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.

Gardening Club

Posted: 29 May 2016

Pupils have set a number of vegetable seeds, including pumpkins and leeks, and set cabbage plants in school this term.  The children have also created new wild flower areas and soft fruit areas on our school field.  Mrs Kerswell entered a writing competition in the Devon Sustainability bulletin recently and won some gardening gloves for the children,… Read more »

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Night Bat Walk

Pupils in Burrator Class joined Helen Parr from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project for a night bat walk in the local area.  Once the sun began to set, pupils made their way to a place known for bat activity, equipped with a range of bat detectors, in the hope of hearing and seeing different species of… Read more »

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Bat Award

This year St Mary’s Catholic Primary School have been ‘going batty’ learning all about the Greater Horseshoe Bat, in collaboration with Helen Parr, from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project.  Children have spent time in their outdoor education sessions and also at the Abbey Education Centre, learning all about these mammals and how to protect… Read more »

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RSPB Birdwatch

Posted: 31 January 2016

St Mary’s pupils took part in the RSPB Schools’ Birdwatch this year. Having positioned the feeders in a prime spot, several pupils took turns to observe the feeder and make a note of which types of birds visited. The children were very pleased to find a Goldcrest, as when the results were submitted to the… Read more »

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Miracle Gro’wers Academy

Posted: 1 January 2016

Along with children from across the country, pupils in Burrator are taking part in some scientific experiments in conjunction with the company Miracle Gro. The idea is to encourage pupils to take part in gardening, whilst carrying out scientific research based around growing fruit and vegetables. This time, St Mary’s has been asked to grow… Read more »

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