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Christingle 2018

After a last minute change of venue due to the yellow weather warning, the children of Years 1 ,2 and 3 presented their Christingle service in the Bluecoat Hall. Once again this very special service drew in a large crowd of parents and friends to hear the children sing a selection of Christmas songs to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

The climax

A Miracle in Christmas Town

A highlight of the school calendar has to be the Reception nativity performance. This year the performance took place to parents and carers on Friday 14th December and was entitled ‘A Miracle in Christmas Town’. This musical piece was performed beautifully by the children to many proud family members. Here is what some of the children had to say:

“It’s

Anti-Bullying Assemblies

Classes 1M and 4D joined their forces against bullying on during Anti-Bullying Week when they experienced their first Buddy Assembly. Both classes enjoyed reading and discussing a poem by Kate Fleming: ‘The Hurt Feelings’ and talking about how being hurt inside takes a long time to heal. During the joint assembly children from 1M shared their ‘Bystander’ positive touch spiral with the pupils

Bakery Visit

As part of their learning about Harvest the children in the Reception classes had a visit from Alfred’s Granny who owns Sandford’s Bakery. They looked at photographs of the bakery and found out all about the different things they make and sell. The children particularly liked the doughnuts they had made especially for them!

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Lunchtime Stars

As part of Year 1’s RE programme for the Autumn half term we talked about being thankful. We thought of people in the school that we don’t often thank properly and decided to give a ‘thank you star’ to each of the ladies who help us at dinner times. We think they are all stars!

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Year 1 Harvest Breakfast

On Thursday 18th October, Year 1 held a harvest breakfast. Following on from our harvest experiences in Reception last year, we have been learning about harvest of the sea. We read The Mousehole Cat, and watched the film at the Plough. We looked closely at a mackerel and made observational drawings, and then we were busy cooking! We made jelly

A Bumper Harvest

We would like to thank everyone for the many, many food gifts that were donated to the school for this year’s harvest celebrations and to the crowds of parents who attended. The hall really was bursting at the seams!

The children from Years 1-3 who are part of the Collective Worship Focus Group took responsibility for the readings and prayers

Autumn Multi-Skills

During the last week of this October half term, children from Years one and two attended GTS to take part in an Autumn Multi-skills Festival. The Festival was organised by the staff and Year 7 students from GTS and led by Adrian Avery. The children had a great time and thorough enjoyed all the activities that were made available to them.

Thanks to all

Summer Holiday Ideas for Reception

The summer holiday can be quite a break away from learning for our youngest pupils so our Reception team have put together a booklet full of ideas to help maintain and continue your child’s development over the summer break. The booklet supports the partnership between parents/carers and staff to help develop the learning of our children.

Please do as much or as

Ridiculous Rhyme Show

On Tuesday 3rd July, Joe Chambers and Andrew Crawford (First Officer Ditty and Professor Poet, as seen on ‘The Rhyme Rocket’ on CBeebies, joined us for an exciting interactive literacy morning. Children from across the school were treated to their Ridiculous Rhyme Show, a live performance of rhyme, poetry, song and silliness with the aim of improving and promoting rhyme awareness within

Minibeast Arts and Crafts in Reception

As part of our Minibeast topic we invited parents, carers and some of our friends from Year 6 to join us for an afternoon of art and craft. Everyone had a fantastic time working on a variety of projects such as clay snails, minibeast headbands, butterfly wings, collage, junk modelling and painting. We finished the afternoon with some bread and

A Beastly Encounter for Bluecoat!

In Reception and Year One, we recently took part in a Minibeast Workshop. Kim from Really Wild Learning visited us with his exciting collection of bugs and beasts, and took us on an imaginary hunt through the forest. We encountered giant snails, millipedes, stick insects, geckos, a bearded dragon, a scorpion, a tarantula and even a python! It really helped

Search for Symbols at St. Michael’s

Year One have been to visit the church in search of symbols in the building. Some were particularly tricky to find, but great fun was had by all. We later discussed the meaning of the things we found. We were all amazed by the tiny details in carvings and pictures that we had not noticed on previous visits and agreed

Wedding Bells in Class 1HT

The children in 1HT recently used all they had learnt about Christian weddings to plan and take part in their own pretend class wedding. Everyone had their role to play, from photographer to bride, guest to groom and much fun was had by all.

They learnt about the symbolism involved in a Christian wedding and really enjoyed the reception and party afterwards.

All Hail St. George!

After listening to the story of St. George and the dragon, children in Chapter 1 were inspired to create their own shields in the making area.

One child thought carefully about how to create a handle so that her shield could be held without her hand being seen; another demonstrated accurate cutting techniques – we were very impressed that she managed

Your Toys Have Found a Good Home!

Earlier in the year, the children of Bluecoat kindly brought in some of their unwanted toys for the annual Epiphany Toy Service. Those toys then went on a journey to Romania to be donated to children in a variety of places.

Mags Zaharia has just received some lovely photos of the toys being given to three different Kindergartens around Sibiu,

Afternoon Tea for Mayfair

The children in Reception and FS3 had a wonderful afternoon celebrating Torrington Mayfair with traditional English food and having a go at the Floral Dance. The children had prepared cucumber sandwiches, scones, jam and cream, and also enjoyed a slice of classic Victoria sponge. A great afternoon was had by all as we talked about how unique this celebration is

Year One Tie the Knot

The children in R1D finished their learning about traditional Christian services with a wonderful celebration – Brooke and Theo were married! The children planned for and organised the wedding, writing invitations and vows, making bouquets and button holes. Noah and George made fabulous ushers, asking everyone “Bride or groom?” as they entered the room. Rowan, the father of the bride,

Let’s be active – Tennis at Bluecoats!

For the last two years the Atlantic Racquet Centre’s Tennis Superstars project has delivered free Tennis to over 900 children in local schools and has seen a further 120 of them access tennis at ARC as a result. Following this success, Bluecoat C of E Primary School was offered the chance to be part of the fantastic project this summer.

A Cavalier Themed May Fair

On Thursday 3rd May, the community of Great Torrington came together to celebrate the annual tradition of May Fair. The Square was festooned with colourful bunting and the sun was shining as celebrations were kicked off in style by the Reception and Year 1 children. Their beautiful voices rang through the crowd at the service in the Square, led by