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‘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

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

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

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

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

Reaching Out to Romania

In celebration of Epiphany, Bluecoat held their annual Toy Service on 23rd January. The fruit of the Spirit ‘Kindness’ was very much in evidence as the children donated a record amount of toys to be sent to children in various schools and orphanages in Romania.

Mags Zaharia told the children about some of the work she is involved in in Romania and

Budding Twitchers at Bluecoat!

Report by Rowan Seldon-Green, Class 6DH

On Monday 28th January, representatives from the Pupil Council and Eco Ambassadors took part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch. This is a national survey run by the RSPB to find out about the birds and their population and distribution in gardens and local areas. Our survey took place in the school’s Forest School area.

Build, Construct and Create in Reception

In class RHH they have been thinking about how to ‘build, construct and create’. This has led them to many different activities, experiences and amazing discoveries in their learning. Here are just a few photos of them.

They looked at the work of Paul Klee and ‘built’ tower pictures with oil pastels and brusho ink. This also linked to their

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

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

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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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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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

Wedding Bells in Class 1HT

The children in 1HT recently used all they had learnt about Christian weddings to plan and take part in their own pretend class wedding. Everyone had their role to play, from photographer to bride, guest to groom and much fun was had by all.

They learnt about the symbolism involved in a Christian wedding and really enjoyed the reception and party afterwards.

Town Task Force – Working for Torrington

On Monday 11th June, Michael Collins of Rebel Boy TV, visited the school to chat to the pupils involved with the Torrington Town Task Force. Michael is a local journalist who is passionate about sharing the news of Great Torrington and he was interested to hear what the children had to say about the work of the Task Force and

All Hail St. George!

After listening to the story of St. George and the dragon, children in Chapter 1 were inspired to create their own shields in the making area.

One child thought carefully about how to create a handle so that her shield could be held without her hand being seen; another demonstrated accurate cutting techniques – we were very impressed that she managed

Your Toys Have Found a Good Home!

Earlier in the year, the children of Bluecoat kindly brought in some of their unwanted toys for the annual Epiphany Toy Service. Those toys then went on a journey to Romania to be donated to children in a variety of places.

Mags Zaharia has just received some lovely photos of the toys being given to three different Kindergartens around Sibiu,