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 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."


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!


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."