King Henry VIII Visits Broadclyst Primary School
Broadclyst Primary School enjoyed a visit on Friday 4th February from the most famous Tudor King himself, King Henry VIII. The King was played by Mike Farley, one of Britain’s leading impersonators and pupils joined him for a Tudor themed day.
Tudor costume, music, dance and jousting were experienced in a fascinating, fun and interactive environment providing a memorable time for children in KS1 and 2 and creating a visual and accessible platform from which to learn about aspects of Tudor history. The day included a mixture of history and humour. With his imposing figure, booming voice, wicked humour & musical skills it's little wonder he was such a hit with the children.
Rudi Oppenheimer, a Holocaust Survivor
The children in Year 5 & 6 had a talk from Holocaust Survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). Rudi spent time with the students during the day and in the evening did a second talk for parents of Broadclyst Primary School, people in the village and some local Exeter groups.
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable people to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK
Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
On Wednesday 1st December Key Stage 1 had some fun visitors from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. Abbie, Joseph and Mopsy came to visit the children dressed in Santa hats and tinsel to celebrate the first day of advent. The children got to stroke the donkeys and walk them around the playground. They also got to ask some questions and find out about each of the donkeys and how they were looked after.
This term Class RNR learnt about the Emergency services and what to do in an emergency. They made and painted ambulances, fire engines and police cars and acted out some emergency situations! One of the highlights, was when P.C Buffie came to visit the class. She came to talk to the class about what life is like as a Police Officer and the different duties she has to perform. She brought with her some uniform to try on and her police van to explore.
Year 3 enjoyed a visit from a dental health nurse in the autumn term. She taught them how to brush their teeth carefully and they used disclosing tablets to help them identify the areas that they had not been brushing very well. The dental health nurse also taught the children in Year 3 about the types of food that are good for their teeth and those that are not so good. Every child got to take their own disclosing tablets home to see if their brushing had become any better the following week.
Police Dog Handler
Sergeant Knight spent a morning with Year 1 & 2 demonstrating how his German Shepherd Koda helps him catch criminals. The children enjoyed listening to Sergeant Knight talk about how he looks after his police dog and what Koda is used for within the Police Force. The children then enjoyed meeting Koda and seeing a demonstration of how well trained he is and how well he follows instructions.
In February Year 1 had an RE themed week. They explored the idea of belonging and looked at how different people belong to different religions. They also talked about how important it is to belong to different groups – our class, our school, our families and religions. Mrs Piccoli came to talk to us about her faith, Islam. They visited the church in Broadclyst to find out about Christianity and Mrs Gabriel came to talk to them about Judiasm. They found it interesting to ask questions to find out more about some of the faiths in our community.
Years 5 and 6 learnt what can be accomplished with ambition and a desire to succeed. Claire Barker is a North Devon writer and illustrator. She lives with her husband, and daughters. She draws and she writes when she
should be doing something more useful! She hopes that her illustrations, which cover a wide range of subjects, will make you laugh or maybe even hide behind the sofa. She hopes they make you feel something!
Claire combines traditional illustration techniques (pen and ink, watercolour, pencil) with computer technology to produce a range of funny, wild and occasionally dark images. Her inspirations are Shirley Hughes, Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl. The children enjoyed seeing and talking about her illustrations, books and how to go about following their dreams and becoming successful.
All the children in the school helped build the new willow structure on the playing fields. Alan Bruford from Escot, Greenwood Education, spent a week with some of his helpers building a structure in celebration of the school’s Bi-Centenary year – 2010. As the structure grows, the children will be able to enjoy its arches and windows at playtime.