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Greece Lightning!

Composer Peter Kyrke-Smith came to visit Year 3 today with Claire to make a musical in a day and what a day it was!

GREECE LIGHTNING!

Making Olympic History In A Day!

The first Olympic Games were religious festivals as much as sports competitions, and the Greek gods always took a very keen interest in what happened…

GREECE LIGHTNING! tells the history of the Games in Ancient Greece - and then shows what happens when the Greek gods turn up rather unexpectedly for the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016!

Will the Greek gods simply sit back and watch, or might they just be tempted to meddle with the medals..? Why else would a wing-footed runner from Greece called Hermes be up against Usain (Lightning) Bolt in the final of the Men’s 100 Metres..?!

Dramatic drama… great songs to sing… the historical truth (well, mostly…) - Year 3 put on an incredible performance to parents and the rest of the school.

Here are some of the pictures from the rehersals.

 

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Click read more to see some video clips from the performance.

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Science Week

This week is Science week in Reception! We have had some special visitors today! We have been extremely careful. This snail was very quick at travelling. It almost slipped away!

Family FUNS has come to Exminster

Exminster Community Primary school is proud to be trialling Family FUNS. Family FUNS is a programme designed to work on children's fundamental movements combined with parts of the SEAL curriculum. Mrs Martin, Mrs Godbeer and Mrs Mason are delighted to be working with some parents of children in key stage 1. They are having great fun and have so far been pirates and astronauts. Take a look at some of the children leaving their spaceship this week to collect space rocks!

Wow! Look at our plane race!

We followed the instructions ( see Reception blog) and today we raced our paper aeroplanes! It was AMAZING!

British Celebration Day

Today children school-wide have been celebrating our British Celebration Day with singing, dancing, food, making crowns, writing letters and making cards.  The costumes were amazing with knights, princes, princesses, party dresses and bow ties.  My favourite part of the day was my hand delivered letter from Florence!

Party Hats For The Queen

We have made party hats to celebrate the Queen's 90 th birthday.

Eggstreme Prize Giving

Today we had a delivery of eggs! Exminster finished in tenth place in the Mangahigh Eggstreme Maths Competition. Every child in the school who took part in the competition received a Creme Egg. Twenty three of those children achieved more than 100 points, earning themselves a further Easter Egg. Great work everyone!

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Children in Key Stage Two have been taking part in daily sessions called 'Mini Maths', where they have been practising either their number bonds or times tables. They time how long it takes them to complete a grid correctly and simply try and beat it the next time. They have a maximum of 15 minutes and if they don't finish in that time they count how many they did and try to beat that. This is proven to improve children's recall of basic number facts and the more they do it the better. We found this great app which allows children to do the same at home. Click the link below to go to Google play to download this free app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jpn.bestyle.hundred_squzres_calc

Eggstreme Winners

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It's been an epic 11 days of the Eggstreme Primary Maths Challenge with more than 3,500,000 maths questions being answered by 10,305 students across 229 Primary Schools.  Each student who earned 100+ points has won an Easter Egg, and we're thrilled to announce we have 584 winners!  Congratulations to all students that have taken part!
 
Top spot on the leaderboard goes to St Saviour's Church of England Junior School who scored a phenomenal 14,196 points to be crowned Eggstreme Primary Maths Challenge Champions.  Congratulations to all students for their fantastic effort and determination, which is rewarded with our Ultimate Easter Chocolate Hamper!
 
It's been an incredibly exciting race, with the rankings for 2nd-10th place changing regularly.  There's been a serious amount of maths undertaken by students at all schools to achieve some seriously impressive scores! Congratulations to Ramsgate Christ Church Church of England Junior School, St Martin's Northwood, Holy Family Primary School, Tandragee Primary School, Twickenham Preparatory School, Latymer Prep School, Bristol Grammar Junior School, The Maynard and Exminster Primary School who have all won entry into the Mangahigh Hall of Fame and a yummy creme egg hamper! 
 
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We'd also like to celebrate the 584 students who earned 100+ points during the competition and have won an Easter Egg. Congratulations to the 23 children at Exminster who earned 100+ points and will recieve their Easter Egg on their return to school.

Eggstreme Challenge

The children are really enjoying taking part in the Eggstreme Primary Maths Challenge on Mangahigh.  It's been a wonderful competition so far, with 9528 students from 223 Primary Schools across the UK taking part! With two days still to go, there have already been 365 winners across the country! At Exminster, there have been 14 winners so far. We are currently sitting 7th on the National Leaderboard! Lets secure Exminster's top ten finish and win some more Easter eggs!

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Easter Special at Breakfast Club

Happy Easter everybody. At breakfast club we made an Easter bunny following instructions.
"He saves Easter," said Theo, an excited child from Exminster.

Eggstreme Update

With six days to go, the children are working hard ensuring that we remain in the top ten of schools across the country. Lots of children are close to their 100 point targets. Keep up the hard work!

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Sports Relief Day

We have really enjoyed exercising for Sports Relief this morning. We made up obstacle courses and went for a jog!
The children commented on some of their 'best bits.'
MacKenzie, "The jogging made me tired because we jogged too much!"

Ethan, " I liked the bit when we put the hoop over our bodies."

April, "Skipping back to the team was the best!"

Amber, " I liked jogging. It made me have a wonky leg but I liked it!"

Sports Relief Week

We have enjoyed throwing and catching the balls in our games lesson today. We challenged ourselves to see how many times we could catch the ball. We moved away from our partners to make the task harder.

Eggstreme Maths Challenge!

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Children in Key Stage 2 are taking part in an eggstreme maths competition, on Mangahigh, over a 10 day period. Children have the 10 days to achieve 100 new points to win themselves an Easter egg supplied by Mangahigh. The school could also receive an Easter egg hamper if they finish 1st or a Creme Egg hamper if they finish between 2nd and 10th place on the 24th March. Currently, children are working very hard and have taken the school into the top ten across the country. We will try and keep you updated on their progress.

Click read more to see the current leaderboard. Come on Exminster!

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Active Travel Week

This week is Active Travel Week and we're taking part in Sustrans Big Shift challenge. Please walk, cycle or scoot to school with your children. If you usually drive then you can park further away from school and walk the remaining distance. The more people that actively travel, the more chance we have of retaining our title and winning some great prizes!

Year 4 Handball Festival

On Monday 14th March, all Year 4 children participated in a handball festival as part of Sports Relief Week. It was great to see the children including each other in their teams and having to think about their decisions. The children displayed fantastic sportsmanship and had lots of fun!

Samuel said: "I found refereeing fun because you get to see how people improve and play fairly."

Ella: "I liked that everybody in my team weren't fussing over the scores and showed great sportsmanship."

Rio: "I thought I did really well in goal because I saved lots of shots."

Maddie: "I really enjoyed it because the referees were fair and I thought I improved my defending skills."

Gymnastics Competition - Winners!

On Wednesday 9th March, 12 children from Exminster School took part in a gymnastics competition at South Dartmoor Community College.

There were 6 children in a Year 3/4 team and 6 children in a Year 5/6 team.

 

The children had to perform a floor routine and a vault exercise, which they had been practising and learning over the last few weeks.

They all performed extremely well and should be extremely proud of their performances.

 

Both teams won their categories and were absolutely delighted with the result.

 

They have cartwheeled themselves into the regional finals to be held on Wednesday 16th March at Newton Abbot Gymnastics Club.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the team!

Amazing Rainbow Canvas

This week for our art collaboration project we created a rainbow using over 2000 lolly sticks. Firstly we painted them using different tones and shades. We then glued them onto a canvas and built them up as layers to create a 3D effect. Every member of Year 6 contributed and we all had a lot of fun. We hope to display it around school.

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Super Book Swapping!

The children in Reception really enjoyed sharing books with children from Year 5 today.

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This week Year 2 have been learning to use marbling inks. We have created beautiful marbled papers in warm and cool colours that we will use as the background for a castle and dragon themed picture. We have been inspired by the work of illustrator Jan Pienkowski. The children were very thoughtful and expressive in their responses to Jan's stunning artwork. We look forward to finishing our works of art later this week.

Super silk!

What a fantastic day we have had in year 5! We were lucky enough to have a visit by Bridget Arnold who is a DAISI artist (Daisi Arts in Schools Initiative) Bridget is a silk painter who creates banners and flags. She showed us how to use a material called Gutta to draw onto stretched silk and then use brightly coloured inks to colour in. Bridget also showed us how you can sprinkle salt onto the wet paint to create different effects. We use the theme of fish from our Diversity project as our inspiration. The finished banners will be on display at the KS2 Art Exhibition on Friday- so please come and have a look at our work.

We would also like to thank The Helen Foundation for supporting this event.

To see more of the work of The Helen Foundation visit http://www.thehelenfoundation.org.uk/

 

 

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Mathematical Problem Solving Week 2016

Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term where we start with a week of mathematical problem solving! Throughout this week the children will be taking part in maths problem solving within their classes. Some year groups will also be setting problem solving home learning this week.

Alongside this we are keen to share with you a range of maths games that you can play at home with your children. Each day we will be publishing a new game for KS1 and KS2 on the school website in the 'Marvellous Maths' section under 'Parents'. Maths games are a great opportunity for families to spend time together having fun while practising their basic number skills.

Lets problem solve!

Diversity

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In Y6 our Home Learning involved us choosing an activity based on Diversity. Some examples were in RE – How we make moral choices, in art – painting and drawing and the diversity we see in people’s faces and in geography – how the coastline around Dawlish Warren has changed over the years.
“I created a piece on Van Gogh, I looked carefully at his style and painted my own picture. We had the half term to complete it, which allowed me to produce a high quality piece,” said Keani.
“I enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to be creative,” said Imogin.
The projects were diverse and created to a high standard. It was lovely to see so many parents on Tuesday when the children presented their work to one another.