Wellies for All

DSCN1785Wellies for All is a Blue Coat school initiative with the aim that all Blue Coat pupils will have access to a pair of wellies in school for use at playtimes and other outdoor learning experiences.

Why Are We Making this Change?
A key aspect of improving Blue Coat’s outdoor experience is to make the very best use of our spacious grounds. However, access to some areas can be heavily restricted during the winter months due to wetness and mud. Currently, this means children only have access to smaller hard-surface play areas, leading to issues of crowding, limited play options and therefore less valuable, enjoyable play.
Opening up access to as much of the site as possible for as much of the year as possible allows the children to get the full benefits of our child-led outdoor play approach, i.e. increased physical activity; improved mental health; and active practice and development of key social skills.

How Will It Work?
Blue Coat is investing in bespoke Welly Sheds that will house all school wellies outside. The sheds will be weatherproof and lockable. Children will access the wellies themselves (with support) after they have eaten lunch (or before special sessions, including Forest School) so that they can use them to access the wider school site.

What Benefits Should The Welly Shed Bring To Your Child And The School?
- Continued use of as much of the outdoor site as possible year round, including areas that may be wet and/or muddy e.g. the field, the Mud Kitchen, and some new marked areas for development
- School shoes will be kept dry and clean (as should trousers/tights!)
- Mud should be kept out of the school’s indoor environment
- Storage outside will avoid cluttering of cloakroom areas inside

How can You Support this Initiative?
Please provide your child with a pair of name-labelled wellies. These will stay in school and return home at the end of each term. Wellies should be brought into school on Thursday 7th January.

Our aim is for all Blue Coat pupils to have a pair of wellies to use during lunchtime. We hope every pupil can take part in this scheme. If you choose not to take part, then some areas of the school site mentioned will not be accessible to your child due to inappropriate footwear.


 

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