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Alex Pulfer

Alex Pulfer

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Year 6 News

IMG 0470A group from year 6 took the annual trip to Heatree House in Dartmoor during June. Led by the Heatree instructors, the children had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities including kayaking, climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and archery. They also met with a group from our link school in Holland and worked together in team challenges such as ‘Mission Impossible’- a raft building challenge. The week ended with a camp fire talent show and a moorland walk. A great week was had by all and we would like to thank the staff at Broadclyst School and Heatree who made it so memorable.

Year 6 also took a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth - not to enjoy the donkeys but to learn life skills! During the event, organised by East Devon District Council, the children experienced sessions which taught them basic safety skills in a number of areas. Sessions were run by BT, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and the Coastguards. A highlight of the day was a spectacular demonstration of why water should not be used to put out a chip pan fire! The children also learned the importance of washing hands thoroughly in a session run by environmental health.


Reception News


1The reception children have had a strawberry-filled few weeks, as they’ve picked them, eaten them, made jam and – the best bit - strawberry ice-cream!

They’ve also been learning about mini-beasts, searching for them and becoming entomologists in the school laboratory. The class loved feeling the squidgy pretend frogs spawn and looking at the various bugs they brought into the class.

In PE, alongside preparing for Sport's Day, the children spent time with Kari Brooks, the dance teacher. They worked hard all term to put on a pirate dance show.


Year 4 Kingfisher

IMG 4491This term year 4 took part in the Kingfisher Awards, with the focus this year, on ‘Pollinators and their role in the Orchard’. They carried out a wide range of work for the project. They baked foods with pollinated ingredients, to sell at the School Fete. This not only helped to raise £230 for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust but also helped raise awareness of the importance of bees. The children also created a fantastic UV flowers light box which showed how bees see flowers. They wrote letters to the BBC to spread the word about the decline of pollinators and how people can help. After completing their projects in class, they then took the work to Newton St Cyres to compete against other schools! The children were fantastic and achieved 2nd place. The judges were particularly impressed with how the children discussed the work. If you would like to find out more about how you can help save the bees, come and speak to year 4 children!





We were thrilled when it was announced that we had won the Curator’s Award in the RHS Budding Gardeners Competition, and that as visitors to any RHS garden will be invited to vote for their favourite garden we could go on to win the coveted 'People's Choice Award'.

The whole school has been involved in the project which this year had the theme “Wonderland” celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. The children’s ideas were used to create a 1m x 1m raised bed that’s has been planted at RHS Rosemoor.

The children in Nursery made a Blue Caterpillar out of 150 blue bottles tops, each one marking a year since the book was written. The children in Reception class enjoyed a Golden Afternoon Tea Party and planted Violas and Pansies in cups and saucers.

Year 1 went “Off with Their Heads” crazy and chopped the heads off carrots and radishes and watched them grow in the window before planting them. Year 2 went around the school grounds to find plants and flowers that would match the colour of each croquet player’s ball. They even made a heat shaped lawn.

Year 3 researched sundials, they made and painted salt dough roses. Year 4, who this year are championing bees made a Cheshire Cat and heart shaped birdfeeder, fir-cone bees and planted pollen rich flowers. The children in Year 5 attempted to grow cotton. They took strawberry runners and planted them in the Queen of Hearts crown along with Bread and Butter-Cups. Year 6 had the opportunity to take a break from their SATs and planted Thyme, Dandelion Clocks and Lucky Clover.

The garden will be on show at Rosemoor over half term and children from the school can get in free. Hopefully people we vote for us. The garden, now known as Wendy’s Wonderland will hopefully be replanted with a little more space in the Academy Café Garden.


21st Century Learning

image-blog-2015-06-22-CLDAs a school we are championing twenty first century learning skills as part of our curriculum. We have always tried to be architect of a unique curriculum that values and provides opportunities for children to develop skills in problem solving, collaboration, resilience, perseverance, self-regulation and communication, in real-world situations. As a school we feel this context-driven approach matters to the pupils in a way that means they take ownership of their learning more.  This year we have been working with Microsoft and their 21st Century Learning Design project to integrate their tools into our curriculum, as well as the Global Enterprise Challenge and Global Community Projects. This is also leading to projects throughout the school which will be later used as examples of good teaching on an international level.




SSAT Awards

The School has been awarded 2 Educational Outcome Awards for Pupil Progress and Pupil Attainment.

SSAT is committed to celebrating the work that happens every day in our schools, and to recognise the teachers who are working so hard for students to receive the rich, challenging education they need.

It was an opportunity to celebrate the school’s work and the SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

David James and Nina Rothery went to the event that focused on principled approaches to curriculum and teaching and learning in these times of rapid change. Before the award was presented there was input from SSAT staff and a chance meet with colleagues from around the region to discuss these key issues such as:

An overview of key changes in curriculum and the questions they provoke.

Supporting staff and students with change.

Opportunities to share ideas and strategies for managing key issues and impact on curriculum, teaching and learning and pedagogy.

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Announcing Our New School Hall

newhall2015The long awaited moment has finally arrived - we have now taken ownership of the new building. Last year, we were successful in securing a central government grant to provide a long-needed hall and dining facility for the school. The modern design is aimed to complement the existing 1810 listed building, using a combination of brick, wood and stainless steel, to provide an exciting and visually pleasing, flexible space.

It includes a professional catering kitchen that is able to deliver high-quality nutritious food, not only at lunchtimes, but throughout the day to parents, staff and children through the Academy Café. With the large and spacious facilities, lunchtimes are radically different. We are able to supply home cooked food in a family-orientated dining environment, where food is served at the table rather than from a serving hatch. We are currently recruiting a chef, who will create the menu in preparation for the exciting opening of our new, lunch time offering after the Easter holidays.

2015-02-26Hall3During the day, the flexibility offered by the partition walls allows us to create either a large assembly/dining hall, or a sports hall and an adaptable teaching space. The focal point of the main hall, covering one whole end, is the professionally-designed climbing wall, which enriches our physical education offer, giving opportunities to children of all abilities. The entire facility is in keeping with the rest of the school with cutting edge, high-quality technology embedded seamlessly into the infrastructure and overall feel of the building. The new hall is used for assemblies, productions and musical performances, as well as being available for community use. We want it to be at the heart of the village of Broadclyst.2015-02-26Hall2



Teachers' Ethiopia Trip Day 2

We started our day with a walk around the town, much to the interest of the local people who shouted all manner of things at us as we passed.

Nek'emte is a developing town that is served by a new road, built by China, which passes straight through its centre. The town has expanded along the sides of this road in both directions, making it very long and thin.

Sunday is an ...important day in Ethiopia for all faiths, of which there are mainly Christians and Muslims, who go to local churches or mosques to pray. In walking around town we were able to hear and see people coming to and from, all dressed nicely in their Sunday best. Church is a lively and loud occasion in Ethiopia!

Later in the afternoon we visited a local deaf school and were introduced to the children who were spending their Sunday afternoon doing some studying before we turned up and rather distracted them from their work. It was a quiet and peaceful place and the children were very polite. Writing messages back and forth to communicate was great fun and the children were all keen to teach us their names in sign language.

In the evening, we met with Suhilu, the headteacher of Bekumsa Biya primary school.  We spoke about our plans for the week and then went out to watch a football game with him at a local bar. Initially, we were not allowed to enter. However, after a bit of persuasion by Suhilu the door staff let us pass and we sat down in a crowded room to watch Machester United play Chelsea on a 14" tv.


Teachers' Ethiopia Trip Begins

A successful first day, largely filled with travelling. We set off from school on Friday afternoon and were in the air by 9pm. After an 8 hour flight we awoke to the sunrise streaming in through the windows on a sunny and clear Ethiopian morning in the capital city of Addis Ababa.

Next, we met our driver for the day and set forth on the road to Nek'emte. The newly built road spanned without turnings for 320km! During our 6 hour drive, we saw a wide range of livestock, dogs, baboons and birds. Despite its rural location, the road was also bustling with people herding animals, collecting fire-wood and walking from town to town.

We stopped for lunch in Ambo, the home of famous hot-springs and the source for Ambo water, Ethiopia's oldest bottled sparkling water. Westerners are rarely seen this far outside of the capital, and our arrival proved to be quite a novelty to the local people. This became a regular occurrence as we travelled closer to Nek'emte. Shouts of 'Faranji!' and people chasing the car became commonplace, much to the amusement of our driver.

We arrived in Nek'emte at around 4pm (10 o'clock Ethiopian time, as they consider sunrise at 6am to be 1 o'clock), checked into our accommodation and said goodbye to our driver. We are now getting ready to have dinner with some local teachers tonight.

Tomorrow we shall get up early to familiarise ourselves with the town of Nek'emte and to meet with the headteacher of Bekumsa Biya, our linked primary school, to discuss our plans for the week.

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