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."


Pupils for Play

FLsPupils for Play is an approach to ensure that the children get to raise their voice to inform play decisions, discuss playtime, share their opinions and generally 'have their say'. We will achieve this in a variety of ways and are trialling some of these over the year ahead. The children will act as the school's play journalists, and methods will include blogs, tweets, interviews, assemblies and photo stories. Keep your eyes on this blog, on our play twitter account @Blue_Coat_Play and around the school to see our results.

Thank you to play journalist Sophie Blaken from Class Cook (year 6) for providing our first article.

Pupils for Play - Sophie Blaken, Class Cook (year 6)

Blue Coat School has a wide range of playtime facilities. It is fun and everybody in the school definitely benefits from having a better play space.

I like to play in the Mud Kitchen where there are a lot of trees to build hammocks and dens on. My friend Hannah and I like to make dens for younger children. I like to take responsibility to care for younger pupils in our school.

Other people in my class, including myself, love the school field. Boys and girls like playing football together. My friends also like to play on the sandpit with their Reception Buddies, helping them to be imaginative and creative.

I look forward to play. It's one of the happiest parts of my day."



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

Vote for play!

tokenFantastic news! Blue Coat is through to the voting stage for two funded projects for outdoor play, and we're hoping for your support.

The Big Build - Tesco Bags of Help
In store token voting
1st November - 1st January
Wotton under Edge and Cam Tesco stores

This project will deliver community adventure play event/s with the amazing Woodland Tribe. These event are based on large scale constructions led by the children - think tonnes of wood, real tools and creativity.
The event/s will be open to young people across Wotton under Edge and surrounding villages.

Please remember to pick up tokens and vote!

Aviva Community Fund iconHealthy Hearts through Active Play - Aviva Community Fund
On-line voting - register for 10 votes
Voting open now until 21st November
Blue Coat Healthy Hearts vote here

This project supports active play and the fun side of fitness. We want to get bodies moving, hearts pumping and eyes shining! Elements include taster parkour sessions, scooter play with ramps, circus style kit and sporty kit - plus community events.

Please support Blue Coat with your votes!

Many thanks! Mrs Murray


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.

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

#veryproud of our Year 6 2018 - they achieved some of the best SATs results in the county

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