Family Field Day #1

jbrisThe first Family Field Day was a great success. Despite a morning of torrential rain, the clouds finally parted and we were blessed with a warm and breezy aftenoon.

Over 60 people attended and all areas of the field were busy. The Dengineering Zone was full of song and laughter as the new Hex Den became a perfomance stage for a holiday song and dance routine entitled 'We are the Maggots!' Lots of people tested their balance on the new slackline, which is definitely harder than it looks. It was great to see Play Team members Mrs Forman and Miss Watkins testing out their new work environment, although I think they might both need a bit more practice!

The Play Beach got a good digging over and the goal posts were up for a game of footy. Throw in some mud pies, kites and bubbles and that gives you a good picture of the afternoon.

Many thanks to all who came and brought the school field to life, and to the PTA for their 'honesty box' refreshments.

Next Family Field Day is Thursday 24th August - all are welcome.

Dengineering Zone launches

DSC01818Blue Coat's brand new play space, the Dengineering Zone, launched this week. Funded by external grants from Tesco Bags Of Help and Gloucestershire County Council's Active Families fund, the Zone comprises a large, raised platform 'hex den', 3 large frame structures, a ribbon den, hammocks and a slackline, plus tons of wood and ripstop for building.

All pupils had a chance to vote on the types of den we were hoping to include. We worked again with Green Play Project after their successful installation of the Play Beach last summer.

The Dengineering Zone not only offer opportunities for active, construction play and gross motor skills, but also allows the crucial development of social skills, such as teamwork, cooperation, problem solving and negotiation. This all builds towards our school vision of 'Future Ready' pupils.

We have had a great time testing out our new play space. Thank you to Councillor Cordwell for opening the Deningeering Zone. To see the Gazette article click here:

For photos from the launch, see here:

Play Team vacancy

PLay Team award march2016Are you a playful person?

We are looking for a friendly person who is passionate about working with and supporting young people to join Blue Coat’s Play Team.

Key tasks include working within a high quality outdoor environment to offer active, social and creative play opportunities for all Blue Coat children at lunch time, plus working with our catering team to ensure that everyone gets their lunch on time.

A successful applicant will join the team delivering award-winning outdoor play at our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Platinum level school. You must enjoy working as part of a team, enjoy being out and about in all weathers and value the difference that good quality play can make in a child’s life.

Working Hours: 1.75 hours per day, 11.45 am to 1.30 pm, 5.25 hours per week
Term Time only (38 Weeks per year excluding Inset Days) plus holiday entitlement. Not working school holidays or INSET days.

Please see school office for full details and to collect an application form, or call 01453 525020

We are looking to fill 3 lunchtime shifts per week, including Thursday, Friday and one other day

Closing Date:   12 noon Friday 23rd June
Interviews:  w/c 26th June

Play Team Advert

Play Team Job Description

Application Form

Blue Coat CE VA Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Ship shape!

DSC01743We have had a wonderful donation from a Blue Coat family - a rowing boat! This will be a great addition to our play spaces and will probably take up residence near the Play Beach.

It needs a bit of cleaning and TLC to get it ship-shape and ready for play. Step up the Blue Coat cleaning squad! Pupil power helped clean the bottom and sides of the boat today - we'll tackle the insides later this week. The run-off water created lots of additional opportunities for dam building, toe-dipping, toy boating and hand printing. What a fun morning.

Thank you all for your scrubbing energy! And many thanks to the Hale family for the kind donation. We have another larger boat on the way soon and may be asking for some parent help to move it into place on the field.


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:

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.

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