on 2nd November 2017. Pupils from BCPS competed in the Boys Year 1/2, Girls Year 1/2 over a 1100m course, with the Boys Year 3/4 and Girls Year 3/4 events being run over 1300m. Over 100 pupils were participating in each race from a range of local schools and all pupils who run tried their hardest and represented the school in the best possible manner.
Despite the challenging cross-country conditions, running around a field more typically seen as the location of grazing cows and bearing all the signs of this, pupils all hugely enjoyed the highly authentic conditions, including comparing to see who ended up with the muddiest legs! In the Boys Year 1/2 race, Josh and Mathew finished third and fourth respectively and with the efforts of Finlay and Harrison included also contributed to a first-place finish in the team event. Jasper also ran exceptionally well to win the Boys Year 3/4 race and the accompanying gold medal, also winning a bronze medal for finishing third in the team event for this race along with Max, Reuben and Harry. The girls also ran well with Jess finishing in a highly impressive fourth in the Girls Year 3/4 race and the Girls Year 1/2 team running around closely together, showing excellent team spirit supporting each other all the way to the finish.
Everyone was supportive of the entire team throughout all of their races, with Sophia stating that she was "extremely proud of herself and everyone".
Year 3 went to learn about apple pressing at Killerton on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 4th October 2017. Killerton boasts 50 acres of traditionally managed orchards with over 100 varieties of apple tree. Every autumn the apples are collected by hand, squeezed by a 200-year-old press and turned into cider or apple juice, which Year 3 got to experience and taste first hand for themselves!
The children collected their own apples for pressing in true competition style. In teams, they decided on names for themselves such as The Candy Apples, The Picky Apples and Super Apple Pickers before racing against the clock to collect the biggest bags of apples from the orchard floor. They learnt that any apples remaining on the trees were not ready for harvest until they fall naturally to the floor and that the different varieties of apple are used to create different tasting ciders and juices! Using the apples that they had helped to harvest, the children were able to see the 200-year-old apple press in action and learn about Devon’s traditional cider and apple juice making industry. They could ask questions about the different processes involved, like what happens to the ‘pulp’ that is left behind made up of the skin and pips. Violet commented: “I found it interesting learning that the apple juice you drink comes from the apples that you eat from a tree.”
Finally, the children each had a go at pressing some of the apples they had collected in a small hand operated press before having their labour rewarded with a taste of Killerton’s own apple juice! Leo said: “It was really hard to twist the press and squeeze the juice out of the apples!” but it was all worth it according to Holly who commented: “I really liked getting to try the apple juice because it was so sweet and tasty.” It was really rewarding for Year 3 to be involved in a local harvesting process alongside producing the school’s Year 3 and 4 harvest production!
The cast of Romeo and Juliet participated in a workshop run by the School’s Shakespeare Festival on the 16th October. The workshop took place at Exeter Phoenix, which provided an excellent opportunity for the cast to see the venue they will be performing in.
The workshop was run by Shane and Lucy, directors who work with the Festival. They gave the children advice on how to improve their performance skills, such as how to project your voice effectively and create the physicality of your character. The cast also had the opportunity to share the prologue of the play and receive some constructive feedback, which has proved helpful moving forward with rehearsals. Nathan, who plays Romeo, said that: “Being able to practise on the stage we are performing on has stopped me from feeling so nervous and made me excited about the performance!”.
The cast is now in the final stages of rehearsal and is gearing up for their performances at Exeter Phoenix, on Tuesday 13th November, and the Princess Theatre, on Friday the 17th of November. The play is shaping up to be a fun filled adaptation, with plenty of music and disco dancing to breath fresh life into the bard! Tickets are available for both venues online and all are welcome to come and support.
Year 2 and Year 5 took part in a fire safety education workshop with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service last half term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit from an experienced firefighter. They were taught skills for survival in the event of a fire, the importance of testing fire alarms regularly and the dangers playing with fire can pose.
The visit for Year 2 was linked to their current project on ‘The Great Fire of London’. They particularly enjoyed learning about the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique alongside having the chance to see the real uniform firefighters wear to protect themselves. Beau got the opportunity to dress up in the uniform, she said: “I was so excited to try on the outfit myself, I looked like a real fire fighter”. Noah added, “it’s so important to test your smoke alarm, it can save lives!”.
Year 5 were taught the possible consequences of deliberate fire setting and making hoax 999 calls. Ben said “I learnt so much that I wouldn’t have learnt in my usual lessons. For example, that firefighters don’t only rescue people from fires they also save animals and help people who have been in car accidents”. Jessie was extremely enthusiastic: “I think it’s amazing how firefighters risk their lives to save others. I’ll be reminding my family to test their smoke alarm”.