Forest School GROUP 1 LETTER September 2019

5th September 2019

Dear Parents and carers,


Your child will be taking part in the Forest School programme this term. This letter will give you more information about what we do, when we will be doing it and how you can be involved.


How can we have a Forest school at Cullompton Pre-school?

A forest school morning will include a circle time about aspects of personal care and safety; learning how to behave around a campfire (introduced using a small contained kettle fire, leading to a cooking fire in weeks 4, 5 and 6); a range of craft and practical activities using natural materials; simple camp cookery; stories, songs and hot chocolate; exploring our immediate surroundings; time to run and play in the garden using large apparatus.

We would also appreciate one or two parent volunteers to help at pre-school sessions. You do not have to commit to every week but it is very helpful if we have parental help at these sessions. Please let the office know if you can help.

What tools will the children be using?

Mostly we will be using the same tools we use in the classroom, like cooking utensils, writing materials, scissors and gardening tools. For one activity we shall be using a bow-saw and the workbench, with an adult working 1-1 with each child in turn. We also use hammers and wooden mallets with 1-1 supervision.

When is this all happening and how can you help ?

Forest school sessions will be on Thursday and Friday mornings at the usual session times, dates as below.


THURSDAY SESSION                                                     FRIDAY SESSION

12th September 2019                                                           13th September 2019

19th September 2019                                                           20th September 2019

26th September 2019                                                           27th September2019

*(Group 1 visiting Church for harvest)                            4th October 2019

10th October 2019                                                                11th October 2019

17th October 2019*

31st October 2019                                                                1st November 2019


We would love parents to join us at any of the above sessions either as one session or on a regular basis. Please let us know if you are able to come along and join us.



What will I need to provide?


Personal clothing (named):

T – shirt/shirt, warm jumper or fleece, long trousers, comfortable socks

Wellington boots

Warm hat and gloves

Warm anorak or jacket

Sunhat and sunscreen if appropriate

A named rucksack or bag containing spare clothing


Please dress your child sensibly for the activities that will take place, dresses, skirts and sandals are not appropriate. We recommend long trousers, trainers, plimsolls, or wellies.


Waterproof jackets and trousers will be provided by Cullompton Pre-school.


I hope this answers most of your questions but please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further queries.


Mandy Goff

Administration Manager