Thorney Close Primary School

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Spruce and Larch (Year 4 Mrs Prior and Mr Vaughan) Visit to Hamsterley Forest


Hamsterley Forest

Year Group

Year 4 – Spruce and Larch Classes

Mrs Prior and Mr Vaughan


Friday 27th March 2020

8:30am – 4:15pm. The visit will last the full day so please be on time for school and try not to arrange any appointments on this date. To maximise our time at the forest we would like children to be in school for 8.30am. We will be returning to school after the end of the normal school day.  We will endeavour to return back to school by 4:15pm however please be aware that heavy traffic sometimes causes a delay which is out of our control. We will try to keep you informed of any such delays with a text message or Class Dojo.


There will be 6 adults on the visit.  Adults may include school staff/school governors/parent helpers and students currently on placement in school.

Cost of the Visit

To help cover the cost of the visit we are asking for a parental contribution of £15.00. The school believes wholeheartedly in the value of these experiences, and subsidises the cost of all visits as much as possible in an attempt to ensure that these opportunities are accessible and affordable to all. However, the school seldom has the financial resources to pay the full costs. Consequently, a voluntary contribution is normally requested from parents/carers to make up the shortfall. This contribution is genuinely voluntary, and neither you nor your child will be treated differently if you are unable to contribute. However, if we do not receive enough contributions towards the visit we may not be able to organise such experiences in the future.  Contributions can be made via the epayment system or by cash/cheque at the school office.  If you are unable to make this contribution, then please contact Mrs Jenner in the school office or on 0191 5250808 to discuss a payment plan or to see if you may be considered to apply for a school bursary.  Please note contributions may be made in instalments up until the day of the visit.

About the Visit

Children in Year 4 will visit Hamsterley Forest to link with their learning in school – ‘P. 

Linking with our learning about plants in Science, we will be developing teamwork and problem solving skills in the most perfect location.  Nestled amongst the tress, we will be able to use our surrounding to help us learn about the natural elements of the world in which we live. Hamsterley Forest has a delightful 2000-hectre oasis of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys.  It contains a vast array of habitats (woodlands, grassland, aquatic), facilitating an exciting range of learning opportunities.  The children will be working together to build their own shelter for their team, engaging with a tree and plant identification activity and discovering the wildlife that lives in Hamsterley Forest.  We will working with OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists) while at Hamsterley Forest.  OASES are outdoor education specialists who have been successfully delivering and promoting outdoor learning and global sustainability education for over 20 years.  We also hope to have some fun time in the play areas.


Children will need a healthy packed lunch with a drink. The school will provide children entitled to a free school meal with a packed lunch. All other children will need to bring their own packed lunch.


Children can wear their own comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty.  Please ensure that your child has a waterproof jacket and wears wellington boots or walking boots.

Additional Info

Please check the weather conditions on the day and be prepared i.e. waterproof coat, suncream or sun hat etc. 

Further information about Hamsterley Forest and OASES can be found at: