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Garden Transformation Nears Completion!

Cast your mind back to when we were awarded the Tesco Bags for Help Grant (remember we were chosen as a project in store and you kindly posted your blue tokens to support the project!)

Well, the funds we were awarded have allowed us to transform the garden area in the middle of the school into a space for spiritual

Bluecoat go all out for the Blue Cross

The parents and children of Bluecoat C of E Primary School were very generous last year and filled a van full of much needed food, toys and treats for the Tiverton Blue Cross Animal Rescue Centre. This year, they doubled their efforts and provided another van load of provisions for the North Devon Animal Ambulance in addition to the Blue

Christingle 2018

After a last minute change of venue due to the yellow weather warning, the children of Years 1 ,2 and 3 presented their Christingle service in the Bluecoat Hall. Once again this very special service drew in a large crowd of parents and friends to hear the children sing a selection of Christmas songs to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

The climax

A Miracle in Christmas Town

A highlight of the school calendar has to be the Reception nativity performance. This year the performance took place to parents and carers on Friday 14th December and was entitled ‘A Miracle in Christmas Town’. This musical piece was performed beautifully by the children to many proud family members. Here is what some of the children had to say:

“It’s

Co-op Food Share Scheme

As part of our drive for sustainability, we are now involved with the Co-op Food Share Scheme. The scheme allows Co-op stores to donate produce at its best before or use by date to community/charitable organisations – food that would normally go to waste. We are partnered with 3 stores: Torrington, Hatherleigh and Bideford, and regular collections are now taking

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.

Anti-Bullying Assemblies

Classes 1M and 4D joined their forces against bullying on during Anti-Bullying Week when they experienced their first Buddy Assembly. Both classes enjoyed reading and discussing a poem by Kate Fleming: ‘The Hurt Feelings’ and talking about how being hurt inside takes a long time to heal. During the joint assembly children from 1M shared their ‘Bystander’ positive touch spiral with the pupils

Bakery Visit

As part of their learning about Harvest the children in the Reception classes had a visit from Alfred’s Granny who owns Sandford’s Bakery. They looked at photographs of the bakery and found out all about the different things they make and sell. The children particularly liked the doughnuts they had made especially for them!

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Lunchtime Stars

As part of Year 1’s RE programme for the Autumn half term we talked about being thankful. We thought of people in the school that we don’t often thank properly and decided to give a ‘thank you star’ to each of the ladies who help us at dinner times. We think they are all stars!

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Year 1 Harvest Breakfast

On Thursday 18th October, Year 1 held a harvest breakfast. Following on from our harvest experiences in Reception last year, we have been learning about harvest of the sea. We read The Mousehole Cat, and watched the film at the Plough. We looked closely at a mackerel and made observational drawings, and then we were busy cooking! We made jelly

A Bumper Harvest

We would like to thank everyone for the many, many food gifts that were donated to the school for this year’s harvest celebrations and to the crowds of parents who attended. The hall really was bursting at the seams!

The children from Years 1-3 who are part of the Collective Worship Focus Group took responsibility for the readings and prayers

We Will Remember Them

On Remembrance Sunday, pupils from Bluecoat represented the school at the Remembrance Parade in the town. They laid a wreath at the War Memorial and paid their respects to the fallen. The children were a credit to the school and their parents.

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PE Superstars!

Every year, GTS launch the Great Torrington Learning Community Year 6 PE Superstars Academy. Children in year 6 from across schools in the area are identified as being more able in PE and have the opportunity to try out for the academy. For all the tests carried out, the children that were selected for the academy achieved 4 of the

Autumn Multi-Skills

During the last week of this October half term, children from Years one and two attended GTS to take part in an Autumn Multi-skills Festival. The Festival was organised by the staff and Year 7 students from GTS and led by Adrian Avery. The children had a great time and thorough enjoyed all the activities that were made available to them.

Thanks to all

On Track for Gold!

Here at Bluecoat, we love reading and we love to celebrate reading. We are delighted that Amber, in year 4, has achieved her Book Track Gold. In order to achieve this accolade, Amber had to read and review 100 books from the library. She was presented with her badge and certificate at Torrington Library. Congratulations Amber!

Book Track is a

Mathletics Champions Treated to High Tea

Just before the summer break, we launched a competition to run over the summer holidays. The Mathletics Summer Challenge does just that – it challenges pupils to get the highest score on Mathletics.

Very well done to Benjamin, Aidan, Ophelia, William, Daisy and Elizabeth for achieving the highest scores! As a reward, they were invited to afternoon tea at RHS

Annual Potato Growing Competition

Over the past few weeks, children in year 4 have been taking part in the annual Potato Growing Competition. The Competition is led by Torrington in Bloom in partnership with RHS Garden Rosemoor. Each child’s crop was taken away and weighed and the prize giving presentation took place on 16th July.

The presentation was led by Cllr N. Stark, along

Summer Holiday Ideas for Reception

The summer holiday can be quite a break away from learning for our youngest pupils so our Reception team have put together a booklet full of ideas to help maintain and continue your child’s development over the summer break. The booklet supports the partnership between parents/carers and staff to help develop the learning of our children.

Please do as much or as

Hollywood Hits Torrington!

Great Torrington got a touch of Hollywood glitz and glamour as the red carpet was laid out in preparation for the arrival of some top film stars. The stars were of course our year 6 children who were premiering their end of term film ‘Go For Gold’ at The Plough Arts Centre on Tuesday 17th July. There was an audible gasp

Ridiculous Rhyme Show

On Tuesday 3rd July, Joe Chambers and Andrew Crawford (First Officer Ditty and Professor Poet, as seen on ‘The Rhyme Rocket’ on CBeebies, joined us for an exciting interactive literacy morning. Children from across the school were treated to their Ridiculous Rhyme Show, a live performance of rhyme, poetry, song and silliness with the aim of improving and promoting rhyme awareness within