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Venford Class

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 County Show Scarecrow Competition

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

Venford's trip to Dawlish Warren

Venford visited Dawlish Warren to find out more about the different mini-beasts who live in the warren and also in the pond there. Although it was a very wet day, lots of living things were collected and identified with the help of our ranger. The most popular part of the trip for many children was the woodland area where there were lots of tiny toads. Mrs Cherrett also found an large adult toad on the path.


Learning afternoons

Fernworthy, Burrator and Venford Classes have all prepared learning afternoons. The children shared their learning through teaching others about what they have recently learnt. Fernworthy ran a Roman afternoon, where they demonstrated a Roman battle march and even had also had special Roman food to try! Venford had a special afternoon about their ‘It’s F..f..freezing’ topic and pupils worked together as ‘teams’ of experts.  In Burrator, pupils talked to parents and carers from across the school about maths, explaining how it is taught and what children are expected to know in different year groups. There was also the chance for the adults to try out some SATs questions!

Maths measuring

Pupils in Venford Class have enjoyed experimenting with capacity and weight problems in their practical maths sessions.

Plymouth Marine Aquarium

Venford class visited the Plymouth Marine Aquarium recently. All of the pupils wrote a report about their visit. This is Abi’s recount, which was published in our school newspaper:

We went by bus to Plymouth Aquarium, because our topic this term is ‘Under and Over the Waves.’ First we put our bags down and had a quick snack. Next we went to the rockpools and saw some shark eggs and some lobsters. We also saw some sharks – I was really excited when they swam above me! I also loved seeing the turtles swimming around their tank. Afterwards we had lunch. Then we saw the octopus and found out that their belly is in the middle of their brain and that they have three hearts. Later on we had one last look around before getting back on the bus to go back to school. It had been such a busy day that some people fell asleep, Finally we arrived back at school – we’d had a brilliant day out!

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