Outdoor Classroom Day 2018

P5170048The whole school took part in Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 17th May.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2017, over 2 million children in over 100 countries took part. 

Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 

Lots of lessons were held outside throughout the day, including reading, phonics, literacy, PSHE, maths, Forest School and of course, a large helping of Blue Coat's outdoor play. All of our outdoor spaces were in use throughout the day - I even found children editing their writing at the top of the helter skelter slide!

We finished the day together as a whole school up on the field for a special outdooor worship, singing and storytelling together. Many thanks to the Open the Book team for preparing an outdoor story especially for the day.

Well done everyone - what a great day! A selection of photos can be found below:

Wildflower and Play morning

Thank you to all who joined us on the field this weekend for some relaxing family fun in the sun.

We planted a wildlfower labyrinth (seeds donated by Grow Wild and SeedBalls), the Play Beach and Dengineering Zone were open, plus slackline, bubbles, clay craft and #WottonRocks!

Hot chocolate and biscuits were donated by Tesco Superstore Cam.

Here are some photos of the event. The next community play event will be the Big Build on Saturday 9th June with Woodland Tribe.

Creating places for play

P3150086New willow dens have been planted on the school field. The willow was cut from within the school grounds so was free natural resource for us to work with.
A big thank you to Outdoor Club members and Mr Brooks for their hard work in creating interesting places for all Blue Coat pupils to relax and play in.


Daffodil Labyrinth

The daffodil labyrinth was planted last term by children in Outdoor Club and Ignite Club, plus helpers from Open the Book, Reverend Morag, and special guest Jane Grey Wallis (see Here for previous article and photos).

Slowly the shoots began to appear and the shape of the labyrinth was revealed. Labyrinths are special spaces with designs that encourage people to take a 'thinking walk' allowing moments of peace and calm in nature with time for reflection.

Here is the labyrinth in action. We are planning to now use the same shape for our wildflower seeds on another part of the school field.


We are creative!

DSC02360Last term's core school value was CREATIVITY!

In a Play Assembly we discussed why creativity is important in the playground and thought about how creative play made us feel.

The Blue Coat Play Journalists ventured out across our play spaces to capture evidence of creativity in play. Here is a slideshow of some of the photos taken.