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Potato Growing Presentation

The annual Potato Growing event in year 4 has become a hotly contested competition with pupils battling it out for the heaviest crop and the largest single potato. The competition is organised in partnership with the Torrington in Bloom Association and RHS Garden Rosemoor and is co-ordinated by Nigel Stark.

This year’s presentation took place on Tuesday 9th July. Nigel

‘How to be an Archaeologist’ Dig

More than 400 years of history unearthed in archaeological dig

A selection of pupils from years 4 and 5 took part in an exciting archaeological dig within the school grounds as part of a History curriculum enrichment initiative, kindly supported by Emily Wapshott, a professional archaeologist, who lives in Great Torrington.

Emily introduced the children to techniques involved in a

Future Cyclists in the Making Thanks to Town & Lands Charity

The children in Chapter One would like to give their grateful thanks to the GREAT TORRINGTON TOWN & LANDS CHARITY who supplied a grant allowing us to purchase new trikes with sidecars, rickshaws and larger bikes for our children to use.  This is a vital part of our Early Years curriculum as we seek not only to develop our children’s physical

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

The Red Box Project

We are delighted to announce that Bluecoat are participating in The Red Box Project!

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools. There are over 200 projects across the UK as well as several overseas.

“We believe that

Art Exhibition at The Plough Arts Centre

Next week, The Plough Arts Centre will be displaying artwork by nationally renowned Cornwall-artist Richard Cook, who has previously held solo shows at Tate St. Ives and Galerie am Savignyplatz – Berlin. He’ll have a tough act to follow though, as for one week only, a selection of artwork from Nursery, Year 6 and Sketching Club is on display in

Emergency Landing at Bluecoat

As some of you may be aware, last Sunday the Devon Air Ambulance landed on the school playground in response to a local emergency. We are pleased to be able to report that the casualty arrived safely in Bristol and was treated successfully.

Many thanks to Mrs Flower for her prompt response to the situation, opening the gates to allow

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

Easter Service

Chapter 2 & 3 attended St. Michael’s Church for the annual Easter Service. The church was ringing once again with the very enthusiastic singing and many children took part in leading prayers and presenting Easter readings. Thank you to all who took part, including Father Peter who spoke about the Easter story.

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

Spreading joy to those less fortunate

We are delighted to say that the wonderful selection of toys and games donated by our children at the annual Toy Service have made their way the almost 1700 miles across to Romania. During her visit this Easter break, Mags Zaharia ensured the safe delivery of several large boxes of gifts which were met with great delight and appreciation. Bianca, a friend of

Reception Egg Drop

Having read ‘Egg Drop’ by Mini Grey, Classes RH and RM took on the Egg Drop Challenge!

Parents and carers were invited in and the children had a wonderful time working with their grown-ups to design and make something that would protect the egg when it tried to fly off the balcony. Everyone had lots of fun and quite a few

‘Play Phonics’ Parent Workshop

Thank you for all the lovely comments about how useful the ‘Play Phonics’ Letters and Sounds session for parents and carers has been. We are so glad you enjoyed it and the children were very excited to have their ‘grown ups’ stay and learn with them.

Here are some photos from the session to remind you of the games that

Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

The children in Reception have been learning how people celebrate Chinese New Year. They have tried Chinese writing; traditional foods; found out about China; tried using chopsticks; learnt the story about how the animals were ordered for the Chinese Zodiac; and much, much more. They presented all of this to their families in a fantastic assembly which began with two

Children’s Delight at New Bike for Reception

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions after the Reception Christmas Show last December. So generous were the donations, that we have been able to purchase this new larger 2 wheeled bike to add to our collection for outdoor learning. This has been very well received by the children and has presented a real challenge. This area

Year 1 Visit to Tiverton Castle

This term in Year 1, the children have been learning about Castles and life in the past. They have investigated the history of England in 1066 and explored the Battle of Hastings. Learning has focused on what life looked like in the Medieval times, especially life in the castles. The children were very lucky to bring the learning to life during

Germany Residential Exchange Visit 2019

On 11th March 2019, a group of 26 year 5 pupils and 5 adults embarked on the 4th annual Residential Exchange Visit to Germany.  The group flew from Bristol to Berlin (for some it was their first time on an aeroplane!) and then they travelled by train to Potsdam. They stayed in a youth hostel in the suburb called Babelsberg which

Netball Victory for Bluecoat

Members of the Bluecoat Netball Club had their long awaited second league match on 7th March at home against Beaford after having to be cancelled on two previous occasions due to bad weather. The nine-strong team of Year 6, 5 and 4 players were Marnie, Frankie, Maisie S, Raven, Jess, Chloe, Matilda, James P and Calypso.

Sarah Hogan, Netball Team

First Quest Reading Champion of 2019

We have our very first Quest Reading Champion of 2019!

This accolade goes to the very determined Caitlyn in class 6D. She has been extremely dedicated during Year 5 and 6 and read and reviewed 100 books with Librarian, Tina during Quest sessions.

Tina commented “Caitlyn is an inspiration to all readers with her enthusiasm and infectious delight in recalling

Streetz Dance Festival 2019

The Spring is here and with that also our Dance Festival 2019!

The event is now a firm favourite in the Bluecoat calendar when from Year one, two and three attend GTS to take part in a Streetz Dance Festival. The Festival which took place on Monday 11th March, is organised by the staff and students from GTS and run by