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.

Bird boxes

Posted: 9 April 2017

In preparation for the nesting season, pupils have been out in the woodland area selecting suitable places for new bird boxes to be placed. Mr Knibb kindly donated some new bird boxes to the school which we hope will become home to nesting birds in the spring.

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Woodland cooking

Posted: 9 April 2017

Many thanks to Joe Kelly and the Gardening Department at Buckfast Abbey, who designed and created an outdoor oven following suggestions to develop outdoor cooking by the children at St Mary’s. The oven has been made from virtually all recycled materials too.

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Green Blue Peter Badge

Posted: 26 December 2016

Congratulations to our Year 2 pupils who were all successful in achieving a Green Blue Peter Badge this term.  Following their outdoor education programme, the children chose their favourite activities to write about in a letter to Blue Peter.  They were awarded with the Green Blue Peter Badge, which all the pupils have proudly worn to… Read more »

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Bat Award

Posted: 2 August 2016

The focus of this year’s outdoor education has been on conservation and developing a greater understanding of the Greater Horseshoe Bat as one of the largest colonies of this bat species is in close proximity to the school.  The Outdoor Education sessions that have taken place, together with additional sessions held at the Abbey’s Education… Read more »

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Storytelling session

Posted: 29 May 2016

Burrator pupils took part in a story telling session with Alison and Anna in our school woodland.  There were a number of unusual objects found int he area including a giant egg, large pile of poo and some books and papers. Pupils had to work out what had happened by piecing together all of the… Read more »

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