We are very happy to be continuing to run Forest School this year using an area of Hurst Water Meadow which is the ideal location for us to go out and explore, have fun and learn.

Forest School is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.

Forest School sessions will be led by Miss Dexter or Mrs Harding who are trained and are working towards a Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification from Open College Network West Midlands. Both are also trained First Aiders.

Miss Dexter will be supported on Forest School Sessions by Parent Volunteers. Staffing ratios will be adhered to and any pupils who require 1:1 support will have this during Forest School. Forest School Sessions are inclusive and planned to allow all pupils to participate fully.

The safety and welfare of the pupils participating in Forest School is paramount and therefore all tasks are age-appropriate and risk assessments have been carried out for all activities prior to taking place. However as Forest School takes place in a wild environment there will always be an element of danger. Part of Forest School is helping the children to assess and manage their own risks.

Forest School will take place regardless of the weather- the exceptions being high winds and thunder storms. The school will provide waterproof trousers and jackets for all children but they can use their own if you prefer.


To allow the pupils to participate fully the correct clothing is essential for Forest School.

All participants need to bring:

  • Wellingtons
  • Long trousers and a long-sleeved top
  • Jumper/Sweatshirt
  • Extra jumpers and tights or leggings in cold weather
  • Hat, gloves and thick socks- essential in Autumn/Winter months
  • Sun hat and sun cream in Summer

These need to be old clothes as we do not intend to stay clean!

Forest School sessions for Year One will be on Tuesday afternoons. On that day children should come to school wearing their School uniform with a bag of clothes to change into for Forest School.  This should be left on their pegs in the cloakrooms.

Please ensure that the medical information the school has about your child is up to date and amended should anything new come to light.

If you have any questions about Forest School, please speak to Miss Dexter.


April 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
31 March 2019 1 April 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
2 April 2019 3 April 2019 4 April 2019 5 April 2019

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey
6 April 2019
7 April 2019 8 April 2019 9 April 2019 10 April 2019 11 April 2019 12 April 2019 13 April 2019
14 April 2019 15 April 2019 16 April 2019 17 April 2019 18 April 2019 19 April 2019 20 April 2019
21 April 2019 22 April 2019 23 April 2019

First Day of Term

First Day of Term
24 April 2019 25 April 2019 26 April 2019 27 April 2019
28 April 2019 29 April 2019 30 April 2019 1 May 2019

Full Governors Meeting

Full Governors Meeting
2 May 2019 3 May 2019

May Dancing

May Dancing
4 May 2019
Upcoming Events
  • 23 April 2019 – First Day of Term
  • 1 May 2019 – Full Governors Meeting
    7:00 pm
  • 3 May 2019 – May Dancing
  • 6 May 2019 – Bank Holiday
  • 8 May 2019 – Cricket Session for Squirrel and Fox Class
    10:00 am
  • 9 May 2019 – KS1 Music Festival
    9:00 am
  • 13 May 2019 – SATS Week
  • 14 May 2019 – Hedgehog Trip to Farmer Gows
  • 24 May 2019 – Last Day of Term - School closes at 3.15pm
  • 3 June 2019 – INSET Day - school closed
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