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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

Mischief Reigns Across Devon Libraries!

Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Devon Libraries

Devon Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading

Rewards from Scholastic!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that came along and supported the Scholastic Book Fair earlier this year. Through your book purchases we raised a fantastic £211.60 worth of rewards which we were able to use for purchasing books for our library.

In consultation with the children, we now have a freshly stocked library with

Physical Storytelling in Nurture Group

The children in the Nurture Group have brought storytelling to life in a physical re-telling of the popular tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and completely immersed themselves in the adventurous antics!

Follow the link to see their story in pictures:  Jack and the Beanstalk physical story

First Quest Reading Champion of the Year!

Many congratulations to Year 6 pupil, Kaitlyn, who has reached the grand total of reading and reviewing 100 books with Librarian Tina Palmer during Quest Reading Club at lunchtimes.

Kaitlyn has been tackling the ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ series by Lemony Snicket to reach the 100th book at a rate of one title a day, every day! In order

Wounded Tommy takes shelter in Forest School

At the end of September, the Year 5 children were in for a surprise when they ventured into the Forest School area on a cold and miserable Monday morning. They were greeted by an injured soldier from WW1.

He was hungry, cold, wet through, and had been shot in the arm and the leg. He had not eaten for days,

Bluecoat Awarded Reading Recovery School of The Year 2015

Reading Recovery awards celebrate outstanding contributions to improving children’s literacy

For the past 25 years the Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery Centre has helped thousands of children with complex literacy difficulties to learn how to read. The 2015 Reading Recovery Awards took place on 26 June to celebrate and honour teachers, children and school managers

Year 3 Spelling Bee Competition

Year 3 pupils worked very hard on their ‘Letters and Sounds’ over the Autumn term. The guided sessions with their teachers looked at spelling patterns and rules in the English language. The new introduction of their Spelling Journals encouraged them to continue their learning at home; and some pupils enjoyed challenging their family members with their games and activities.


On a Quest to Read

On a Monday to Thursday lunch time, you will normally find the KS2 Library buzzing with pupils involved in the Quest reading club. The Quest is an initiative whereby pupils earn Quest Stickers on their bookmark for each book they read. When they reach 10 Quest Stickers they are rewarded with a book token which can be exchanged for a

Bridging the Gap in Home/School Learning (Letters & Sounds)

Parents and Carers for Reception children were offered two opportunities to come along to a workshop to talk about ideas and skills that can be used to support childrens’ learning at home to benefit their Letters & Sounds and Reading development.

The Scarab Beetle Comes to Life!

Class 3C have been studying the story “The Scarab’s Secret” and have had a go at creating freeze frames from the story. Here the children describe their actions:

Maddie – “I’m the scarab beetle

Class 3L: The Library is Magic!

Class 3L look forward to their weekly visits to the school library on Fridays. Here is what they have to say about it…

“We are able to exchange any books that we want. We enjoy sharing a good read with our friends. The class get very excited about going to this magical place. We end with Miss Lowes reading us

Book Amnesty

We will be having a book amnesty next week to try and reclaim school books that have not yet been returned. We are asking all pupils to have a good search at home – look under your beds and in your bookcases for any books belonging to school (guided reading books, class books, library books etc.)

Look out for the

The Quest for Reading…

We are delighted that the ‘Quest’ reading club will resume again next week (w/c Monday 29th September) for all year 5 and year 6 pupils. The ‘Quest’ provides pupils with the opportunity to visit the KS2 library every lunchtime except Friday and borrow books. After reviewing 10 books with Tina, our school librarian, pupils will be rewarded with a book

An Insight from Author, Lucy Jones

By Isaac Dempsey, 6D

On Wednesday 17th September Year 6 went to GTS to see Lucy Jones give an author talk about her books.

As I am Year 6 I went up to GTS to see Lucy Jones. It was great to see how she gets her ideas and where she gets them from, like how she got the idea

A ‘Grimm’ Experience!

On Monday 15th September, Key Stage One were delighted to receive a visit from a mysterious Storyteller called Grimm. The children gathered in the hall and were captivated by the fabulous stories he told. Year two classes then worked with Grimm in the classroom as he helped them create stories of their own…where they found a diamond on the floor,

Year 5 Austrian Visit

We received letters from the Austrian children around February, and that was the first we heard of them. We wrote back to them, telling them about our hobbies, favourite foods, colour, friends, family etc. We did not realise how much

Magazines and comics wanted

Good reading is more than only story books. It relies on reading a whole variety of styles and genres.

If you have any magazines or comics or even books which you no longer need and are in good condition we would love to be able to add to our school libraries.

Please leave any donations with Tina Palmer or in

Library Volunteers

We are looking for regular weekly support in our two libraries.

If you are interested in helping to run our school library: including returning books to shelves, keeping the library tidy, helping with displays, using the computer system to log books in and out please see Tina Palmer the school librarian for more information and a chat about the role.

Billy Goats Gruff visit the Nursery

We read The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, then made bridges from the blocks to re-enact the story.

We went to the woods and looked for the troll under the bridge.

Two baby goats visited so that we could see what real goats look