Forest School

Pupils have regular Forest School sessions with our specialist teacher, Miss Robertshaw.  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.

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General Election 2019

Our Key Stage Two children were watching democracy in action today as part of their learning on British Values - here they are at our local polling station on election day.

Just One Tree

On Friday 22nd November, our school took part in the "Just One Tree" initiative and held a non-uniform day. Each child donated £1, which funds the planting of a tree in Haiti, Mozambique, Kenya and Madagascar. The children raised a total of £39 and the Thorncombe...

Auction Night 29th November

Our PFA (Parents and Friends Association) are holding an Auction Night this Friday 29th November at Thorncombe Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm. Items and vouchers have been kindly donated for the PFA to auction to raise money for the school - see list below! All...