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Forest School


What is Forest School?

‘Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.’

(Definition provided by the FSA at

Our journey so far...

The Forest School programme started at Hingham Primary School in February 2017. We were very lucky to have received help from the following organisations:

- The Friends of Hingham School purchased a temporary fence and a shed to store resources on site.

- Easton College sent a team from their Arboriculture department to help plant trees (February 2017) and hedgerow plants (December 2017) donated to us by the Woodland Trust.

- Abel Homes erected a permanent fence 100m around the designated Forest School area.

- The Ernest Cook Trust awarded us a grant of £1,350 so we could purchase tools and resources to use during Forest School.

- Norwich Town Close Estate Charity awarded us a £10,000 grant to build an outdoor classroom in our developing woodland area.

- Norse awarded us a £750 to make our outdoor classroom fully accessible.

Thank you to all the organisations that have helped us on our journey.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - The official opening of our new woodland area

Click on the above link to listen to Mrs Newrick, our Headteacher, and some some of our pupils talking to Wally Webb about Forest School (We are on 2 hours and 24 mins into the programme).

We also appeared on the EDP website ( and the front page and p32 of the Attleborough Mercury.

Attleborough Mercury 10.05.18

Attleborough Mercury 10.05.18 1
Attleborough Mercury 10.05.18 2

Learning in our new outdoor classroom...

Newspaper reports on the development of our site

Further information on Forest School can be found online or by using the links below. 

Forest School Leaflet (includes useful information on what to wear during the cold winter months!)

Year 3 at Forest School

Year 4/5 at Forest School

On Wednesday 28th November Allan Archer, the Education Officer at Pensthorpe Natural Park, led our Forest School session. He started by talking to Y4/5 about the evolution of birds and showed us different feathers which we investigated to work out which type of bird they may have come from. We dissected an egg and looked closely at the different parts and how they helped in the development of the chick. After that, we looked at the shapes of different birds' skulls and tried to work out their diet from the shape of their beaks. Finally, we investigated some abandoned birds' nests. We all thoroughly enjoyed the session and are now keen to see the different types of birds that visit our school.