Celebrating 3 years of Outdoor Play and Learning

DSCN2602It'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.
Click here for newsletter: Play Matters Oct 2017

Beach Babies dates - autumn term 2017

BeachBabiesThe 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 afternoons             Wednesday mornings

2.45 - 3.15pm                             8.55 - 9.45am

12th Sept                                        20th Sept

26th Sept                                          4th Oct

10th Oct                                           18th Oct

31st Oct                                             8th Nov

14th Nov                                           22nd Nov

28th Nov                                             6th Dec

12th Dec                                                  --

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.

Family Field Day #1

jbrisThe first Family Field Day was a great success. Despite a morning of torrential rain, the clouds finally parted and we were blessed with a warm and breezy aftenoon.

Over 60 people attended and all areas of the field were busy. The Dengineering Zone was full of song and laughter as the new Hex Den became a perfomance stage for a holiday song and dance routine entitled 'We are the Maggots!' Lots of people tested their balance on the new slackline, which is definitely harder than it looks. It was great to see Play Team members Mrs Forman and Miss Watkins testing out their new work environment, although I think they might both need a bit more practice!

The Play Beach got a good digging over and the goal posts were up for a game of footy. Throw in some mud pies, kites and bubbles and that gives you a good picture of the afternoon.

Many thanks to all who came and brought the school field to life, and to the PTA for their 'honesty box' refreshments.

Next Family Field Day is Thursday 24th August - all are welcome.

Family Field Day #2

roarThe sun shone and over 100 people came for a picnic and a play at our second Family Field Day.

The Play Beach, Dengineering Zone and football pitches were all in action again. We added a facepainting station and let the children take charge, resulting in some creative and colourful arms and faces (and a few early Halloween special effects!)

Thanks to all who made it a great event! Thank you PTA for the refreshments. Here are some photos of the event: 

Dengineering Zone launches

DSC01818Blue Coat's brand new play space, the Dengineering Zone, launched this week. Funded by external grants from Tesco Bags Of Help and Gloucestershire County Council's Active Families fund, the Zone comprises a large, raised platform 'hex den', 3 large frame structures, a ribbon den, hammocks and a slackline, plus tons of wood and ripstop for building.

All pupils had a chance to vote on the types of den we were hoping to include. We worked again with Green Play Project after their successful installation of the Play Beach last summer.

The Dengineering Zone not only offer opportunities for active, construction play and gross motor skills, but also allows the crucial development of social skills, such as teamwork, cooperation, problem solving and negotiation. This all builds towards our school vision of 'Future Ready' pupils.

We have had a great time testing out our new play space. Thank you to Councillor Cordwell for opening the Deningeering Zone. To see the Gazette article click here: http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/15420659.Pupils_at_a_Wotton_primary_school_overjoyed_as_new__dengineering__play_equipment_unveiled/?ref=fbshr

For photos from the launch, see here:

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

Think of our Year 6 boys tonight as they challenge for the Riddiford Shield at KLB!

10 Feb 20 at 10:29am