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Forest School will resume at Fordcombe from January 2020.


We welcome Jo Parker, an experienced and qualified Forest School leader, who will deliver the sessions on Thursday afternoons between January and the end of June. Each year group will have a one hour session every four weeks to ensure they experience all the different seasons throughout the year. The children will attend their Forest School sessions in year groups rather than classes, which means their learning will be more individualised in a smaller group setting.


Jo will come to school in January to deliver a whole school assembly and to advise children of the rules and responsibilities when using the Forest School area.


The Forest School cost is £20 per pupil for this academic year which can be paid in one go or by instalments through Parent Pay.


All children will need appropriate outdoor clothing in school for their Forest School sessions including:

  • waterproof coat
  • waterproof trousers (or all in one suit for younger children)
  • wellies
  • hat, gloves, scarf (if cold weather is forecast)


The table below shows the planned session dates for each year group. Please make a note of them so you can send your child into school with the extra clothing on their session days.



YEARS 1 & 2

YEARS 3 & 4

YEARS 5 & 6

Thurs 16th Jan

Thurs 23rd Jan

Thurs 30th Jan

Thurs 6th Feb

Thurs 13th Feb

Thurs 27th Feb

Thurs 5th March

Thurs 12th March

Thurs 19th March

Thurs 26th March

Thurs 2nd April

Thurs 23rd April

Thurs 30th April

Thurs 7th May

Thurs 14th May

Thurs 21st May

Thurs 4th June

Thurs 11th June

Thurs 25th June

Thurs 18th June


Ash Class enjoy Forest School

Ash Class were lucky enough to be the first class to experience our new Forest School sessions! We welcomed in new practitioner Jo Parker to lead our session and, with the sun shining, we had a really lovely afternoon of exploring.


The children helped each other to climb on the log trail safely and collected mini beasts in their pots to inspect and identify with Jo. It was great to see the children enjoying nature, getting their hands dirty and working as part of a team. 

Giving Pupils the Best Start to Their Education