Forest School

Children at St Mary’s have regular Forest School sessions.  As part of the wider educational mix, this offers a long term holistic learning process that aims to raise the children’s self-awareness and self-esteem through experiencing the natural world. Where the landscape itself becomes the learning environment, Forest School seeks to consolidate all areas of the curriculum and to build and extend knowledge. All sessions use speaking, listening and literacy skills such as exciting vocabulary which then permeates all areas of learning.

Making use of our exceptional village location we look at different habitats; starting in the school grounds and venturing further into the surrounding countryside to explore hedgerows, fields and woodland. Sessions typically include: plant and tree identification; natural arts and craft activities; storytelling; ‘mini beast’ hunting; shelter building and knot tying. Once core skills and behaviour indicators are secure, we help children to learn and manage risks through opportunities to cut and shape wood safely using a range of tools.

Children also have time to be quiet, reflect or to talk and share ideas. We nurture a deeper bond with nature and consider how much joy it brings us, and how we in turn should respect and look after our planet.

Latest News

Open Day Saturday 17th October

OPEN DAY 2020 - Meet and speak to the Head of School and teachers and take a tour of our wonderful school grounds. We look forward to meeting you! Please ensure you contact the school office on 01460 30535 or office@stmarysthorncombe.co.uk to book your space. Social...

Contact Us

If you're interested in a place at our school for your child, please contact the office by phone or email. The deadline for applications for Reception in September 2021 is 15th January 2021. See dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/parents-guide for more information!

New Term at St Mary’s

St Mary's has now reopened and welcomed all our children back for a new school year.