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09 Mar 2012 09:08am

A huge 'thank you' to all parents who took the time to fill out parent questionnaires over the past 2 evenings at consultation meetings. As shown by the photo below, we had a very good response rate! I will collate results and then publish percentages in each category so that you, our parents, can see where popular opinion lies. Already, just from skimming the forms, the feedback has shown that there are some strong themes for us to focus on over the coming days, weeks and months. Watch this space...

01 Mar 2012 08:03pm

Blue Coat will be holding its first Science and Engineering Week on 12th March. Letters home previously have revealed a very hands-on week packed full of fun whilst affording children the opportunity to create something that they can make and take home. Our team of experts have been working round the clock to make the week special and evoke a sense of 'awe and wonder' in our pupils when it comes to Science & Engineering.

01 Mar 2012 09:33am

On World Book Day it only seems relevant to show you how one of the most important areas of the school has seen a remarkable restoration. The school library has been a tired part of the school for some time, squeezed in next to the ICT suite. Staff felt strongly that the area did not inspire children to want to spend time in there to read, research and explore some of the fantastic books on offer. Something had to be done by someone...

29 Feb 2012 07:22pm

What could this mean?

Another Blue Coat first - all will be revealed... SOON!

25 Feb 2012 07:49am

At spring parent consultations last year, many parents were kind enough to fill in an annual questionnaire giving us some  very valuable feedback on various aspects of the school from their perspectives. From bullying to pupil wellbeing; sports provision to website - the questionnaire covered most aspects of school life. We published the results of the questionnaire for parents and have spent the past 12 months focusing on the areas where parents believe we could do better.

23 Feb 2012 06:14pm

Today, the Year 5's took part in the KNEX challenge. The children looked at what engineers do and the nature of the construction kits to be used before embarking upon their half-day task. Using construction kits in teams of two, the children had to rise to the challenge of building a form of transport which would be used during the Olympic Games whilst meeting the following criteria:

22 Feb 2012 07:00pm

Yesterday, Shrove Tuesday, the much-anticipated 2012 Blue Coat Pancake Race was held in front of a rapturous crowd of pupils, parents and staff. This hotly contested event is held in high esteem owing to the impressive rewards on offer to the most co-operative, athletically gifted and strategic 2-man team: a pancake mix and the coveted Blue Coat Pancake Prize Trophy. Tensions were high...

18 Feb 2012 07:42am

When designing the website we were keen to bring parents, families and visitors  further 'into' the school from the comfort of their own homes. It quickly became apparent that although Paperhorse were up to the task of designing something bespoke (and undoubtedly impressive), our budget dictated otherwise!

In the meantime, I have been looking for alternative solutions and managed to stumble upon 'Photosynth' as an iPhone app a few months ago. It takes a series of photos as the user pans the landscape and then cleverly stitches the photos together to show a continuous panoramic shot with very few seams. The implications for this seemed apparent: let's show our parents and visitors where the children learn every day. The class assemblies have offered a real-life opportunity for parents to spend time in class but we can always do more, right?

11 Feb 2012 08:33am


Our Milepost 3 classes have all been exploring the field of Animation as part of their IPC topic: Myths and Legends. As well as yielding some of their best writing to date, the topic has lent itself to the children being more creative with ICT. They've all made their own characters, designed storyboards, and independently in small groups brought their stories to life through the use of technology ('I Can Animate' software).

10 Feb 2012 06:57pm

Yes, Blue Coat's Cream Tea event after school today left the staff feeling 'cream crackered': it was that busy! Hordes of parents, grandparents, pupils (current and previous!) and staff convened in the school hall, filling it to bursting point. The event was planned to offer an alternative to the Big Breakfast, affording the school community an opportunity to socialise over refreshments whilst perusing some of the outcomes of the learning that the children have taken part in this term.

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from Mr Ryan

Outdoor Classroom Day was great fun! Check out the pictures on the Play blog ('Ourselves & Others' menu)

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