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First Quest Reading Champion of 2019

We have our very first Quest Reading Champion of 2019!

This accolade goes to the very determined Caitlyn in class 6D. She has been extremely dedicated during Year 5 and 6 and read and reviewed 100 books with Librarian, Tina during Quest sessions.

Tina commented “Caitlyn is an inspiration to all readers with her enthusiasm and infectious delight in recalling

Streetz Dance Festival 2019

The Spring is here and with that also our Dance Festival 2019!

The event is now a firm favourite in the Bluecoat calendar when from Year one, two and three attend GTS to take part in a Streetz Dance Festival. The Festival which took place on Monday 11th March, is organised by the staff and students from GTS and run by

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

World Book Day 2019

We were delighted to see the array of costumes worn by children on World Book Day this year. It was a real celebration of reading and an opportunity to share favourite stories. Thanks to everyone for participating.

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Year One Wedding Celebrations

Year One have been learning about Christian and Jewish celebrations, and to help secure their understanding, they held a pretend Jewish wedding! They designed the cake, made invitations and learned lots about how a Jewish wedding differs from a Christian celebration.

In 1D, Seth and Megan were married by Alfie, the rabbi. Seth was accompanied by his best man, Travis,

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.

Year One Play Maths

During the first half of the spring term, parents and carers of Year 1 pupils were invited to come and watch their child take part in a maths session, and to play some number games together. These were so enjoyed by the children, learning alongside their parents and carers at school. The session demonstrated the types of activities we use

Year 5 Get Spaced Out

On Tuesday 5th February, the children in Year 5 had their Planet Earth topic work brought to life with a visit from the Space Lab Planetarium. In the dome, Mr Barber did an ‘Earth and Beyond’ presentation to each Year 5 class where they learnt about the solar system, the sun, the planets and their movements to create day/night and

German Gingerbread

Around Christmastime, the Year 5 children researched about the culture and traditions of a German Christmas and made Google slides of their findings about food, Christmas trees, Christmas Eve, stockings and much more! As part of this, the children also made traditional gingerbread that they took home and enjoyed eating. They discussed the German ‘lebkuchen’ spiced biscuits and the different

Thor’s Day Thursday!

At the end of their History topic ‘Anglo Saxons and Vikings’ in Autumn term, Year 5 re-enacted their own version of Thor’s Day Thursday. This came from their novel in English ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell in which a group of young Viking boys had to undergo an initiation ceremony to become full members of the Viking

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

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

Santa Claus Came to Bluecoat

Today, each class had a very special visitor….Santa Claus and his elf. Santa was bringing presents for the class to enjoy as a reward for working so hard this year. The children’s faces were delightful and they were all pleased with their gifts.

With thanks to the FoTB for funding the presents and to Santa’s elves (the teachers!) for getting

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:

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Christmas Cheer at Bluecoat

‘Tis the season to be jolly…..and for lots of exciting Christmassy things!

Senior Citizen Christmas Lunch

On Wednesday 5th December, the senior citizens of Great Torrington took shelter from the pouring rain and joined us for their annual Christmas lunch. They were shown to the dining hall where the tables adorned with holly and crackers awaited them. The event, which started

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