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Outside Learning


"Teachers are taking more opportunity to enrich lessons by using the outside environment."
                                                            Ofsted December 2017

 

 






Our ongoing vision at St Mary's is to provide our children with excellent academic standards, high achievement and a wonderfully enriched curriculum.

Part of this vision involves a big focus on Outdoor Learning.

The benefits of Outdoor Learning are proven:

Providing a varied, stimulating and exciting curriculum encourages children to be  motivated to learn

Contextualised learning

Inspiration for cross curricular learning

Develops personal and practical skills in a less restrictive environment

Use of natural resources

 Group work negotiation and co-operation 

 Mathematical and scientific skills

 Health benefits

 Development of fine and gross motor skills

 Enquiry based learning

 Stimulates creativity

 Develop citizenship and British values

 Reflective thinking

 Alternative to the internet world


We are continuing to focus on our outdoor area particularly the courtyard outside the Hall formerly the Prayer Garden.

 

We are planning to cover this to create an outdoor classroom. 

We are also hoping to improve our growing garden and woodland area. The children are really keen and are already taking part in projects and activities.

Recommendations for Outside Education and Grounds Development (pdf)

Please continue to support the Friends events. The money you raise is needed.

 

School Calendar School Calendar

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Mission Statement

Aiming high,  

dreaming bigger,

praying together,

growing in God's love.

Our Children Say...

"I like Science because we learn about cool things"
"I like Art because we can be creative"
"I love the school trips because they are great fun"
"I enjoy learning French because I like learning about other people in the world"
"I enjoy History because I like learning about what has happened in the past"  
"I like learning because it is fun to learn new things"
"I like spending time with my friends because they are special to me"
"The teachers are great, they are kind and look after us and they make our lessons exciting and fun"
"I like learning about Jesus and the lessons he taught us"
"I love singing hymns because it makes me feel happy"

Ofsted Statement

  "Pupils thrive in this school both in terms of academic achievement and personal wellbeing."
Ofsted December 2017




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During our recent forum, the children discussed having a prayer tree in the school that they could dedicated prayers to say thank you or for their own intentions.  Hannah created a questionnaire
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We were very pleased to read the letter from Major Treffrey-Kingdom in the Royston Crow this week.  I was extremely proud of the children who wrote prayers, researched life stories and conducted
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