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Fantastic Reading Achievements in Year 6

Kit Sam (class 6M, pictured left) and Sophie Rollins (class 6F, pictured right) have dedicated the last few weeks to achieving the brilliant result of reading and reviewing 100 books in the lunchtime Reading Club ‘Quest’! They were absolutely determined, despite several disruptions to daily attendance including a week at transition camp, to achieve 100 books before their year 6

German Exchange Visit 2017

We had an amazingly successful Exchange Visit from our Global German Partner in Year 5, Evangelishe Grundschule Babelsberg from June 12th -16th, now in our second year of our partnership. It began on Monday evening when their plane landed at Bristol (30 German pen pals and 5 teaching staff led by Irina). They made really good time arriving by 8:30pm

‘High Five’ For The Bluecoat Netball Team

After a previous postponement due to bad weather, the Bluecoat Netball team finally got their friendly ‘Away’ High 5 Netball match against Monkleigh Primary on    Monday 3rd  July. With amazing views from Monkleigh’s netball court, Paige won the toss and decided which end they shot from in the first quarter, so Monkleigh took the first centre pass. In the first

Year Five Get On Their Bikes

On Wednesday 5th July, pupils in year 5 had a lovely warm, sunny day for their bike ride on the Tarka Trail from Great Torrington to Instow. They set off at around 9:15am and peddled approximately 17 miles, with snack and drink stops en route before arriving at Instow beach in time for lunch. After an ice cream and play

The Sun Had His Hat on for Sports Day!

On Tuesday 20th June, Bluecoat was a sea of red, blue, yellow and green t-Shirts as pupils prepared to battle it out for their house team to be crowned the champions of the annual Sports Day.  It was a beautifully sunny day and measures had been taken to ensure plenty of shaded areas for children to wait in between events

A Chance to Quiz the Election Candidates

It was election fever on 6th June at Bluecoat C of E Primary School as a handful of pupils from the upper and lower school had the opportunity to grill candidates from four of the main political parties. The North Devon Gazette had invited the school to be part of an election feature they were running and had requested that

Year 4 River Walk

This term, year 4 have been learning about rivers. To start the topic off they visited a local stream, which runs into the River Torridge, to carry out a study. Once down at the stream the pupils carried out three tasks; a river walk to look at how different features of the stream had been formed, they measured the width

Pollution Pollution Everywhere

Written by Max Goodman, Class 6M

The trees you see, The sea you see,

Are nothing but natural things to be BUT, The humans come build factories and buildings Which pollutes the air we breathe. Now is nothing but smog and waste and slob The coal and oil now taken from earth Nothing left but pollution pollution everywhere!

A Celebration of Nursing at May Fair

On 4th May, the community of Great Torrington came out in force to celebrate the annual May Fair Day, a tradition that dates back many years and a day held in very high esteem by the young and old.  Following a burst of music from the silver band, the proceedings got underway with an open air service and singing from

Record Performance from Bluecoat Girls’ Football Team!

Report from Gracie Avery:

“On the 23rd March, eight girls from the Bluecoat Girls’ Football club played at a Primary School football tournament held at GTS. At the tournament there were eight teams, four of which were from this school. Being the only full girls team there, Bluecoat Girls had to be tough, but they managed to pull it off

Outdoor Learning: Forest School

Year Four

Year Four enjoyed the team building challenges during their Forest School sessions this term. Here they are playing the ‘Cross the Swamp Challenge’. The first group to get their whole team across the swamp, without touching the ground, was the winner.

[Show slideshow] They also made ‘fat balls’ to feed the birds and hung them around the Forest

“Gute Reise!” – Diary of the Year 5 Visit to Germany

Year 5 have been studying Germany as a topic because Evanglische Grundschule, Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany is our Global Partner.  Since September we have been learning about the language, geography, history (especially WW1/2) and the German lifestyle. We have been fortunate to Skype every fortnight with our new pen pals and have also linked this to our Literacy and Maths work

Casting Announced for Summer Production

On Wednesday 1st March, the Bluecoat Hall transformed into a nonsensical world of theatre as auditions for the Drama Club and Year 6 summer play took place. Having received a script excerpt and poem in advance, drama hopefuls warmed up their voices and took to the stage; dreams of their ideal role within reach!

Director/Producer Mrs Furseman, Miss Marsh and

An Alternative Christmas

As part of the Christmas Carol Concert, year 5 took a very different look at the Christmas story and the harsh reality facing a family in Tanzania expecting a baby. The events that unfolded in the script illustrated a very different story and told of the struggles to get clean water to bathe the newborn baby. The script can be

Time for Tea?

On the afternoon of Friday 9th December, Year 6 travelled back in time; decked the hall with union flag bunting and invited their families to celebrate with them the end of World War 1 by way of a tea dance.

Throughout this term, the children have been learning about the First World War. Part of their work included learning the

A Top Visit from Mrs Recycle!

At the end of November, Mrs Recycle (Cathy) came into our school to visit classes 3G and 6M. She focused on encouraging the children to be aware of how they can recycle and reuse. They learnt all about the impact of dumping recyclable waste into our landfills and how it effects our landscapes, wildlife and health. They were each given

Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face!

Following his visit to the Appledore Book Festival, John Dougherty – poet, songwriter and author of the popular Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face books – was at GTS on Tuesday 11th October. Ruth Ward, Librarian at GTS, invited our pupils from year 6 to one of John’s sessions. He was extremely engaging and entertained the children with stories and songs. Thank

Wounded Tommy takes shelter in Forest School

At the end of September, the Year 5 children were in for a surprise when they ventured into the Forest School area on a cold and miserable Monday morning. They were greeted by an injured soldier from WW1.

He was hungry, cold, wet through, and had been shot in the arm and the leg. He had not eaten for days,

Clay Day

On 21st September Y4 had a clay day. As part of their history topic they found out about jewellery and weapons used by Bronze Age people which had been discovered by archaeologists. After looking carefully at a number of Bronze Age artefacts, they made their own designs to be created out of clay. After the clay has been fired they

Year 4 Step Back in Time…

On Thursday 8th September the year 4 pupils took a step back in time and enjoyed a Stone Age themed day. During the day they took part in various Stone Aged related activities including shelter building, fire and food and cave art.

Great fun was had by all and lots of pupils made the extra effort of coming to school