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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,

Afternoon Tea for Mayfair

The children in Reception and FS3 had a wonderful afternoon celebrating Torrington Mayfair with traditional English food and having a go at the Floral Dance. The children had prepared cucumber sandwiches, scones, jam and cream, and also enjoyed a slice of classic Victoria sponge. A great afternoon was had by all as we talked about how unique this celebration is

Year One Tie the Knot

The children in R1D finished their learning about traditional Christian services with a wonderful celebration – Brooke and Theo were married! The children planned for and organised the wedding, writing invitations and vows, making bouquets and button holes. Noah and George made fabulous ushers, asking everyone “Bride or groom?” as they entered the room. Rowan, the father of the bride,

A fun-packed week for Year 3

Heatree Residential

In the first half of the summer term, many year 3 children experienced their first school residential. Heading to the beautiful Heatree Activity Centre on Dartmoor, they tried their hands at lots of different things such as abseiling, climbing, archery and team building games. The children and staff had a great time and the behaviour was exemplary. Here’s

NASA’s Ticket to the Sun

Parker Solar Probe: Humanity’s First Visit to a Star

NASA has provided Bluecoat C of E Primary School with a ticket to the sun!

The Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar

A Cavalier Themed May Fair

On Thursday 3rd May, the community of Great Torrington came together to celebrate the annual tradition of May Fair. The Square was festooned with colourful bunting and the sun was shining as celebrations were kicked off in style by the Reception and Year 1 children. Their beautiful voices rang through the crowd at the service in the Square, led by

Torrington Town Task Force

By Jo Stevens

Our very own Community volunteer group, the Town Task Force, have been very busy creating designs for ‘plastic only’ recycle bins to be used in the square during the May fair weekend. This is a time when hundreds of people come into the square for various reasons over the May Fair celebrations, and the super-striking bins that

Empowerment Day

On Friday 9th March, pupils and staff took part in the school’s annual Empowerment Day. Now in its second year, the day is designed to promote a culture of inclusion celebrating the uniqueness of every child, ensuring that all children understand diversity recognising the need to respect one another regardless of ability, gender, age, race or creed.

Our first Empowerment Day

Entourage Photo Opportunity

With the initial shock and excitement now calming down since the big announcement, plans and rehearsals for May Fair are now well underway and the sound of the Floral Dance now rings around the school as the steps are practised ready for the big day. It is customary for the Entourage to be photographed with the Mayor and Consort for publicity

May Fair Entourage Confirmed!

We are delighted to confirm the Entourage for May Fair 2018 is as follows:

May Queen: Amelia Batten

Crowner: Paige MacDonald-Bale

Heralds: Albie Smithson and Freddie North

Attendants: Allannah McConnachie and Poppy Fry Ellie Cooke and Lilie Barber Evie Hill and Calypso Smithson Amber Schofield and Lily Beer

Many congratulations to you all!

Epiphany Toy Service

On Wednesday 17th January 2018, it was time for the annual Toy Service as part of our Epiphany celebrations. Thank you once again to all the children who kindly donated their toys to be sent to children in Romania. What a colourful display they made!

Mags Zaharia, who runs Little John’s House in Romania, led the service and spoke to

Och aye the noo! St Andrew’s Day Celebrations at Bluecoat

Thursday 30th November was St. Andrew’s Day…and what a day it was!

For the whole day, as part of our British Values Learning, the school from reception to year 6 was steeped in finding out about the beauty, people and culture of Scotland. From porridge to Irn Bru, castles to islands, regions to main cities, bens to lochs, bagpipes to sword

Rolle Canal Gig

On Wednesday 15th November, 33 children from Year 2 took part in a community performance at RHS Garden Rosemoor. The performance told the story of the Rolle Canal through drama and song, and was the culmination of weeks of rehearsals and preparation by the participating schools: Great Torrington School, Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Monkleigh Primary School,

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.

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