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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

Epiphany Toy Service

On Wednesday 17th January 2018, it was time for the annual Toy Service as part of our Epiphany celebrations. Thank you once again to all the children who kindly donated their toys to be sent to children in Romania. What a colourful display they made!

Mags Zaharia, who runs Little John’s House in Romania, led the service and spoke to

A look back at Christmas 2017…

Hark the Herald Reception Angels sing!

Providing maximum ‘Ahhhh’ factor to the packed audience, the Reception Nativity play ‘Angel Express’ flew off the stage with all the musical delight and fanfare of a West End show! Seth Hare led the confident cast as the worried Angel choir Conductor and displayed maturity beyond his years to weave faultless comic timing across

Och aye the noo! St Andrew’s Day Celebrations at Bluecoat

Thursday 30th November was St. Andrew’s Day…and what a day it was!

For the whole day, as part of our British Values Learning, the school from reception to year 6 was steeped in finding out about the beauty, people and culture of Scotland. From porridge to Irn Bru, castles to islands, regions to main cities, bens to lochs, bagpipes to sword

Positive Touch at Bluecoat

Monday 13th November was the start of national ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. As part of the launch of this vital week of learning, all classes at Bluecoat Primary took part in class positive touch (Massage in Schools Programme) spirals with movements set to reflect a poem entitled ‘The Bystander’. This was a calm and quiet time of reflection as we all thought

Lest We Forget – Remembrance 2017

On 10th November 2017, children in years 2 – 6 gathered in the upper hall for our annual Service of Remembrance. Mr Harts led the service, ably assisted by some year 6 children who spoke about the Poppy Appeal. Year 2  and 3 classes had made some poppy wreaths which were received by 2nd Officer Wingrove and laid by the cross.

A Farm Experience with Farmer Harris

Farmer Harris visited the children in Reception to explain the importance of harvest on the farm. He explained about storing food for the winter and the uses of wheat and maize. Farmer Harris brought along his tractor and enabled children to look closely at a range of products from the farm, such as silage, cow cake, a maize plant, wheat and turnips.

After his

Reception and Year One Mini Sports Festival

The Summer is in full swing and with it comes another Sports Festival! This time the children from Reception and Year one had a chance to attend the Mini Sports Morning at GTS. The Festival was organized by the staff and the students from GTS and was run by Charlotte Frickleton.

All of the children had lots of fun and

Fire Fighting Fun in Reception

A big thank you to the Torrington Fire Brigade fire fighters who gave up their own time to come and visit the Reception children as part of their learning about ‘Real Life Superheroes’. The children learnt so much about being safe. They enjoyed exploring all the equipment fire-fighters use, with special attention paid to how the hose works. The cars

Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make

Around the World with Reception

The Reception children have been ‘travelling’ around the world recently.  Each class has studied different countries and put stamps in their passports to remember where they have been.  Families were invited to come on a ‘tour of the world’ with the children as the tour guides.  As they visited each ‘country’ (table of artefacts and photos) the children shared all