Blessed by God so that we may help others

Life Skills

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 Champions

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 be focussing on birds and encouraging them into the school grounds.  Activities planned during the year include:

  • Making bird feeders
  • Designing and making bird boxes
  • Taking part in the RSPB School Watch
  • Learning about using and taking care of binoculars
  • Visit Slapton Ley to look at wintering birds
  • Use Devon Wildlife Trust’s bird microphone to learn different bird calls in the classroom
  • Use a Bushnell style camera traps to attached to bird feeding stations to become familiar with identifying different birds
  • Experiment with which birds like which foods best

School Council and Eco Committee

This year our School Councillors have also worked as our Eco Committee.  Pupils have carried out an Eco audit, implemented action plans and arranged events.  These included a beach clean and making wooden wicker supports for sweet peas.

The school has been successful in achieving the Bronze and Silver Eco Awards and is now working towards its Green Flag Award.

Mental Health Ambassadors

Working with Devon’s Early Help for Metal Health (EH4MH) Team, Year 5 pupils have been with Melody from EH4MH to train to become Mental Health Ambassadors. Everyone received a certificate and a badge to show that they had passed the course! Following the really successful ‘It’s OK to be different week’, our new Mental Health Ambassadors will be working with Miss Slack over the coming terms to look at ways of improving our school.

 

It's OK to be different week

St Mary’s hosted an ‘It’s OK to be different week’, based on the book of the same name by Todd Parr.  During the week, each class read a different text to focus their work.  There was also a chance to try some ‘mindfulness’ with our school counsellor and to take part in  some accessible sports, led by Coach Ben.  Parents and carers were also invited into school to learn a bit more about positive mental health from Devon’s Early Help for Mental Health team.   Training for our pupils who are going to become Mental Health Ambassadors also started during the week.

Online Safety

Pupils took part in the Safer Internet Day activities again this year.  The theme this year was ‘Together for a better internet.’  Pupils thought about how to stay safe online, as well as thinking about specific programs and apps and how these should be used safely.

  • University of Exeter ITT Partner
  • School Games Gold 2018-2019
  • RHS Five Star Gardening School Logo (1)

    RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Eco Schools Silver Award