Family Field Day Aug 2018

P8090086It was great to see everyone who came along for a relaxed play in the sunshine on the school field. We had fun playing football, digging on the Play Beach, facepainting, pugel sticking (if that is a term!), biking and attempting to fly a kite! Plus lots of chatting and snacking, of course!

The Family Field Day is just one way that Blue Coat opens up its outdoor play spaces and facilities to the wider Wotton community. This year we have had another successful programme of under 5s Beach Babies events, welcomed the Baptist Church's Little Fishes group to the Play Beach, and held our first 'Playing Out' street-play event.

The next event is Tuesday 28th August, when we will be 'playing out' on the school driveway and car park from 10am - 1.30am. We hope you can make it.


Playing Out July 2018

IMG 7518100 pupils, family members and friends joined us for our Playing Out session, where the Blue Coat staff car park and driveway were closed to cars and open for play.

This event was inspired by the Playing Out street-play movement, which started in Bristol and has now gained momentum and reconition nationally. The idea is to (temporarily) reclaim residential roads for communities to come together and play and socialise safely. If you are interested in holding your own Playing Out event see their website: 

The car park and driveway were perfect for scooting, biking, skateboarding, rollerbooting and even hover boarding! The slope of the car park was great for water play and the large tarmac surface gave us a giant blank-canvas for chalking. The trees allowed us to put up our Dengineering Zone slackline and hang-up some musical pots and pans. The path by Mr Carlton's shed became an archery range and we had some fab messy play with water beads and face paints (big thank you to Mrs Palmer).

Thank you you to all who came - these events are only a success if you turn up! The morning had a great relaxed atmosphere - let's do it again soon!

Building Fun! - a Big Build report by Lizzie B

IMG 7260On Saturday 9th June, my family and I went to Blue Coat school. We were going there not just to see my Aunty, Uncle and cousins, but to build! There was a half built pirate ship called The ss Blue Banana. Me, Jenny, Becky and Jenny's friend Isla got to work on the floor board. We were all hammering and sawing, unfortunately the sawdust got in my eyes and it also smelt like cooked sausages.
After 1 hour of work the floor board looked almost professional. So on we went to decorating using lots of bright coloured neon ribbon. WOW! It looked amazing, just like a proper pirate ship. There were scramble nets, cannons, ladders and much more.
As I was sanding the steering wheel I smelt the lovely daisies blowing in the wind. When I was admiring the ship I could hear the loud hammers hammering against the warm wood. I couldn't believe this activity let me use all the things my parents say not to use! When I was building I actually thought water was coming into the boat. Bud sadly we only got 1 hour and 45 minutes each session, it was an absolutely sensational afternoon and it was incredible weather too. I loved the activity and want to do it again because it was that good.

Here's another report from the Gazette Big Build Gazette article

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A massive thank you to the small team of parent volunteers who gave up their sunny Sunday morning to come and help with some practical jobs supporting outdoor play.
By the end of the 2 hours we had installed a boat, built Mud Kitchen furniture from pallets, created some new cable reel jumping and balancing stations, painted the scrap and play sheds, plus a bit of delightful drain clearance! Parent Power!
A big thank you to Mr Lidbetter, Mr Gambrill, Ms Owen, Mr and Mrs Knight, Mr Young, Mr McLaughlan, Mr Johnson, Mr Murray and to Darcey, Roary, Joe, Charlie and Roo.

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Big Build

DKWhat a fantastic weekend for our first Big Build event!
Working in a new partnership with the master builders from Woodland Tribe and supported by a Tesco Bags of Help grant, 150 children and adults from the Blue Coat community came together to create a giant adventure play sculpture.

Armed with hammers, saws and nails (and the occasional impact driver) and with a healthy dollop of imagination, enthusiam, creativity and energy, the team worked together to reimagine and reshape a huge pile of loose scrap wood and co-create a unique play ark. It had several names throughout the process but I think we settled on the ss Great Blue Banana!

The ark had many features, including a gang plank, ship's wheel, several anchors, cannons, furniture and even a ship's dog! It was really inspiring to see it take shape and evolve as new ideas were added throughout the day.

The event had a wonderful atmosphere of relaxed creativity thanks to the experienced support of Woodland Tribe, the team of volunteers and, or course, all the participants who tried something new, helped each other out, and who shared tools and working space safely and respectfully. Many thanks to all who made it a success.

Find attached a slideshow of photos from throughout the event. Our next community play event will be 'Playing Out' on Sunday 1st July on the school drive and carpark.