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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

Sitting Volleyball Success!

Earlier this month, Mrs Hannam took the Bluecoat Group to GTS for a sitting volleyball competition. The 8 children split into 2 teams – Team A consisted of Armani Ford, Kai Wheeler, Dylan Webb and TJ Doolan. Team B consisted of Ebony Stagg, Charlie Vaggers, Phoebe Vaggers and Daylun Bock.

The children played 3 games in a row. The sports leaders

Up, Up & Away!

As part of Year 1’s “Up, Up and Away!” learning, they have shared the story of ‘The Blue Balloon’ and have thought about their own hopes and dreams. They have written messages and tied them to a balloon, ready to release – who knows how far they will travel? The messages have the school address on, so watch this space for news

Rolle Canal Gig

On Wednesday 15th November, 33 children from Year 2 took part in a community performance at RHS Garden Rosemoor. The performance told the story of the Rolle Canal through drama and song, and was the culmination of weeks of rehearsals and preparation by the participating schools: Great Torrington School, Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Monkleigh Primary School,

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

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.

Autumn Annual Multi-Skills Festival

At the end of the last half-term children from year’s one and two attended the annual Autumn Multi-Skills Festival at GTS. The Festival was organised by the staff and students from GTS and run by Charlotte Frickleton.

Thank you to all parent volunteers who took part and who ensured that the walk in the appalling, windy weather was without any hazards!

A ‘Stargazy Pie’ Harvest Breakfast

As part of their harvest learning, Year One have been focusing on the harvest of the sea. The children have readand enjoyed the story of the ‘Mousehole Cat’, and were lucky enough to watch the film version at the Plough.

The children have looked at a real mackerel and made some fabulous observational drawings and paintings. As a culmination of

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

Town Task Force on a Mission

After a very busy week of Harvest Festival celebrations and activities going on around the school, the Town Task Force delivered some heavy bags full of food donations from our families at school to the Food Bank in Town. They braved the gusty wind but rose to the challenge of delivering the food from Bluecoat Primary. The Task Force were shown

Sing a Song for Harvest

Children in years 1-3 almost lifted the roof off the lower hall at this year’s Harvest Service with their amazing singing, including our latest harvest song ‘Sing a song for Harvest”. The Collective Worship Focus Group members were involved in presenting the programme and year 3 read some class prayers.

Mrs Harris spoke about her love of art and showed us

Year 4 Step Back in Time

On Wednesday 27th September, pupils in year 4 dressed up as Stone Age people and spent the day building shelters, gathering food, creating artefacts and making paints from locally found soil and rocks. They were really lucky to learn about the art of making paint from local artist Peter Ward and then used these paints to create their own ‘cave

A Token of Thanks

As part of their Religious Education, in the run up to Harvest, Year 1 have been thinking about being thankful for the food they have and for those who help them.

Each child decorated a ‘thank you token’ to give to the Mealtime Assistants who serve and help them in the lower hall at lunchtime. They thought about how hard they work

GTS PE Superstars Academy

We are delighted that seven year 6 pupils have been selected to take part in the Torrington Learning Community Year 6 PE Superstars Academy. Congratulations to Harrison Brown, Jonathan Taylor, Cain Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Maizie Mock, Stan Irvine and Cody Gardiner..

The Academy, led by Great Torrington School (GTS), provides fantastic opportunities for those involved, such as being part of

An Icy Escape for the Dinosaurs!

Last week in nursery they learnt about dinosaurs.

The children discovered dinosaurs frozen in ice and had to investigate ways to help them escape.  After the chilly rescue, the children made a gloopy swamp for the dinosaurs to play in.

As part of the adventure, children read exciting books and learnt the names of dinosaurs before learning some dinosaur songs

Fantastic Reading Achievements in Year 6

Kit (class 6M, pictured left) and Sophie (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 was complete.

Avast, Ye Landlubbers! Pirate Story Trail for Nursery

Nursery children enjoyed a group retelling of the storybook, The Treasure of Pirate Frank, which was performed to parents and grandparents. Then the children discovered that there had been a flood in the nursery (see below) which washed up a pirate ship wreck and a message in a bottle. The message was a map! 

They all grabbed their telescopes and a copy