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Spreading joy to those less fortunate

We are delighted to say that the wonderful selection of toys and games donated by our children at the annual Toy Service have made their way the almost 1700 miles across to Romania. During her visit this Easter break, Mags Zaharia ensured the safe delivery of several large boxes of gifts which were met with great delight and appreciation. Bianca, a friend of

Reception Egg Drop

Having read ‘Egg Drop’ by Mini Grey, Classes RH and RM took on the Egg Drop Challenge!

Parents and carers were invited in and the children had a wonderful time working with their grown-ups to design and make something that would protect the egg when it tried to fly off the balcony. Everyone had lots of fun and quite a few

‘Play Phonics’ Parent Workshop

Thank you for all the lovely comments about how useful the ‘Play Phonics’ Letters and Sounds session for parents and carers has been. We are so glad you enjoyed it and the children were very excited to have their ‘grown ups’ stay and learn with them.

Here are some photos from the session to remind you of the games that

Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

The children in Reception have been learning how people celebrate Chinese New Year. They have tried Chinese writing; traditional foods; found out about China; tried using chopsticks; learnt the story about how the animals were ordered for the Chinese Zodiac; and much, much more. They presented all of this to their families in a fantastic assembly which began with two

Children’s Delight at New Bike for Reception

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions after the Reception Christmas Show last December. So generous were the donations, that we have been able to purchase this new larger 2 wheeled bike to add to our collection for outdoor learning. This has been very well received by the children and has presented a real challenge. This area

Reaching Out to Romania

In celebration of Epiphany, Bluecoat held their annual Toy Service on 23rd January. The fruit of the Spirit ‘Kindness’ was very much in evidence as the children donated a record amount of toys to be sent to children in various schools and orphanages in Romania.

Mags Zaharia told the children about some of the work she is involved in in Romania and

Build, Construct and Create in Reception

In class RHH they have been thinking about how to ‘build, construct and create’. This has led them to many different activities, experiences and amazing discoveries in their learning. Here are just a few photos of them.

They looked at the work of Paul Klee and ‘built’ tower pictures with oil pastels and brusho ink. This also linked to their

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:

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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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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

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

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

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

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

Easter Celebrations at Bluecoat

Chapter One

As part of their learning in Chapter One, and to join together to celebrate, they all went to the Parish Church to have an Easter celebration. The Reception children experienced the different parts of the Easter story through objects and ‘stations’ where they could stop, think and discuss what they saw. The FS3/year one children and parents from

Empowerment Day

On Friday 9th March, pupils and staff took part in the school’s annual Empowerment Day. Now in its second year, the day is designed to promote a culture of inclusion celebrating the uniqueness of every child, ensuring that all children understand diversity recognising the need to respect one another regardless of ability, gender, age, race or creed.

Our first Empowerment Day

Roaring Rockets in Reception!

The Bluecoat Hall was transformed into outer space as Reception children marked the end of their “Roaring Rockets!” topic with a celebration assembly for parents and carers. They shared their art work and the amazing facts they have learned about space, as well as performing space songs and stories.

If any parents and carers were unable to join us on