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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

“Dance, Dance, Dance….I Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

The Spring has sprung and the dancing season is well and truly upon us!

On the 9th March children from year one, two and three donned their dancing shoes and headed up to GTS with a spring in their step to take part in a Streetz Dance Festival. The Festival was organised by the staff and students from GTS and run by our Sports Governor and owner

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

A Positive Touch for Anti Bullying Week

Monday 14th November saw the start of Anti-Bullying week, a national initiative which shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. Throughout the week activities took place raising awareness of the subject which culminated in a whole school event where children participated in peer massage class spirals based

We Will Remember Them…

Deputy Head Ian Thomas lead a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November which was was attended by pupils and staff from years 2 – 6. Children from years 2 and 3 presented poppy wreaths that they had made in class. The hall filled with music and song as everyone sang ‘We will remember’ and at 11 o’clock the 2

High Five to Bluecoat and Monkleigh!

Tuesday 8th November saw netball teams from Bluecoat C of E Primary and Monkleigh Primary come together in a High 5 Netball game. High 5 is the massively popular entry game of netball. It’s a great way for children to get active, enjoy themselves and make new friends.

After a busy day, the players donned their netball bibs under the

Some Positive Touch in 3G

On Thursday 13th October, class 3G welcomed Mrs Harris in for some up to date Positive Touch training. The pupils were incredible. They remembered a lot of the training they had done previously and Mrs Harris was really impressed!

The programme, which is widely used by many schools and organisations, has proven benefits for children’s well being and preparation for

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

Streetz Dance the Right Way…

….and so do our Year 3 children during Enrichment Week. The fun continued on Wednesday 5th October with Amy from Streetz leading the children in her popular dance session. They busted some great moves as they danced and breaked their morning away, working up a great appetite for lunch!

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Enrichment Continues as Year 3 Head to Arlington Court

The Enrichment activities continued on Tuesday 4th October as Year 3 boarded the coach to Arlington Court. Pupils had such a fantastic day exploring survival skills and den building. They learnt that you need fuel, oxygen and a spark to light a fire and used their new found knowledge to have a go at using a flint to light one

Year 3 Enrichment Week Gets of to a Great Start!

Year 3 kicked off their Enrichment week on Monday 3rd October with some fun team building and trust exercises across the year group. The pupils were able to discover what team work was all about through various physical games such as blindfold challenges and planet hopping, or through drama activities. They all had a great day and learnt that team

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

Enterprising Youngsters get a Helping Hand

Y4 pupils, at Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary, were visited by local business entrepreneur Rich Cumes, to give them advice on their Sports Day enterprise.

Rich of Jersey Pocket, a Barnstaple based business that produce healthy energy bars, came to talk to the pupils about product design and making their own energy bars. The enterprising youngsters took on the

Potato Competition

2016 has been another successful year for growing potatoes in Y4. The competition, which is organised by Torrington in Bloom, was won by Kyle Baker. Everyone enjoyed eating their potatoes.

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