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India Link Trip - Day One

Greetings all the way from India New Delhi!
image-blog-india-01We took off from Heathrow airport on Thursday 12th February at around 12pm and arrived in New Delhi at 2am.  We were greeted at the airport by Bittu, a driver from the Good Samaritans School and taken to our hotel.  A few hours of sleep and we were raring to go for our first day.
First on today’s schedule was a visit to Humamayun’s tomb, followed by a visit to the Red Fort.  Here we listened to an audio tour telling us all about the history of the Fort and learnt a great deal about Shah Jahan, the man who commissioned it in 1638.
We then braved the Delhi traffic on our way back to the hotel where we sampled some authentic Indian cuisine.  Tomorrow we are getting up at 4am to set off on an adventure to Agra, where we will get to see the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.


Year 1 Dinosaur Topic

So far this term Year 1 have been enjoying learning lots of new and interesting facts about Prehistoric life during their new topic about Dinosaurs. They have been enjoying learning about the different types dinosaurs that used to roam to world and have used their research skills to write up facts about their favourite dinosaur ready for their new classroom display. They have also been finding out which is the most popular dinosaur in their class by collecting data using a tally chart and then have put this information into a graph. They are looking forward to becoming palaeontologists for the day and making their own fossils.


Year 4: Pilots for the Day!

On Monday 28th April Class 4LW had the fantastic opportunity to visit Exeter Airport as part of their Inventors and Inventions topic. The purpose of the trip was to develop an understanding of how a plane flies, see the different types of plane and observe them taking off and landing. The Flybe team arranged for the children to visit the flight simulator and pilot, Captain Ronald; they became pilots and co-pilots, using the exact controls as in a real plane. Some showed real potential!

The class also visited the Flybe hanger, where engineers took them into the cockpit of a plane and explained the controls. They found out the about the different parts of a plane wing and what happens as the plane takes off and lands. The children timed the planes taking off down the runway, watching the wheels retract and rising up through the clouds. The planes took between 12 and 15 seconds to take off!

Finally the team from the Exeter Airport Fire Station brought a fire appliance for the children to use. They explained the different inventions that make their job possible and saw the huge water tank and smelly foam that is used. The children then used the hoses both inside the fire appliance and outside to spray water, controlling the shape of the funnel to create jets and sprays. Thank you to the fantastic team at Flybe and Exeter Airport that made the trip so brilliant!


Year 5 Heatree Trip

After our Easter break, we returned for a short time and then we were off to Heatree for the Y5 residential experience. For the ‘Badgers’, this started with a river study at Teignmouth, where the mouth of the Teign flows into the sea. We gathered on the sand spit opposite Shaldon and discussed the measurements which would be made of the River Lemon and subsequent opportunities to identify, study and categorise the wildlife in the river which runs through the grounds. We then stopped off at Town Quay to see where the River Lemon joins the River Teign. At Bickington we were divided into smaller groups and used a range of equipment to measure the width, depth and flow rate of the river as well as looking at pebble angularity. To make our results more accurate, we repeated our experiments a further two times at different locations – to see if our results changed at different parts of the river. We were also lucky enough to discover the source of the River Lemon (in a bog), near Haytor, and used this information to form later investigations back in the classroom. It’s fair to say that Year 5 had an excellent time at Heatree – flourishing in all of the amazing activities on offer: felting, mud brick making, wicker sculpture making… in fact, many were even given the challenge of making their own beds for the first time! The statistics gathered from the river study have formed the basis of our Maths and we’re enjoying totalling numbers, finding averages, making comparisons and constructing graphs. 

In addition to all of this, we are also given the wonderful opportunity to take part in the WWI Killerton Project. We are working hard to remember all of our lines and we are greatly looking forward to performing it very soon. 


Growing and Life Cycles in Foundation

This half-term we have started to learn about Growing and Life Cycles.  We have learnt how plants and flowers grow and have been going to the allotment where we have planted peppers, oregano and tomatoes in our beds. We have weeded, raked and watered the plants. We will soon be able to pick (and eat!) our strawberries that were grown last year. We have also said hello to the school chickens whilst we have been at the allotment.

In English we have been reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The children have been re-enacting the story and we have filmed the play to show the children who are starting at our school in September. We have had a giant’s castle in our role play area for the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children have enjoyed dressing up in giant's clothes and writing fairy tale stories in there. 


Yr 3&4 Willowbrook Football Tournament

This term the year 3 & 4 football team played in a local football tournament at Willowbrook Primary School. The tournament consisted of four teams, with each game lasting eight minutes. Despite the recent good weather, the rain forced the competition to be held on the playground. This meant that the pitch and goal size were reduced considerably. Despite the challenging conditions, Broadclyst played very well as a team and dominated the majority of the possession in all three of their games. It was also the first time the team had played together. Overall, the team played competitively and fairly, and were very good representatives of the school. Well done!


Year 1 Forest School

This term another group of the children in Year 1 have taken part in Forest School, which aims to encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences. The sessions have been led by Sarah Northcott and have taken place at the improved school site. The children have been learning about the natural environment and have had the opportunity to use tools, make dens and cook on an open fire! This has continued to be an extremely positive experience for every child who has taken part.


Textiles Club Doorstops

This term, children in the Textiles club, run by Miss Hampshire and Mrs Charlton, have started a new project by making their own doorstops! So far the children have researched ideas and have learned the importance of using a pattern for cutting out pieces of fabric that make a 3D shape. From dogs to birdhouses, platypuses to elephants, the children have certainly got the creative juices flowing! The next steps will be to learn the stitches to put the pieces together securely. We look forward to seeing the finished objects!

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