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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.

Venford Class Outdoor Education

Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 have all taken part in outdoor education sessions which enriched their learning across the curriculum.  Children participated in a range of activities including storytelling, scavenger hunting, learning about the conservation of habitats and developing team building skills.

Bug Hunting

Pupils from Venford Class have been ‘bug hunting’ as part of their topic, which has involved learning all about mini-beasts and their different life cycles.

Butterfly Farm Trip

Pupils from Venford visited the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, as part of their life cycles topic.  Pupils had the chance to look closely at different varieties of butterflies and moths in various stages of life cycle. They also learnt about the otters and had the opportunity to watch them being fed.

Pirate Day

Pupils in Meldon and Venford class shared a ‘pirate day’ to celebrate their curriculum topics which both linked to the sea.  The children came dressed as pirates and the morning was spent carrying out lots of pirate related activities.  In the afternoon, pupils enjoyed a pirate party, treasure hunt and enjoyed eating a pirate ‘feast’.

Butterfly release

Venford Class have been taking care of some caterpillars as part of their ‘minibeasts’ topic.  Pupils were excited to discover that the caterpillars turned into chrysalises, which after a short time in hatched into beautiful butterflies that were released in the school grounds.


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  • School Games Gold 2018-2019
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    RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Eco Schools Silver Award