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.
Our school gardening club met up again for the last time this year, to celebrate what they had achieved, to learn about the new mower brought over by Pete (one of the Abbey gardeners) and to plan what will be grown in the school garden next year.
Working with the Education department at the Abbey, pupils created some ‘wildlife friendly’ places for a number of living things in our school grounds.
Through the Devon Development Education centre, St Mary’s has linked up with Mubende Nabingola Primary School in Uganda in the district of Mubende. The project focusses on organic food growing in Uganda and also in the UK. The school gardening club have been communicating with the school through text messages and we have received photos… Read more »
Helen Parr, the Community Engagement Officer for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project came into school to talk to pupils about the importance of these endangered mammals. Helen showed the Project’s website and we watched video images of the live bat roost which is located in the caves nearby in Buckfastleigh. She then explained the… Read more »
Pupils from St Mary’s, joined with other local schools to learn about the different trees that can be found in the local area. The day included finding out about how to care for trees and a number of art workshops, such as making crowns and wicker obelisks. Back at school, we planted pea seeds and… Read more »
St Mary’s has linked with a school in Uganda, through the Devon Development Education centre. This project looks at what children in Uganda and children in Devon have in common – a school garden which needs planning and taking care of. Over the next 12 months, pupils will be sharing their gardening experiences with children… Read more »
Pupils in Fernworthy class enjoyed a follow up outdoor education day, offered by the charity Send a Cow. Pupils developed their understanding of how the charity helps people in developing countries to grow their own crops. The children also learnt about some of the techniques that the charity teaches farmers to use, including how to… Read more »
Our gardening club has again been busy this year, preparing an entry for the Devon County Show. This year, St Mary’s had based its design on celebrating 25 years of the Devon County Show.
Venford and Fernworthy Classes enjoyed cooking outside, as they took part in a ‘Field Kitchen’ day with Mark Reeves. Children cooked their own food using methods that they might use if they were camping outside. The children enjoyed their cooking lesson with a difference – the chocolate cakes were particularly successful!
Congratulations to all the pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, who have been awarded the Bronze Level Award as a Green Tree School in recognition of what it has done to improve the school environment.