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

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.

World Book day on the playground

DSC00965It was great to celebrate World Book day and see all the fantastic characters and costumes on the playground today. The sun was shining and play spaces were all open so we had spellcasting on the field, reading in the gazebo, Gruffalos on the Play Beach, Jack Frost in the Mud Kitchen and Boys in Dresses playing football! The Play Team were replaced by a gang of dodgy Gangsta Grannies!

Well done everyone, especially Mrs Goodship for organising the day. Here are a few photos of the fun.


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.


2 years of Mud Kitchen Magic

IMG 30452 years ago a small team of volunteers transformed an unloved and under-used area of the playground into Blue Coat's very own Mud Kitchen.

The Mud Kitchen has become one of our most popular and most used play spaces. It has been open every school day since its launch in Feb 2015, increasing our overall space for play.

It is home to our 'large loose parts' - tyres, planks, logs, tree stumps and pallets are reimagined every play time to create pirate ships, obstacle courses, dens, seesaws, stepping stones, desert islands, cars, hedgehog homes and more. Scrap from our Scrap Shed is integrated into the daily constructions, adding special features, hammocks, shelter, seating and surprises!

And of course, there are the pots and pans and the endless mixing of potions and mud pies, with added cherry blossom, autumn leaves, pines cones and freshly grated chalk dust.

Happy birthday Mud Kitchen - here's to many more years of great play.


Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

Well done, everyone, on a slick and competitive KS2 Sports Day. Great to see so many parents in attendance!

05 Jul 19 at 8:39am