What a busy and exciting start to term in Year 3. It has been a real pleasure to welcome all the Year 3’s into Prep, and especially all the new starters at BCS. In Year 3 we have also had the pleasure of welcoming Miss Anning and Mrs Gridley to BCS and we have all enjoyed getting to know each other this week.

One of the biggest highlights so far has been the time spent in our Year 3 house at the start and the end of the day. Many new friendships have been made and a fun time had by all. All of Year 3 would like to pass on their thanks to Mrs Walker for all the effort she has put in making the School hall into a welcoming place for us all to play and work.

We have also been busy in our new classrooms. In English we have read the book The Dark by Lemony Snickett, producing some wonderful creative writing on Thursday morning. In mathematics we have been looking at place value in numbers and how we can estimate using number lines. Finally, in Humanities we have started our Humanities topic of the Stone Age with the children generating some fantastic questions which they would like to find out more about. We are all looking forward to next week already.

Mr Wood

It has been fantastic to welcome the Year 4 children back to school this week and we have all been helping each other get to know and remember the new school routines. We have been settling into our base in St. Philip’s and St. George’s and enjoying spending time getting to know each other better.

Also, we have welcomed five new children to the year group – Daven, Jasmin, Matthias, Neth and Neve, along with two new members of staff – Mr. Brown and Miss Timmins, and everyone is doing their very best to make them feel welcome.  So many Blue Coat Values stickers have been handed out already this week, proving that we are doing a good job so far!

We have visited Chapel twice this week, once for Mrs. Drake’s service and once for our Year group Assembly on Wednesday. In the latter, we talked through the expectations for the year, celebrated holiday and upcoming birthdays and Mrs. James thanked this week’s Stars of the Week (the Year 4 team!) for all their help and support. Following on from Mrs. Drake’s idea of being extra kind, the new Year 4 motto is:

Be kind unless you can be fantastic. Then be fantastically kind!

Lunch in the Marquee has been exciting and the children have adapted well to their new restaurant!

In English, we have been focusing on Anthony Browne’s ‘Voices in the Park’ and thinking about the characters in detail,  and our Maths work has involved work on place value and negative numbers. Our Humanities topic, The Tudors, has begun and the children have been finding out about how the Tudor reign started.

We are looking forward to an exciting term!

Mrs James

What a fantastic, yet busy, start to the term it has been in Year 5. It has been wonderful to welcome all of Year 5 children back to school and it has also been lovely welcoming the new children too. We have also had the pleasure of welcoming Miss Fiellateau, who has settled in very well to life at Blue Coat.

One our biggest highlights this week has been our ‘Getting to know you’ week, where we have been finding out lots about each other (including the teachers!) and what we have been up to over the summer break.

In the classrooms, we have been getting straight back to work, with the children producing some wonderful creative writing around a mammoth and comprehending an extract taken from Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo. In Maths, the children have been looking at place value of numbers up to ten million, and have begun our focus on arithmetic and NVR too.

We have kicked off our Anglo Saxon topic in Humanities and the children have really enjoyed moving around the School to see their specialist teachers.

Well done for a great start Year 5! We can’t wait to see what you all achieve this year.

Mr Hulbert

It was such a pleasure on Monday morning to see the bright faces of the Year 6 pupils eagerly waiting at the entrance of the Hub to start off their first week of their very last year at Blue Coat School. With anticipation, they entered their new “home” and the children quickly adapted to their new surroundings (however unfamiliar it may be to see an air hockey table in the corner of your classroom).

As well as hard work and preparation, the children have also enjoyed getting to know their new Year 6 teachers and took part in a range of ‘Getting To Know You’ activities. Take a look at some of their work! On behalf of the Year 6 staff, we wish the children the best of luck for the forthcoming examinations and would thank them for their hard work and efforts this week.

Miss Stanford