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Fantastic Reading Achievements in Year 6

Kit Sam (class 6M, pictured left) and Sophie Rollins (class 6F, pictured right) have dedicated the last few weeks to achieving the brilliant result of reading and reviewing 100 books in the lunchtime Reading Club ‘Quest’! They were absolutely determined, despite several disruptions to daily attendance including a week at transition camp, to achieve 100 books before their year 6

Avast, Ye Landlubbers! Pirate Story Trail for Nursery

Nursery children enjoyed a group retelling of the storybook, The Treasure of Pirate Frank, which was performed to parents and grandparents. Then the children discovered that there had been a flood in the nursery (see below) which washed up a pirate ship wreck and a message in a bottle. The message was a map! 

They all grabbed their telescopes and a copy

German Exchange Visit 2017

We had an amazingly successful Exchange Visit from our Global German Partner in Year 5, Evangelishe Grundschule Babelsberg from June 12th -16th, now in our second year of our partnership. It began on Monday evening when their plane landed at Bristol (30 German pen pals and 5 teaching staff led by Irina). They made really good time arriving by 8:30pm

‘High Five’ For The Bluecoat Netball Team

After a previous postponement due to bad weather, the Bluecoat Netball team finally got their friendly ‘Away’ High 5 Netball match against Monkleigh Primary on    Monday 3rd  July. With amazing views from Monkleigh’s netball court, Paige won the toss and decided which end they shot from in the first quarter, so Monkleigh took the first centre pass. In the first

Year Five Get On Their Bikes

On Wednesday 5th July, pupils in year 5 had a lovely warm, sunny day for their bike ride on the Tarka Trail from Great Torrington to Instow. They set off at around 9:15am and peddled approximately 17 miles, with snack and drink stops en route before arriving at Instow beach in time for lunch. After an ice cream and play

Reception and Year One Mini Sports Festival

The Summer is in full swing and with it comes another Sports Festival! This time the children from Reception and Year one had a chance to attend the Mini Sports Morning at GTS. The Festival was organized by the staff and the students from GTS and was run by Charlotte Frickleton.

All of the children had lots of fun and

Fire Fighting Fun in Reception

A big thank you to the Torrington Fire Brigade fire fighters who gave up their own time to come and visit the Reception children as part of their learning about ‘Real Life Superheroes’. The children learnt so much about being safe. They enjoyed exploring all the equipment fire-fighters use, with special attention paid to how the hose works. The cars

Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make

The Sun Had His Hat on for Sports Day!

On Tuesday 20th June, Bluecoat was a sea of red, blue, yellow and green t-Shirts as pupils prepared to battle it out for their house team to be crowned the champions of the annual Sports Day.  It was a beautifully sunny day and measures had been taken to ensure plenty of shaded areas for children to wait in between events

Around the World with Reception

The Reception children have been ‘travelling’ around the world recently.  Each class has studied different countries and put stamps in their passports to remember where they have been.  Families were invited to come on a ‘tour of the world’ with the children as the tour guides.  As they visited each ‘country’ (table of artefacts and photos) the children shared all

A Chance to Quiz the Election Candidates

It was election fever on 6th June at Bluecoat C of E Primary School as a handful of pupils from the upper and lower school had the opportunity to grill candidates from four of the main political parties. The North Devon Gazette had invited the school to be part of an election feature they were running and had requested that

#schoolsjustwannahavefunds

On Friday 26th May, Bluecoat C of E Primary School joined in with the National campaign for Fairer Funding for Schools #schoolsjustwannahavefunds. Events were being held all over the country as part of the ‘National School Assembly’ to raise awareness of the significant cuts that are being proposed to school budgets.

Before everyone left school to start their half term

Year 4 River Walk

This term, year 4 have been learning about rivers. To start the topic off they visited a local stream, which runs into the River Torridge, to carry out a study. Once down at the stream the pupils carried out three tasks; a river walk to look at how different features of the stream had been formed, they measured the width

A Celebration of Nursing at May Fair

On 4th May, the community of Great Torrington came out in force to celebrate the annual May Fair Day, a tradition that dates back many years and a day held in very high esteem by the young and old.  Following a burst of music from the silver band, the proceedings got underway with an open air service and singing from

Exploring the Senses at Rosemoor

On Friday 5th May, the year one children visited RHS Gardens Rosemoor to take part in an “Exploring the Senses” workshop. The children were given challenges involving looking, smelling, feeling and listening which really helped them to explore the gardens in detail and to talk about what they noticed.

They also had great fun exploring the rest of the gardens and, of course,

Record Performance from Bluecoat Girls’ Football Team!

Report from Gracie Avery:

“On the 23rd March, eight girls from the Bluecoat Girls’ Football club played at a Primary School football tournament held at GTS. At the tournament there were eight teams, four of which were from this school. Being the only full girls team there, Bluecoat Girls had to be tough, but they managed to pull it off

Reception Children Take the Egg Drop Challenge!

Having read ‘Egg Drop’ by Mini Grey, Reception children took on the Egg Drop Challenge. They worked with parents and carers to design and make something that would protect the egg when it tried to fly off the balcony. They had lots of fun and quite a few of the eggs survived!

Thank you to parents and carers for supporting the

Outdoor Learning: Forest School

Year Four

Year Four enjoyed the team building challenges during their Forest School sessions this term. Here they are playing the ‘Cross the Swamp Challenge’. The first group to get their whole team across the swamp, without touching the ground, was the winner.

[Show slideshow] They also made ‘fat balls’ to feed the birds and hung them around the Forest

“Gute Reise!” – Diary of the Year 5 Visit to Germany

Year 5 have been studying Germany as a topic because Evanglische Grundschule, Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany is our Global Partner.  Since September we have been learning about the language, geography, history (especially WW1/2) and the German lifestyle. We have been fortunate to Skype every fortnight with our new pen pals and have also linked this to our Literacy and Maths work

Jack and the Beanstalk Story Trail

The nursery children did a fantastic retelling of the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ for their grown ups who came to enjoy the story trail. They remembered all the key phrases and performed the actions with great finesse! Then the children discovered something wonderful had happened in the garden – they checked the CCTV and a magic beanstalk had