Taking Learning to the great outdoors

DSC01571Yesterday 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.

To support the cause, we encouraged all classes to spill out and take to our wonderful outdoor environment, taking advantage of all playground spaces, the field, reflection garden, mud kitchen, play beach and the Forest School zone.

Blue Coat pupils took part in:
  • outdoor painting
  • making minibeast-inspired music
  • outdoor literacy inspired by the Hungry Caterpillar, and practising 'command' verbs
  • PE on the Top Court and the field
  • PSHE on the Junior playground
  • Outdoor play (of course!)
  • Whole school worship with the Open The Book team!
  • Forest school
Pupils and staff alike seemed to relish the opportunity for a change of scene, and ending the day with whole school worship on the field was very special - certainly one to repeat in the near future.
Enjoy some of the highlights below:


Super Heroes - online art galleries

DSC01328Blue Coat's annual May Fayre will be held this year on Saturday 13th May, run by Blue Coat's brilliant PTA. The theme this year is Super Heroes!

Our creative pupils have been hard at work, designing the cover for the May Fayre brochure. Nearly 50 entries were submitted this year, making it the most difficult judging process to date. The front cover winner will be announced in worship soon, but the PTA felt that all of the entries deserved to be seen and admired. Therefore, we have created some online art-galleries to show off the fabulous designs. Which one is your favourite?

See you all on 13th May. Don't forget your capes!


Beach Babies - summer term dates

BeachBabiesBeach Babies returns after the Easter holiday, bringing outdoor sand play sessions to children Under 5 and their parents and carers.

Join us at the Play Beach on Blue Coat's school field for some fun in the sun! Dress for the weather - the sessions will run in sunshine (sun hats, lotion) and in the rain (wellies, coats!)

Adult supervision is essential. Parents, grandparents and childminders are all welcome. You do not need to be connected with Blue Coat to attend. Buckets and spades are provided. School toilets are accessible for children.

Tuesday afternoon                                  Wednesday morning
2.45pm - 3.15pm                                      8.55am - 9.45am
2nd May                                                          26th April
16th May                                                         10th May
6th June                                                          24th May
20th June                                                        14th June
4th July                                                           28th June
18th July                                                         12th July

'Beach Babies' sessions are free-of-charge. No booking is required. Parental/adult supervision is essential. No smoking or e-cigarettes. No dogs on the school site.

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

Pupils planning for play

DSC01178We are lucky to have secured some grant money to spend on a 'dengineering' project to improve our school grounds and outdoor play opportunities.

Before any orders are placed we, of course, have been asking the experts - our pupils! Mrs Murray, Mr Knill and the Future Leaders spent an afternoon session discussing dens and looking at lots of different examples of design, including raised platforms, log dens, teepees, ribbon dens, willow arches, and trellis tents.
The Future Leaders are now leading a whole school voting process, allowing every pupil to have their say in what type of dens will be best for Blue Coat.

Mrs Murray will collate the votes and these will inform our final Dengineering Zone design. Watch this space for updates!

Cotswold Wardens at Blue Coat

CW2We were lucky to welcome the Cotswold Wardens group to the playground this morning. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are the voluntary arm of the Cotswold Conservation Board. The Wardens work within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) carrying out a variety of activities, including scrub clearance, hedgelaying, coppicing and visits to schools.

The group set-about tackling our very overgrown planted bank along the edge of the Infant playground, and also some bramble clearance from the field hedgerows. They made short work of the enormous laurel bushes and set a brilliant example to our pupils of teamwork and 'service', which is the Christian Value we are exploring this term.

Thank you Cotswold Wardens! For more info www.cotswoldaonb.org.uk

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