News 2016 - 2017

Summer Term

Year 6 Biathlon

Year 6 Biathlon Year 6 Biathlon What a scorcher for our inaugural Year 6 Biathlon today. Year 6 took on the challenge of 4 lengths of the pool followed by 4 laps of the playing field in blazing sunshine. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially to our winners Alexander and Georgia!

Athletics Success at the IAPS National Qualifiers

Athletics Success at the IAPS National Qualifiers Huge congratulations to our U11 Athletics Squad who performed brilliantly at the IAPS National Qualifiers on Friday. Hector, Will and Izzy came third in the 1500m, long jump and 100m respectively and James Clarkson qualified for the National finals with 1st place in the 100m and 2nd place in the 800m.

Rounders Success for U10s

Rounders Success for U10s Well done to our U10 girls who were victorious at the Millfield Rounders Festival on Saturday.

BALSA Presentation Evening

BALSA Presentation Evening BALSA Presentation Evening We were delighted to welcome former Head Boy Lewis Steer, The Dartmoor Shepherd, to our BALSA celebrations last night. He spoke to the children and presented them with their certificates which recognised the amazing achievements that each of them had made in the areas of Adventure, Leadership and Service throughout their time in Year 6.

Church Trip for Year 4

Church Trip for Year 4 Church Trip for Year 4 As part of our Year Four RE topic on Churches, we were lucky enough to go and visit St. Paul's Church in Tiverton. The children immediately noticed what an amazing building it is; very traditional on the outside but modern inside. We were able to spot many of the features of churches that we had learned about in class. Andy and Ben really looked after us and lots of the children said that it was a highlight of the trip to meet them! The children behaved very well and were able to put their classroom learning into context.

Great Western Canal Trip for Year 3

Great Western Canal Trip for Year 3 Great Western Canal Trip for Year 3 Before heading off to Paignton Zoo for their residential trip, Year 3 headed to the beautiful Great Western Canal for a nature walk led by one of the brilliant Canal Rangers. They finished off a very enjoyable day with some pond dipping.

'Play in a Day' for Year 5: Romeo and Juliet

Play in a Day for Year 5: Romeo and Juliet Play in a Day for Year 5: Romeo and Juliet Before they headed off on their Residential Trip this week, Year 5 took on the challenge of creating a 'Play in a Day'. Alongside a professional actor and with the support of our Head of Drama and Head of Music, they worked really hard to pull everything together in a very short space of time before entertaining a packed house with their interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

Kelly Adventures for Year 5

Kelly Adventures for Year 5 Kelly Adventures for Year 5 The Year 5 children woke up bright and early at the Kelly Adventure Centre to enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the senior school. The children wished Ruby Weatherall a happy birthday and loved singing to her and wishing her all the best for a lovely day! The groups packed their buses and headed off for their respective activities. Mrs Willder and Mr Coomer traveled with the children to Alder lake where there were 3 fantastic activities enjoyed. Kayaking, Canoeing and Raft building were all experienced before the 3 groups took part in different raft races, all of which were great fun! Miss Roberts and instructors Carl and Ollie headed to the Dewerstone and began the day scrambling up rocks towards the top of the moor. The children loved climbing the giant granite boulders, and following lunch were given the opportunity to try abseiling down the rocks. All the children had a wonderful 2nd day and should be proud of the efforts. The evening finished with orienteering and archery and a cracking hot chocolate. Tomorrow bring a reverse of today, with the children already excited about experiencing the other activities discussed with their friends.

Knightshayes Trip for Year 3

Knightshayes Trip for Year 3

Knightshayes Trip for Year 3
Knightshayes Trip for Year 3

Knightshayes Trip for Year 3

Year 3 headed off to the Knightshayes estate on Monday to explore the kitchen gardens and get messy with clay art in the woods. They created some beautiful tree spirits, which they have left in situ so keep a look out for them when you are next on the Impey Walk.

Year 6 Explores Exmoor

Year 6 Explores Exmoor Year 6 Explores Exmoor What a beautiful day to explore Exmoor. Year 6 headed off to Tarr Steps this morning, taking their biology and geography studies outside of the classroom, and had a lot of fun along the way.

Blundell's Prep Got Talent Final

Blundell's Prep Got Talent Final Blundell's Prep Got Talent Final On Friday afternoon it became very apparent that Blundell's does indeed have talent, as children from years 3 to 6 (and a couple of very enthusiastic Maths teachers) went head-to-head in the BGT final. Having held heats in every form last week, it was time for the final 10 acts to perform for the school with esteemed judges, Mrs Whitten, Miss Mahon and Mr 'Simon Cowell' Howkins given the unenviable task of choosing the top 3.

The audience were held at fever pitch for 45 minutes, during which time they were wowed by Joel's table tennis skills and the acrobatics of Nia, Bea, Amelia and Minna, but the act that stole the show was Ella as she played the piano with a remarkable amount of poise when one considers that she is only just 7 and has been with us for a mere 2 weeks. As the judges declared her the winner, the children erupted in universal agreement and a rather stunned but beaming Ella took her prize and then played for us again, flawless with every note.

Buddhist Meditation for Year 3

Buddhist Meditation for Year 3 Year 3 enjoyed a visit to Exeter Buddhist Centre earlier this term. They were full of questions about the Buddhist way of life and learnt a great deal about their diet and their daily routine. Towards the end of the trip it was time to relax and join in with a meditation session. It is safe to say they have never been quite so calm and peaceful in class before!

Athletics Season Gets Off to a Flying Start

Running Race Long Jump The Athletics season has got off to a flying start with wins for both the U11 and U9 teams during our Quad Athletics Fixtures against Taunton School. This is a really inclusive format which sees all the children in either Year 6 or Year 4 representing the School by taking part in four activities each (long jump, vortex throw, sprint and long distance run). They compete in 4 groups and their individual scores are then added together to give an overall team score. What is lovely is seeing all of them trying and enjoying the four different activities, giving them a taste of what athletics can offer.

Buddy Lunch

Buddy Lunch Buddy Lunch Our Year 5 pupils have been preparing a delicious menu for their Year 2 Buddies and on Tuesday they sat down together to enjoy a slice of pizza and the chance to share news of what they have enjoyed but also what our Year 2 children can look forward to when they cross the car-park in September.

Devon Cricket Selection

Devon Cricket Selection Our cricketers are having a great start to the season with the U11 and U10 teams remaining undefeated thus far – well done, boys! We send our congratulations to Will Maunder and Harry Southgate in Year 6 who have both been selected to play cricket for the Devon U11's this summer. Good luck!

Spring Term 2016

Life's a Beach during Creative Arts Week

Life's a Beach during Creative Arts Week Life's a Beach during Creative Arts Week An action packed Creative Arts Week began with a bang and a slap this year as Mr Punch took to the stage in all his glory to inspire the children and begin their week of seaside art and puppet making. Armed with their ideas, children created puppets of all shapes and sizes and artwork that beautifully captured underwater and outside scenes. There were a huge number of different activities on offer including batik, clay beach huts, dark room photography, monoprinting, screen printing, willow fish weaving and so much more.

Jolly Roger Year 4 Play in a Day

Jolly Roger Year 4 Play in a Day Jolly Roger Year 4 Play in a Day Year 4 put on a great performance during Creative Arts Week with their Play in a Day: 'The Jolly Roger and the Monster's Gold'. With the support of an actress from the Big Foot Theatre Company the children spent the morning creating their story before performing the finished product to a very appreciative audience in the afternoon.

Year 5 Exmoor Expedition

Year 5 Exmoor Expedition Year 5 Exmoor Expedition Outdoor Learning plays a big part of life at Blundell's Prep with the children often heading outdoors as part of their day-to-day lessons or for specific activities. This term has been no exception with all year groups enjoying spending time in our woods and grounds den building, camp creating, fire lighting, barbecue cooking, pond dipping, sculpting, nature trailing and willow weaving. Year 5 headed up to Exmoor to explore this ancient landscape with Dave the ranger and had a fantastic time learning all about their surroundings and the people that have shaped them.

Cross-Country Team Flying High

Cross-Country Team Flying High Cross-Country Team Flying High Our cross-country team have had success on both of their outings this term. First they secured victory at Stover, winning both the U9 girls and U11 Boys competitions and retaining the overall trophy. The following week over 600 runners from 18 schools across Devon and Somerset took part in our own Larkman Cup. Alongside U13 runners from Blundell's Senior School, our children went on to repeat their excellent team performance by regaining the Larkman Cup.

Bringing Science to Life

Bringing Science to Life

Bringing Science to Life
Bringing Science to Life

Bringing Science to Life

Science dominated the curriculum during British Science Week, and the children loved it! Heads of Chemistry, Physics and Biology from our Senior School, alongside our Prep School Science Teachers, ran workshops that included such diverse activities as identifying microscopic creatures, exploring different chemical reactions, testing for friction and launching rockets! All the children enjoyed a fascinating hands-on week of science and were left clamouring for more.

'Bikeability' Courses for Year 6

'Bikeability' Courses for Year 6 'Bikeability' Courses for Year 6 This week many of our Year 6 pupils completed their Level 1 and 2 'Bikeability' courses. Working in small groups, they braved the elements to learn how to ride a bike safely on the roads. The children behaved themselves brilliantly, and really impressed their instructors. The course was very hard work but what a valuable life skill these children have gained!

House Pancake Races

House Pancake Races House Pancake Races Across the School, children had fun celebrating Shrove Tuesday culminating in the fiercely fought House Pancake Races, won this year by Raleigh!

Speech and Drama Recital

Speech and Drama Recital Speech and Drama Recital Speech and Drama continues to go from strength to strength at the Prep School with the pupils achieving some fantastic results in their LAMDA exams. This week a group entertained and impressed an audience of family and friends with a poetry and prose recital that showcased their talent brilliantly.

Quiz Success

Quiz Success Congratulations to Jesse Aldridge, William Maitland-Walker, James Saunders and Hector Marr for taking the Blundell's Quiz Club team to first place in the regional heats at Millfield this term. The team now progress to compete in the National Semi-Final at Beaudesert Park School in June. We wish them luck!

Christmas Market Aids Donation to Blood Bikes

Christmas Market Aids Donation to Blood Bikes Christmas Market Aids Donation to Blood Bikes Many thanks to all who contributed to the School Stalls at the Christmas Market, tea towel sales and the carol services. Thanks to your donations and purchases, we were able to send a donation of more than £2,000 to Blood Bikes this term. The children were delighted when Mr Nash from Devon Freewheelers was able to bring his bike into assembly and explain how the Bloodbikes charity would use the money to help fund emergency transportation of blood, breast milk and other medical supplies to those in need.

Creative Arts Week - Poetry Slam

Creative Arts Week - Poetry Slam Creative Arts Week - Poetry Slam It was wonderful to see Poetry Slam visit as part of Creative Arts Week. Children from across the school were challenged to work together to write their own snappy poems, learn them by heart, add actions and then perform them in front of their peers. The variety and quality of what they came up with was outstanding!

Netball Success

Netball Success It has been a fantastic season for netball at the Prep School with considerable success across the board. The U8 teams were unbeaten and the U11 A team narrowly missed out on reaching the National Finals by one place. However it is the U9A team who have the most success, not only were they unbeaten in all their weekly matches they also secured two trophies winning both the Exeter and Queen's tournaments and were unbeaten at the Millfield Festival where they scored 31 goals in five matches and only conceded one. Well done to all the girls for such a superb effort.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day Grandparents Day We were delighted to welcome 134 grandparents to the school in January and it was lovely to see the children's delighted faces as their grandparents attended assembly and then joined them in the classroom. The children were very proud to show their visitors what they had been learning and the enthusiasm was high as the grandparents tried to emulate the high standards we expect! Teaching methods may have changed over the years but the willingness to 'give it a try' certainly hasn't.

Junior and Senior Tea Time Concerts

Junior and Senior Tea Time Concerts Junior and Senior Tea Time Concerts Our Junior and Senior Tea Time Concerts provided two enjoyable evenings of a wonderful variety of music. It was lovely to see some children performing after only a few months of learning their instruments, whilst other children performed pieces that they are preparing for their exams next week. Pieces included He's Got the Whole World, Hedwig's Theme, Land of Hope and Glory, My Favourite Things and an Easter Egg Boogie! Well done to all the children who took part.

Ancient Egypt Day for Year 3

Ancient Egypt Day for Year 3 Ancient Egypt Day for Year 3 Year Three had a fantastic day exploring and recalling many aspects of the Ancient Egyptian culture. The great Pharaoh Tilly became mummified watched over by Anubis (Sammy). They decorated an Anubis headdress and recalled his important job. After that they decorated sarcophagi with beautiful Egyptian patterns. They also made clay amulets and learnt how to make 'paper' using the papyrus plant which is grown along the Nile. They wrote their name on this papyrus in hieroglyphic writing. A really great day, enjoyed by all.

Performing Arts in Fine Form

Performing Arts in Fine Form Performing Arts in Fine Form Speech and Drama continues to go from from strength to strength at the Prep School with the pupils achieving some fantastic results in their LAMDA exams. Last week a group of the pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 entertained and impressed an audience of family and friends with a poetry and prose recital that showcased their talent brilliantly.

Young Voices Concert

Young Voices Concert

Young Voices Concert
Young Voices Concert

Young Voices Concert

On Friday 27th January 70 of our Year 5 and 6 children travelled to Birmingham to take part in the National Young Voices Concert at the Genting Arena. The children joined 6700 other children to sing together in what is the largest series of school choir concerts in the world. They performed a variety of music including a Pop Medley, a Rock Medley, a Folk Medley, a South African song and a Jazz Medley. The children were joined by musicians and artists including Tabby Callaghan (who reached the finals of the X Factor), dance company Urban Strides and the amazing Beatbox Collective who had us all beatboxing along with them. The children sang and danced to a packed arena. It was a fantastic experience for all involved, giving us a real taste of what it is like to perform in an arena concert!

Powderham Castle Trip for Year 6

Powderham Castle Trip for Year 6 Powderham Castle Trip for Year 6 Year Six dressed in their finest Victorian clothes earlier this term when they visited Powderham Castle to learn the art of Victorian baking and cleaning. Dusting, boot polishing, carpet beating and baking were just some of the treats for the newly enrolled servants. It was certainly a day that brought history to life and the children have all promised to clean their own shoes at home from now on!

Autumn Term 2016

London Chamber Orchestra Flash Mob

London Chamber Orchestra Flash Mob London Chamber Orchestra Flash Mob Lunch was accompanied by a Flash Mob on Monday. As the children sat down to eat their lunch the London Chamber Orchestra performed their arrangement of Appalachian Spring (Lord of the Dance theme).

Following this the children then spent the rest of lunchtime having a go on all of the instruments – flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, percussion and a double bass!

Tea Time Concert

Tea Time Concert Tea Time Concert Our first Tea Time Concert of the term took place last week. We had children from all year groups taking part and it was wonderful to see such a variety of music being played. We heard 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning', 'Halloween Witches' and 'Star Wars' to name just a few. It was a super evening of music. Well done to everyone who took part, especially those children who were taking part in the concert for the first time.

Outdoor Learning for Year 5

Outdoor Learning for Year 5 Outdoor Learning for Year 5 The weather was kind to Year Five on their outdoor learning morning. We began the day by collecting firewood and cutting down willow which was used to make charcoal. Once the fire had been started the children got to work on their tasks. They took it in turns in their classes to prepare the soup and to carve pumpkins. The 'soup group' excelled at chopping vegetables and helped Mr. Coomer to prepare a delicious vegetable soup. The other children worked in small groups to carve their own designs into pumpkins to enter into the carving competition.

After a short break the children got to work creating vibrant colour palettes using various ingredients that they found in the grounds. The children then thought of some very creative names for their new colours. At the end of the morning the children enjoyed their soup while Mr. Howkins deliberated over the creativity on display in the pumpkin carving competition. All in all, the children had a fantastic morning and are already looking forward to their next outdoor adventure.

Trip Around Tiverton for Year 3

Trip Around Tiverton for Year 3 Trip Around Tiverton for Year 3 The Sun shone on Year 3 as they travelled round Tiverton learning why it is such a good example of an early settlement and why it grew into the town it is today. The children saw the confluence of the rivers Exe and Lowman, followed by Heathcoat's factory and the housing and school he built for his employees and their children. Year 3 then spent a delightful hour in the kitchen garden at Knightshayes before looking around the house and garden. They discovered that John Heathcoat could see his factory from his bedroom window so he would know that all was well! A lovely outdoor learning experience which reinforced the Geography curriculum and had elements of science, history and art. A good day was enjoyed by all.

Choir Sings for the Devon Air Ambulance

Choir Sings for the Devon Air Ambulance Choir Sings for the Devon Air Ambulance Last Saturday some of our choir sang in Tiverton as part of the Devon Air Ambulance Fun Day. The choir opened the Fun Day and sang a number of songs to entertain as people looked around the stalls.

Canal Sketching Trip for Year 6

Canal Sketching Trip for Year 6 Canal Sketching Trip for Year 6 Year 6 enjoyed a sketching trip to the Grand Western Canal at Halberton. As part of their work on landscapes, they sketched the view from the towpath as well as some detailed sketches of the canal flora and fauna.

Spitfire Flyby

Spitfire Flyby Spitfire Flyby The skies over Tiverton are not normally adorned by the sight of World War II planes but the extremely lucky children and staff had their own viewing of several fly overs by two Spitfires. The excited children even saw a barrel roll which caused cheering and lots of waving. It was hard to tell if the pilots waved back!

Harpist Visits

Harpist Visits Harpist Visits The children in the Prep School were delighted to receive a visit from a wonderful harpist, Mrs Jenkins. The children saw a superb demonstration on two harps during which a number of pieces were performed. It was then the time for the children to try– a little more practise and then there may be one or two harpists in the making.

Tour of Britain Passes Through Blundell's Prep

Tour of Britain Passes Through Blundell's Prep Tour of Britain Passes Through Blundell's Prep Flags in hand the children lined the road outside of school in eager anticipation. Despite the drizzle each car, motorbike, bus was greeted with vigorous waving and energetic cheering. The waving at times was so enthusiastic that the flags started to wilt under the pressure! Finally, the first four cyclists zoomed into view and as quickly passed by. The peloton arrived a few minutes later with its posse of cars and motorbikes. More cheering and waving and then it was over. Back into school in time for lunch.