Say cheese! Christmas photo frame

DRF2PRqX4AAbKpuLots of silly fun on the last playtime of 2017. Have a great Christmas break and we're looking forward to a playful new year.

Christmas wishes from the
Blue Coat Play Team
 

 


Playground Christmas Trees

Tinsel fever struck the playground today in a blur of creative Christmas craftiness. Donated Christmas trees, baubles and tinsel were all on hand, along with wood coins, pine cones, pens, string and glue for DIY decorations.

Play Journalists captured the fun! See photos here.


Play Journalists: Active Play

Today Pupil Play Journalists took to the playground armed with digital cameras. Their mission was to capture evidence of 'active play' across all our outdoor spaces,  taking photos to tell a photo-story of life at Blue Coat during break and lunch time.

There was a lot of enthusiasm for this task and boys and girls from year 1 to year 6 children got involved. We will tackle other themes and activities throughout the year so more pupils can take part.

Outdoor play is recognised for increasing activity in young people, with benefits to both mental and physical wellbeing. Blue Coat endeavours to offer lots of choice at break times, to create diverse opportunities for play.

The photos are excellent and show evidence of running, jumping, swinging, kicking, dancing, pulling, pushing, balancing, climbing, hanging, lifting, digging, stirring and teamwork. Perhaps more importantly, they show the children engaged in play of their choice, with friends, and following their own instincts, ideas and interests.

Please take a look at our slideshows and add a comment for our Play Journalists if you like!


 

Play time by Hannah Beattie, Class Cook

DSC01887"I love play times at Blue Coat. With a wide range of things to do, all pupils can have a great time outside of the classroom as well as inside.

I enjoy playing with the younger children, especially my Reception Buddy Lily. At Blue Coat we recycle scrap and make it into play, from pots and pans to old phones and computers. This can let a pupil's imagination run wild!

Football is a very popular choice of play at Blue Coat. Quite recently we have been lucky enough to get four football goals which has increased the popularity of this sport. At Blue Coat we have a massive sand pit that we like to call the Play Beach. The Play Beach holds over 50 tonnes of sand for all children to enjoy.

We have a part of the field that we make dens on. We call this area the Dengineering Zone. It's where we can play toegther as a team to create an amazing den for everyone to share and enjoy.

I am very grateful that I am a pupil of this school and really enjoy the play we have!"


Play by Flo Turner, Class Cook

DSC02020"Everyone gets excited for play, that is why we have lots of facilities including: scrap, junior playground, infant playground, top playground, field, adventure playground, infant adventure playground, Mud Kitchen, the Dengineering zone and the Play Beach.

A new piece of scrap has made its way to the playground, this piece if scrap is a mesh tube, lots of children wear it as a sort of armour. At school we have a rule called Scrap on Scrap, which means that children cannot hit each other with scrap but hit scrap.

At lunch times we also have an ICT suite and a library for children to go on the computers or read books. There are two sites you can go on: Active Learn and Scratch. Scratch is a programming site where children can curate their own games. Active Learn is a grammar learning site.

The Adventure Playground is like a normal play park. It has a slide, bars, climbing poles, tyre swings, a spider web frame and an assault course. The Infant Adventure Playground is the same but smaller. You can only come in here at break times.

On the field we have a Dengineering Zone where we have a variety of dens, and if you want you can build your own. In the summer the Play Team put out a slack line and hammocks. Lots of children like to play football on the school field since the school have bought goals for them. This is an inspiration for the children to take up new sports. Also on the field there is a Play Beach where children can pretend they are at the beach in school!

On rainy days we have a thing called 'wet play' where all the children stay inside their classrooms and play games that the school provide especially for them.

The children on Blue Coat praise Mrs Murray for her dedication to make play times a fun learning experience for all."


 

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

We observed Remembrance in school worship yesterday, following on from Class Taibei's brilliant, thought provoking worship last Friday.

Tuesday at 9:22am