To share life and learning in its fullness, we invest in as many external trips as possible so that children have real and exciting first hand experiences to remember. Recent highlights include:

Cross Country – Key Stage 2 children from across the Acorn MAT were invited to take part in a run alongside children from St Mary’s.

Tag Rugby – Our keen rugby players from Years 5 and 6 took part and were this year victorious in the Acorn MAT’s annual Tag Rugby tournament.

St Mary’s Church, Thorncombe – Children attended this year’s Harvest Service with offerings donated to the Lord’s Larder. They also attended the Remembrance Day service with wreaths made in class, and helped to lay wreaths at the village War Memorial.

Royal Institute Maths Masterclasses – Some of our most able mathematicians are taking part in a series of maths masterclasses alongside like-minded children from neighbouring Acorn MAT schools throughout the academic year.

Kenway Cup – A team from Years 5 and 6 took part in this historic local football tournament against a variety of teams from schools across West Dorset

Visit to Magdalen Farm – children from Years 3,4,5 and 6 visited Magdalen Farm, a local Environmental Education Centre set on an organic farm, where they took part in lots of different environmental education enrichment activities.

Cardiff Residential – children from Years 5 and 6 headed off to take in the sights of the capital city of Wales and the challenges of water activities at Cardiff International White Water.

The Tunnel Treetops, Charmouth – children in Years 2, 3 and 4 tried archery, showed courage on the high ropes and enjoyed open meadows. This mixed class outing enabled Year 2 to mix with older children to ease their transition into Key Stage 2 in September.

Swisstulle – Orchard Class toured the nearby Perry Street factory where they were amazed to see Victorian machinery in action and learned about the legendary bobbinet tulles and their worldwide applications.

BBC Ten Pieces at the Octagon Theatre – children and staff enthused about the narrated performance of classical music by the BBC Concert Orchestra which included participation in a ‘space’ themed composing activity.

Colyton Grammar School – as part of an enrichment programme, a team of four Year 5 mathematicians competed in a Primary School Maths Challenge against seven teams from East Devon and West Dorset schools.

Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy – year 6 were briefed by the RNLI about staying safe in and around water; and had the opportunity to develop new skills as they worked collaboratively to sail RS Zest boats.

Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens – Pippin Class discovered new and unusual flowers and plants whilst exploring the formal and informal gardens made famous for the Camellia groves and magnolias.

The Woodroffe School Curriculum Day – an opportunity for all our Year 6 children to gain insight into the secondary school in Lyme Regis, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Pantomime – our annual school trip took us to the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil to see Aladdin.

Royal Institute Maths Master Classes – three keen and talented Year 6 children joined their peers at nearby schools for a series of hands-on interactive extra-curricular sessions to deepen their mathematical understanding.

Harvest Day at Magdalen – Orchard Class enjoyed a day Magdalen Farm learning about the importance of animals at Harvest time; and explored the poly tunnels tasting a variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables.