Scrap Shed is coming!

DSCN1119A brand new play facility in planned for the playground in this summer term. The Scrap Shed is a storage shed specifically for housing 'large loose parts' for play. The contents will be accessible to all Blue Coat pupils during lunchtimes, and will offer opportunities for open-ended, creative and imaginative play.

For more information on this type of play, please see 

N.B. Blue Coat is making its own Scrap Shed, but the principles are based on the Children's Scrapstore's Play Pods model.

We need your help! We are collecting donations of recycled, scrap materials to fill our Scrap Shed. Pots and pans, suitcases, guttering, tarpaulins, plastics tubs, trugs, shower curtains and bread trays are all suitable. A note should have reached you via Parent Mail by now. The collections bins will be located by the School Office from Monday 1st - Weds 10th June.
For more updates, watch this space!

National Children's Day 2015

DSCN5982This Sunday 17th May is National Children's Day. The theme this year is 'The Science and Magic of Play'. The focus on the importance of play mirrors Blue Coat's own plans and priorities, so we are joining in the celebrations.

Firsly, children in Class Hannu took part in a special project combining the science of growing with the creation of a new outdoor den space. Runner beans, climbing French beans and edible flowers called nasturtiums have all been planted and grown with care by the children. The young plants have now all been planted outside on a teepee frame, ready to scramble up the poles to create a leafy den.

Secondly, we will be celebrating play in the field this weekend as part of the annual Blue Coat May Fayre. The fayre is organised by the PTA and runs from 11.30am - 2.30pm on Saturday 16th May. An area of the field will be dedicated to play. You can create your own giant marble run from scrap, get hula hooping with your friends, or create your own Hawaiian skirt from recycled materials. 

For more information on NCDUK 2015 and play, see 

Update: Take a look at Blue Coat's May Fayre 2015!

Meadow morning

DSCN0115Over 60 Blue Coat children, families and friends joined with Mr Brooks and Mrs Murray this weekend for the Meadow Morning. The big idea was to create some large wildflower beds on the Top Field, whilst at the same time having a fun Forest School morning and enjoying some family-time outdoors.

A great time was had by all! Activities included sowing wildflower seeds, making and scattering seed bombs, hand-drilling your own wooden pendant, fabulous den building, willow brooms and clay creatures.

All our wildflower seeds were donated - so a big thank you to Grow Wild, Boston Seeds and Thompson & Morgan. Special thanks also to Mr Carlton, Mrs Yeoman, Mrs Bryce, Mrs Buckley and Mr Murray for helping to set up and deliver the event. Read more in the school's Latest News.

Outdoor play in spring

DSCN0575The children and the Play Team have been enjoying the recent spring sunshine, with the drier conditions helping us make the most of one of our greatest play assets - the field! The field is open as much as possible at lunchtime, giving lots of space for football, piggybacks, cartwheels and even the odd human pyramid - all activities that are possible when on the soft grass rather than hard tarmac. New footballs have been purchased for playtime, and the new additions of tree stumps, pallet stage and logs are all in regular use.

Elsewhere on site, the Mud Kitchen continues to be very popular, and the children have really made this space their own, setting and resetting the environment to their liking each day. The staff are amazed on daily basis as to just how many different ways you can play with a tyre!

Making change for play

DSCN1842Spring has arrived and the beautiful cherry blossom greeted us all on our return after the Easter break. Always the first to make the most of new opportunities, the children have incorporated catkins, daisies, cherry blossom and dandelion flowers into their play. The Reception children have enjoyed their first lunchtime up on the school field. Now the warmer, drier weather has arrived we'll be using this great space as often as possible.

A change in the season gives us a chance to look back over the 6 months and the changes we have made across our site, all with the plan of making Blue Coat a better place for play. Some changes have been obvious, such as the creation of our Mud Kitchen. Others have been more slow or subtle. A new mowing regime on the field should give us long grass meadow path this summer. Trees planted at the Family Forest School day are bursting into life. Willow cuttings planted on a cold winter's morning are changing the flow of play in the Infant Adventure Playground.

The slideshow below brings together some of the elements of transformation. The plan for play continues - we are now looking at developing the grassy mound behind the Top Court, fundraising for an orchard and giant sandpit, and all are welcome to the wildflower meadow planting morning on Sat 25 April .


Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

'Thank you' to all those who attended and made the Open Morning today possible!

07 Nov 17 at 11:55am