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Year 5 Get Spaced Out

On Tuesday 5th February, the children in Year 5 had their Planet Earth topic work brought to life with a visit from the Space Lab Planetarium. In the dome, Mr Barber did an ‘Earth and Beyond’ presentation to each Year 5 class where they learnt about the solar system, the sun, the planets and their movements to create day/night and

German Gingerbread

Around Christmastime, the Year 5 children researched about the culture and traditions of a German Christmas and made Google slides of their findings about food, Christmas trees, Christmas Eve, stockings and much more! As part of this, the children also made traditional gingerbread that they took home and enjoyed eating. They discussed the German ‘lebkuchen’ spiced biscuits and the different

Thor’s Day Thursday!

At the end of their History topic ‘Anglo Saxons and Vikings’ in Autumn term, Year 5 re-enacted their own version of Thor’s Day Thursday. This came from their novel in English ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell in which a group of young Viking boys had to undergo an initiation ceremony to become full members of the Viking

Stephen Shield Cross Country

Report by: Maisie Stevens (Squad Captain)

On the 2nd November 2018, more than twenty of our students tackled the Stephen Shield Cross Country race and faced fierce competition from athletes from different schools around North Devon. The run took place over several steep, muddy fields at Donnacroft in Torrington with hundreds of spectators cheering on their family and friends.

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

Mathletics Champions Treated to High Tea

Just before the summer break, we launched a competition to run over the summer holidays. The Mathletics Summer Challenge does just that – it challenges pupils to get the highest score on Mathletics.

Very well done to Benjamin, Aidan, Ophelia, William, Daisy and Elizabeth for achieving the highest scores! As a reward, they were invited to afternoon tea at RHS

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

It’s Coming Home!

Following on from the euphoria of last night’s England win, we are delighted that the Bluecoat Girls team have been victorious at the North Devon School Sport Football competition at Park School in Barnstaple today (Wednesday 4th July). The team came joint 1st with Sticklepath and Ilfracombe.

The chants of ‘…it’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home….” rang

Town Task Force – Working for Torrington

On Monday 11th June, Michael Collins of Rebel Boy TV, visited the school to chat to the pupils involved with the Torrington Town Task Force. Michael is a local journalist who is passionate about sharing the news of Great Torrington and he was interested to hear what the children had to say about the work of the Task Force and

Year 5 Pentecost Experience

Our Year 5 classes visited the church for this year’s Pentecost Experience. They heard about how the early Church received the Holy Spirit and then began to grow, till today there are billions of Christians around the world. The experience was well received by the children and staff and enhanced the children’s learning about Pentecost.

They were very grateful to

Rewards from Scholastic!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that came along and supported the Scholastic Book Fair earlier this year. Through your book purchases we raised a fantastic £211.60 worth of rewards which we were able to use for purchasing books for our library.

In consultation with the children, we now have a freshly stocked library with

Enriching Recycling

As part of the Bluecoat School enrichment day, year 5 teachers Mrs Hogan and Mrs Gibbons invited Mrs Recycle from Torridge District Council to work with the children in an effort to encourage more recycling at school and to reuse/recreate with items that the pupils brought in from home.

The items the children made will be used to enhance the school

NASA’s Ticket to the Sun

Parker Solar Probe: Humanity’s First Visit to a Star

NASA has provided Bluecoat C of E Primary School with a ticket to the sun!

The Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar

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

Rocket Kids with STEAM Co.

As part of the Year 5 Enrichment Week activities, on Monday 5th March the children were visited by Nick Corston of STEAM Co., official partner of National Careers Week and supporter of British Science Week.

The visit was part of their #INSPIRANATION UK Tour, where they are taking their half day #ROCKETKIDS session to schools between Land’s End and John O’Groats for

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

Stephen Shield Cross Country Competition 2017

It was a drizzly and dreary day on Wednesday 18th October, but this was not enough to dampen the spirits of over 700 children taking part in the hotly contested Stephen Shield Cross Country Competition at Donnacroft in Torrington. It was a record number of participants and taking part were 6 Bluecoat boys and 6 Bluecoat girls from years 3-6.

The

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.