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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

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

Reception and Year One Mini Sports Festival

The Summer is in full swing and with it comes another Sports Festival! This time the children from Reception and Year one had a chance to attend the Mini Sports Morning at GTS. The Festival was organized by the staff and the students from GTS and was run by Charlotte Frickleton.

All of the children had lots of fun and

Fire Fighting Fun in Reception

A big thank you to the Torrington Fire Brigade fire fighters who gave up their own time to come and visit the Reception children as part of their learning about ‘Real Life Superheroes’. The children learnt so much about being safe. They enjoyed exploring all the equipment fire-fighters use, with special attention paid to how the hose works. The cars

Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make

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

Around the World with Reception

The Reception children have been ‘travelling’ around the world recently.  Each class has studied different countries and put stamps in their passports to remember where they have been.  Families were invited to come on a ‘tour of the world’ with the children as the tour guides.  As they visited each ‘country’ (table of artefacts and photos) the children shared all