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Fernworthy Class

All pupils at St Mary’s benefit from using a diverse outdoor learning environment, to support their learning. The school is fortunate to have a large field, woodland habitat walk and woodland area to use for a number of outdoor education activities throughout the year. Key Stage Two also have the opportunity to achieve the John Muir Award each year.

Devon Wildlife Trust - Hedgehog Awareness Week

Maya, from the Devon Wildlife Trust, came into school to talk to Fernworthy Class about taking care of hedgehogs as part of the work on Producers, Predators and Prey.  Pupils had already found out a little about how to care for hedgehogs during ‘Hedgehog Awareness Week.’  Maya suggested ways of encouraging hedgehogs in the school’s outdoor spaces.


Learning afternoons

Fernworthy, Burrator and Venford Classes have all prepared learning afternoons. The children shared their learning through teaching others about what they have recently learnt. Fernworthy ran a Roman afternoon, where they demonstrated a Roman battle march and even had also had special Roman food to try! Venford had a special afternoon about their ‘It’s F..f..freezing’ topic and pupils worked together as ‘teams’ of experts.  In Burrator, pupils talked to parents and carers from across the school about maths, explaining how it is taught and what children are expected to know in different year groups. There was also the chance for the adults to try out some SATs questions!

Invaders and Settlers

Fernworthy Class have been learning all about Invaders and Settlers.  As part of this history topic, pupils replicated Anglo-Saxon weaving techniques.  The class also attended an Anglo Saxon workshop at Buckfast Abbey’s Education Department, which involved studying a range of artefacts.  Pupils celebrated their learning at the end of the topic by baking Anglo-Saxon bread in our woodland oven.

Fernworthy's Roman Day

Fernworthy Class have been learning all about the Romans and Celts. This is part of a report about Boudicca’s Battle, which was written by Madeleine:

‘The beautiful Boudicca was defeated by us, the Romans, as we moved forward, raging forwards as the Celts ran away in fear for their lives on the battlefield. The Romans crushed the Celts in battle, blood spurting everywhere like an explosion. As the Celts moved forward they got crushed to pieces as the Roman formation was too much for them, so they ran like a wild herd of sheep. One the Romans that survived the battle said, ‘Although Boudicca’s Iceni had many more people, they didn’t have a formation like us. We used the ‘wedge formation’ during the battle and by using this tactic we crushed the Celts!’ The Romans were overjoyed to have won the battle and all their practising of formations and armour paid off, or maybe the Celts just weren’t organised enough on the day.’

Egyptians topic

Fernworthy Class have been learning all about The Egyptians as part of their topic work.  They celebrated the end of their topic with a special dance they had been learning.

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