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.
Year 5 have been working with Claudia, Anna and Alison from the Abbey Education Centre to design and re-build our mud kitchen in the Woodland Area. This has taken a lot of hard work, but the area looks fantastic now and has been enjoyed by all of the classes. The area had an official opening,… Read more »
Meldon Class have grown lots of vegetables in their new vegetable garden. So far this year they have harvested broad beans, potatoes and purple sprouting.
Pupils in Venford designed and created their own scarecrow from recycled materials and entered this in the Devon County Show.
Following Venford’s work on recycling and protecting marine habitats, a beach clean was organised in the holidays at Dawlish Warren.
St Mary’s is taking part in the South Devon Wildlife Champions scheme, which is organised by Devon Wildlife Trust. Maya from the Trust came into school to launch the project with a special assembly. The Wildlife Champions project encourages pupils to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through outdoor learning. St Mary’s will… Read more »
Pupils from St Mary’s took part in a pilot for the new International Tree Foundation resources, called ‘Tree Power 2: Healthy Food, People and Planet’ which involved learning about sustainable, forest friendly and healthy food production and consumption. The project took an investigative approach to discussing questions such as: Are there any ways in which… Read more »
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… Read more »
The School Councillors helped the gardeners to plant some new trees that were donated by the Woodland Trust.
A number of pupils were presented with prizes, following the submission of artwork for their latest competition. All of the children who entered from St Mary’s were also praised for the high standard of work received and in recognition of this, the school were given a special commendation and £50 for their hard work which… Read more »
Pupils at St Mary’s have been working towards a new awards scheme this year designed specifically for Outdoor Education. Buckfast Abbey Education Department kindly agreed to fund the awards, which were very well received by the pupils and will be a lasting reminder of all of their hard work this term.