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.
The outdoor learning group participated in a variety of activities this term, which included fire lighting and cookery using the fire pit.
Some pupils took part in ‘alpaca therapy’ workshops. The session involved walking, grooming and feeding the alpacas, who were very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the attention.
This year the School Council are participating in the Devon Wildlife Champions scheme, which is organised by the Devon Wildlife Trust. To launch the project, the School Council attended a special Wildlife Day, held at Slapton Ley. Lots of other schools attended the event to participate in a range of different activities which were designed… Read more »
St Mary’s School has won the top prize in the CPRE Devon Writing competition, so were awarded a wooden plaque and £200 prize money. The judges were very impressed with the overall quality of the entries, which demonstrated that the children had really thought about why our countryside is so important. There were also prizes… Read more »
Pupils have worked towards their outdoor learning awards this year, based on the outdoor learning themes of: environmental awareness, skills, creativity, wider community, nature knowledge, advocacy, curriculum enhancement and reflection and spirituality. Year 6 were also awarded the national John Muir Award.
All of the classes have been working on a range of environmental art and design technology as pat of the school’s Environmental Arts project. Some of the work has made use of recycled materials, such as Meldon’s pirate ships. Other artwork involved natural materials such as leaves and recycled wood. Venford Class designed and created… Read more »
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 »