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Outdoor Education

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.

Environmental Art Exhibition

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 bird feeders and wrote some tree poems. Fernworthy made ‘insect hotels,’ which they hope will encourage minibeasts. Finally, Burrator Class created bird boxes and wicker insects. The children also created natural ‘rust prints’ and environmental art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy as part of their outdoor learning sessions.

Mud Kitchen

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, to celebrate all of the hard work that has taken place.

Meldon's Vegetable Garden

Meldon Class have grown lots of vegetables in their new vegetable garden.  So far this year they have harvested broad beans, potatoes and purple sprouting.



Devon County Show Scarecrow Competition

Pupils in Venford designed and created their own scarecrow from recycled materials and entered this in the Devon County Show.

Beach Clean

Following Venford’s work on recycling and protecting marine habitats, a beach clean was organised in the holidays at Dawlish Warren.

  • 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