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Year 4 Adventures at PGL Beam House

On Wednesday 15th May, children from year 4 and the accompanying staff made their way just down the road to the PGL activity centre Beam House. They had a full itinerary with a variety of  activity sessions led by well trained, enthusiastic PGL instructors. The activities, specially designed to motivate, build confidence and encourage development in pupils, included: 

• Blokarting • Trapeze

Empowering Children at Bluecoat

During Empowerment Day at the end of March, all of the children across Chapter 2 and 3 joined together to make classes of different ages to work on building their self-esteem and celebrating their individuality. All classes took part in some very exciting team challenges, physical activities and creative art work to demonstrate and empower their own strengths. The atmosphere across

Eco Ambassadors Take to the Streets

Bluecoat Eco Ambassadors discussed in a recent meeting how devastating the level of general ‘rubbish’ lying around our local community is. During the meeting they also highlighted opportunities which Bluecoat could do to help reduce the problem. This included some of them donning the high vis vests and heading out on a Great Big School Clean.

Class 5GH wanted to contribute to

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.

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

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