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20 Oct 2017 09:46am

P9260865Earlier in the term, such is Blue Coat tradition, we formally welcomed new Reception pupils (and parents) into the school family by means of a service at St Mary's church.

Always promised to be a special occasion, the event also served to cement the  special bond between Reception children and their Year 6 buddy/buddies. To symbolise this the Year 6's all presented their buddy with a bespoke painted pebble that they had prepared for them. This was ceremoniously placed around the school's Holy Candle to remind us of our responsibilities to live out our core Christian values for the sake of all, but especially to the benefit of the youngest members of our school family.

20 Oct 2017 08:59am

2017 10 20 10.00.20 amWe were, once again, encouraged by the support for what is now our annual Maths meeting for parents. 'Masters of Maths' sets out to uncover the thinking behind the new maths curriculum, its implications for our learners, what the school is doing about it, and how parents can support.

Mathematics is a rapidly evolving subject at Blue Coat and we have taken several very significant steps already this year in training our teaching staff to meet the challenges of nurturing future ready mathematical thinkers in our classes. 

13 Oct 2017 09:43am
free play clipart 2It's been just over three years since we launched ourselves in to our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) journey, and what an exciting and eventful three years it has been! Our practice and our spaces have undergone change with play in mind, with ambitious plans and decision-making driven by the Blue Coat pupils.
Strongly supporting our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Creativity and Happiness we are proud to be an OPAL Platinum school!
With 50 tonnes of sand, truck loads of scrap, a generous dollop of mud and a sprinkling of grants and awards, we have found a recipe for increasing choice, activity levels, creative opportunities and happiness for our pupils at play.
The newsletter below summarises some of our projects and ideas, and also highlights some of the exciting plans we have coming up.
03 Oct 2017 09:56am

secretlondon wizard s hat clip art 22678Following on from the success of this very well attended event last academic year, we have decided to hold another Maths Meeting for Parents. In addition to covering a fraction of the content from last time, we hope to multiply the value of the meeting by dedicating a good measure to how parents can support at home.

The school is adopting a new approach to Maths home learning, having decided that Mathletics is perhaps not the best equation for future-proofing our pupils. We would like to support parents by advising them on what they can do to help ensure that their child understands and enjoys Maths, growing exponentially in confidence as they do so.

20 Jul 2017 11:39am

tent2Blue Coat's commitment to play remains relentless. Thanks to Tesco Bags scheme funding, our pupils were able to have input into designing their very own 'Dengineering Zone' on our school field. The den building village is intended to allow children to develop their creativity whilst offering the physical, cognitive and social challenges of constructing their own shared structures with friends.

The children were insistent about the inclusion of a platform allowing them to play at height and a series of physical challenges for them to overcome -  such as a slackline to test their balance!

13 Jul 2017 01:37pm

check mark1The school, like any decent learner, is always looking to improve . We recognise the role that feedback plays in learning to do better. So, at this year's summer consultations, parents were asked to submit their views on paper replicas of the online Ofsted Parent View survey. The web version has fewer submissions and paints a very different picture to that of nearly 200 paper submissions we collected in school.

With questions ranging from pupil happiness through to leadership and management, the survey tries to capture the main themes that parents are expected to have a view on. 

19 May 2017 12:08pm

160428 OCD LOGO SM PROFILE PICTURE.png.270x270 q95 crop 50 50 upscaleYesterday was a very special occasion for the million or so people who took part in 'Outdoor Classroom Day'. The idea was coined to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.

Why would we support such a cause? Outdoor learning has been shown to improve children’s health, engagement with learning, and leads to a greater connection with nature. We firmly believe that the element of play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

18 May 2017 02:51pm

toast free clipart 1.jpgRecently, Year 6's took part in a breakfast club aimed at socialising and settling nerves ahead of their pinnacle assessments (SATs). The club, but particularly the prospect of hot toast(!), was so popular with our eldest pupils that it got our team thinking...

26 Apr 2017 08:24am

test clip art ncB88RjcAAs we approach May, primary school calendars nationally highlight the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) for pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 classes.

The tests have had several revisions over recent years, some of which were covered in our Maths meeting for parents. The Government has produced some information for parents in both a handout and video format. These can be accessed below:

06 Apr 2017 02:52pm

2017 04 06 03.53.59 pmService is a value central to all Christians' hearts and we've been pondering why that is through collective worship and Religious Education lessons this term. Today was a celebration of this value through a focus on the festival of Easter in Key Stage 1. 

Thanks to Reverend Axford, Reverend Langley and Mrs Blaken, the children were lucky enough to benefit from the company and experience of a vast team of adults in school. Members of the church, Open the Book team and parent volunteers spent time in classes to help the children through a series of carousel activities that saw them make crowns, crosses, stained glass windows, and Easter baskets.