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Year 3 Brass Concerts

On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th year 3 played in a brass concert in the marquee. Children were given the opportunity to showcase the skills that they have learnt over the year, playing their favourite brass tunes for parents and staff. Favourite pieces included 'Rock You', 'Beethoven's Symphony Nine' and 'Saturday Night'. The children practised small group solo parts and played extremely well throughout the performance. It was a great end to the school day; thank you to all parents who were able to come along and well done year 3!


Adult Education Courses at BCPS

From September, there will be three adult education courses happening at the school. We will be hosting the evening courses provided by Exeter College. Each of the courses is run by a professional adult education tutor from Exeter College, and welcomes you to learn at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Drawing and Painting Family Portraits – 3 week course

Day & Time:Mondays between 6.30pm and 8.15pm

Autumn 2014: Commences 22nd September, ends 6th October

Spring 2015: Commences 12th January, ends 26th January

Fee:£39 (concessions £19)

pdfDrawing and Painting Family Portraits

Digital Imaging for Beginners – 8 week course

Day & Time:Mondays between 4.00pm and 5.30pm

Autumn 2014: Commences 22nd September, ends 17th November

Spring 2015: Commences 12th January, ends 9th March

Summer 2015:Commences 20th April, ends 15th June

Fee:£49 (concessions £13)

pdfDigital Imaging for Beginners

E-Safety for Parents – 3 week course

Day & Time:Tuesdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Autumn: Commences 23rd September, ends 7th October

Fee:£20 (concessions £9)

pdfE-safety for Parents

More details for each course, as well as the necessary booking form, are above as PDF files.

For further information please contact either the School or Exeter College via 0845 111 6000 or http://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/Adults


Radio Exe Interview with Mr Bishop about the new Free School

On Tuesday Mr Bishop was interviewed on Radio Exe about our intended Free School provision. Here is the link to the radio station's website article as well as the recording of the interview itself:

Radio Exe Article - http://www.radioexe.co.uk/news-and-features/local-news/proposal-for-new-free-primary-school-in-broadclyst/

For those that would like to know more, here is the website for the new 'Digital Primary Academy' - digitalprimary.academy


New School Hall and Kitchen

We have been successful in securing a central government grant to provide a long-needed  hall and dining facility for the school. Plans that have been drawn up by a company called NPS, on behalf of the Governing Body, will provide an exciting, visually pleasing and flexible space. It will include a professional catering kitchen that will be able to provide not only high quality nutritious food at lunchtime, but throughout the day to parents, staff and children through the modern “Academy Café”. This will build on the current service offered by the school. With the large spacious facilities, lunchtimes will be radically different. We will be able to deliver good home-cooked food in a family-orientated dining environment. During the day the flexibility offered by the partition walls will allow us to create a sports hall, and a flexible teaching space as well as a cyber café. Children will be able to change for PE in dedicated changing rooms. The front of the building will have a new main reception area.

The whole facility will be in keeping with the rest of the school and its cutting edge, high quality technology which will be seamlessly embedded into the overall infrastructure and feel of the building. The new hall will be 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. During the academic year 2013/14 there will be the inevitable disruption due to the building work. We are endeavouring to minimise this disruption and are aiming to provide temporary dining facilities on the school premises.

Please check the Headteacher’s Blog for regular updates.

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BCPS Nursery Ofsted Report Now Available

I am pleased to inform you that the recent OfSTED inspection of the School Nursery has now been published and available for parents to see on the OfSTED website:


The report has graded the Nursery as ‘Good’ in all areas. As you are aware there have been many changes nationally from the Department for Education and OfSTED with regards to all Early Years settings and what is expected of them. The OfSTED requirements and judgements have become much more rigorous with a far greater focus on teaching and learning within settings and the expectations of progress for 2 to 4 year olds.

The Nursery has achieved really well and we are pleased that the many changes and new measurements that we have implemented since September are embedding well and have been well received by the children and parents. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the school and we will be pleased to provide you with a print out.

OfSTED only identified 2 areas for improvement which would make the setting ‘Outstanding’:

1. The organisation of lunch times is an area for review so that it runs smoothly and to make sure the room is set up quickly in readiness for children to engage in play when they have finished their lunch; and

2. Staff are not always consistent in their use of open-ended questions to give children time to consider their response and they do not always help children to learn the sounds that letters make during activities as they play.

Both of these points have been swiftly dealt with by the Early Years team. We are still progressing the plans for the building improvements and have already invested in many new resources and opportunities for the children.


Recent Visitors

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.

Fire Fighters

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.

Dental nurse

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.

RE visitors

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.

Claire Barker

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.

Alan Bruford

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.


Space Odyssey

Youngsters enjoy an out of this world experience

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Children in six classes at Broadclyst Community Primary School were over the moon following a visit by the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium.

The Year 1 pupils at the school have been learning about rockets, astronauts and the sun, moon and planets. So staff invited Simon Ould, a former science teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, to bring his huge Voyager inflatable dome to round off their topic work in style.





Torch makes a big impression

Children at Broadclyst Community Primary School enjoyed a visit from Olympic torchbearer Adam Rooke.

Pupils at the school have been learning about the Olympics and were excited to have a chance to hold the torch.

Adam, the first torchbearer in Exeter, spent time in every class answering questions and talking about his experience carrying the flame. The children had their picture taken holding the torch with him.

Year 1 pupil Gracie Bauer said: "I liked having my photo taken with Adam Rooke and touching the Olympic torch. It felt bumpy, heavy and cold."

Classmate Olivia Bateman added: "I liked it when he showed us the torch and when he told us how it was lit from a lantern."

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