Autumn play terms 1 and 2, 2018

The first two terms of year 2018/19 have flown by and suddenly we are ready to break up for Christmas.

We've had a lovely start to the year, welcoming our new EYFS 'Buddies' in September, developing the play space behind 'The Mound', our 10 Year Forest School celebration, tree planting, bulb planting and taking advantage of all the natural loose parts that autumn brings.

Wheeled play on our playground tractors and trike has been popular with all ages and we now have some new seated scooters from Father Christmas to enjoy in the New Year.

Our welly sheds continue to serve us well and have allowed us to continue using the field and Play Beach as the wetter weather arrived.

Here are some photos from the last 2 terms showing the real range of how children play at Blue Coat, whatever the weather.

 We're looking forward to a playful new year. Join us on Friday 4th January 10am - 12pm for our next Playing Out event on the school driveway and car park.

Merry Christmas from Mrs Murray and the Blue Coat Play Team.

Celebrating 10 years of Forest School

IMG 0932On Friday 2nd November, all pupils and staff took part in a Forest School extravaganza to celebrate 10 years of Forest School delivery.

The special event was supported by a grant from The Ernest Cook Trust.

All classes joined together on the school field for a whole day of ‘learning outside the classroom’, Forest School and play. There were over 20 activities to take part in and the children got to choose what they took part in and when, giving them lots of freedom throughout the day. The event was held as part of the international ‘Outdoor Classroom day’ initiative, with over 3.5 million children taking part around the world.

Activities included a barefoot trail, wood whittling, playing conkers, willow weaving, clay craft, bug hunting, den building, pioneering, nature art, rhythm sticks, Hapa zome (Japanese art using leaves, petals and hammers!) and mud painting.

The children were supported by over 60 volunteers from the Blue Coat community, including the original members of Blue Coat’s Outdoor Club in 2008, now students at Katharine Lady Berkeley's secondary school.

The day concluded with a school assembly on the field around a campfire.

Mr Brooks, Forest School Leader said, “I love leading Forest School at Blue Coat. It is wonderful seeing the children working together, developing  their decision making, their independence and creativity – skills that fit perfectly with our school vision of being ‘Future Ready’  - all whilst gaining a love and respect for nature and the world around them.”

Many thanks to all who supported the event, by donating resources, preparing activities or volunteering on the day itself.
Here are some photos of the event:

Blue Coat Buddies at play

Blue Coat Buddies have been announced and the Buddies have spent their first few playtimes together, getting to know each other.

The Buddy system connects Reception and Year 6 children in pairs or threes in special friendships for the children's first and last years at Blue Coat, respectively.

Buddies support and learn from each other, through play at break and lunch times and through special events throughout the year. 

Here are some photos from the first few days together on the playground. If you can't spot your Year 6 or Reception child on here, then more photos of play time will be shared throughout the year (for children with permission) on this web page and on Blue Coat's Play Twitter account @Blue_Coat_Play.

Street Play events

DlsmekLXoAU10blWe are pleased to announce some new dates for 'street-play' events, inspired by the Playing Out movement (find out more here: Playing Out).

The Blue Coat car park and driveway will be closed to cars and open for play! These events are kindly supported by Gloucestershire County Council's Growing Our Communities Fund. The events are free and no booking is required.

Bring toys, games and kit that you want to play with. We have a long
tarmac drive, so you are welcome to bring bikes, scooters, ‘heelies’ and roller skates. Please bring your own helmets and pads.

Face paints, teddies, dressing up, street hockey, unicycles and circus toys all welcome – bring a rug/camping chair and some snacks.

Additional play equipment and pavement chalks will be available.

All are welcome – bring brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, grandparents and cousins. If you are friends with families in other local schools, then bring them along too.Dls1e8iXsAUW7Vh


10am - 12pm Friday 4th January
10am - 12pm Thursday 21st February
10am - 12pm Sunday 7th April
10am - 12pm Monday 27th May


Important info

Parents are responsible for supervising their children during the event.
Please play within the school driveway and car park, not on the public footpath.
No dogs on site please. No alcohol, smoking or vaping on site.
Toilets will be open at the entrance to the school hall.
No car parking available in site. Please use nearby parking (e.g. Chipping Car Park) or walk to the event if possible.
Please do not bring ride-on toys with real motors (e.g. mini motorbikes).

Beach Babies Under 5s autumn term 1 dates

IMG 20160705 150954073The Play Beach at Blue Coat school field is open for special outdoor sand play sessions for children under 5 and their parents / carers.

Adult supervision is essential. Local parents, grandparents and childminders are all welcome. Buckets and spades are provided. School toilets are accessible for children.

Please dress for the weather! The sessions will still run on wet days.

Tuesday mornings
8.55am - 9.45am

11th September
25th September
9th October

Play Beach ‘Beach Babies’ sessions are free of charge. No booking is required. Parental / adult supervision is essential.   Please help keep the school site clean and tidy. No smoking or e-cigarettes. No dogs on the school site.

Any enquiries, please contact Mrs Murray via the Blue Coat school office.

The Play Beach was supported by Tesco Bags of Help, Big Lottery Awards for All and the Magnox Socioeconomic fund.

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

#veryproud of our Year 6 2018 - they achieved some of the best SATs results in the county

17 Dec 18 at 11:15am