Pupils planning for play

DSC01178We are lucky to have secured some grant money to spend on a 'dengineering' project to improve our school grounds and outdoor play opportunities.

Before any orders are placed we, of course, have been asking the experts - our pupils! Mrs Murray, Mr Knill and the Future Leaders spent an afternoon session discussing dens and looking at lots of different examples of design, including raised platforms, log dens, teepees, ribbon dens, willow arches, and trellis tents.
The Future Leaders are now leading a whole school voting process, allowing every pupil to have their say in what type of dens will be best for Blue Coat.

Mrs Murray will collate the votes and these will inform our final Dengineering Zone design. Watch this space for updates!

Beach Babies - summer term dates

BeachBabiesBeach Babies returns after the Easter holiday, bringing outdoor sand play sessions to children Under 5 and their parents and carers.

Join us at the Play Beach on Blue Coat's school field for some fun in the sun! Dress for the weather - the sessions will run in sunshine (sun hats, lotion) and in the rain (wellies, coats!)

Adult supervision is essential. Parents, grandparents and childminders are all welcome. You do not need to be connected with Blue Coat to attend. Buckets and spades are provided. School toilets are accessible for children.

Tuesday afternoon                                  Wednesday morning
2.45pm - 3.15pm                                      8.55am - 9.45am
2nd May                                                          26th April
16th May                                                         10th May
6th June                                                          24th May
20th June                                                        14th June
4th July                                                           28th June
18th July                                                         12th July

'Beach Babies' sessions are free-of-charge. No booking is required. Parental/adult supervision is essential. No smoking or e-cigarettes. No dogs on the school site.

The Play Beach was supported by Tesco Bags of Help, Big Lottery Awards for All and the Magnox Socioeconomic Fund.

Play Open Day

IMG 0342On Thursday 23rd March, Blue Coat welcomed over 40 teaching staff from schools across the south of the country to participate in a special Play Open Day. The event was hosted by Blue Coat and co-presented with our colleagues from OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning.

The aim of the day was to bring together schools that play, sharing experiences and best practice from schools that have taken part in the OPAL scheme, and those that are interested in starting their own play journey.

The morning included presentations from the Headteacher at Slimbridge Primary school, the Assistant Head at Kender Primary School in SE London, and our own Head Teacher Mr Ryan.

The afternoon saw Pecha Kucha ‘lighting talks’ from Mrs Murray, plus staff from Kender primary (London), Ridge Junior (Yate) and Oldfield Park (Bath).

The stars of the show, of course, were the pupils. All delegates took part in tours around Blue Coat’s play spaces at lunchtime, benefitting from a chance to see play in action. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with high praise for the children’s creativity, high activity levels and positive behaviours whilst at play.

Many thanks to the OPAL team, the catering team and Mr Carlton for helping the event run smoothly.
Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting play at Blue Coat.

Cotswold Wardens at Blue Coat

CW2We were lucky to welcome the Cotswold Wardens group to the playground this morning. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are the voluntary arm of the Cotswold Conservation Board. The Wardens work within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) carrying out a variety of activities, including scrub clearance, hedgelaying, coppicing and visits to schools.

The group set-about tackling our very overgrown planted bank along the edge of the Infant playground, and also some bramble clearance from the field hedgerows. They made short work of the enormous laurel bushes and set a brilliant example to our pupils of teamwork and 'service', which is the Christian Value we are exploring this term.

Thank you Cotswold Wardens! For more info www.cotswoldaonb.org.uk

Red Nose Day 2017

DSC01042The playground was awash with red today as the children donned red clothes and red noses to support Comic relief.

Well done to Mile Post 3 pupils and families for all the wonderful stalls, games and baking. The rest of the school enjoyed taking part in treasure hunts, 'name the teddy', nerf gun games, keepy-upy football challenge, 'drop the coin' and sampling a range of fabulous treats.

The grand total raised for Comic relief will be announced soon.

Update! The total raised was £664.46 (funds from red nose sales additional to this!) Well done everyone.