The 'Extra' Curriculum
We recognise that learning is as broad as it is deep. Because of this, we offer a diverse 'extra curriculum' aimed at encouraging children to find their element i.e. what it is that they love and could excel in given opportunity. These experiences offer unique learning opportunities for the children that sit outside the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Blue Coat places high value on offering a wide range of after-school clubs. These range from: a School Newspaper to a dedicated Arts club; Fencing through to Judo; Cheerleading through to Gymnastics; Lego Robotics through to mature Debate. All of these contribute significantly to the children's academic, personal, social, emotional and spiritual development.
Our school has led Forest School practice for over 10 years. During each child's Reception year through to the end of Year 4, pupils take an active role in learning about the wonders of the outdoor environment through a child-initiated experience that takes place during the school day. Nature art, den-building, whittling, open fires, teamwork problem-solving only scratch the surface as to the fun that Forest School can offer young learners. In return, children develop leadership skills, appreciation for the natural world, gain spiritual experiences, harness their creativity - all of which underline the importance of learning in this unique way.