Hartlepool forest school hosts some festive fun

Children from Grange Primary School visit Santa at the Rossmere Forest School project.
Children from Grange Primary School visit Santa at the Rossmere Forest School project.

An innovative outdoor learning area in the grounds of a Hartlepool school took on a festive feel in the run-up to Christmas.

The Forest School project within the grounds of Rossmere Primary School staged a range of Christmas-themed activities for groups of pupils from a number of schools.

They included making decorations from natural materials found on-site, playing a “find the Christmas present” game, building a shelter for Rudolph the reindeer and singing carols.

Children also got the chance to meet Santa who took up temporary residence in a traditional Central Asian nomad tent - known as a yurt - that is normally used as a teaching space on the site.

The Forest School project has been developed on a former playing field at the corner of Callander Road and Catcote Road.

The site has been turned into a natural learning environment featuring an outdoor eco-classroom, hundreds of trees and shrubs, a wetland area, a pond-dipping platform, a fire pit, a yurt, meadows, areas for den building, a ravine and a bird hide and bird station.

It was officially opened earlier this year by CBBC TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson.

Children from Kingsley, Golden Flatts, Sacred Heart, Grange, Lynnfield and St Helen’s primary schools visited the site ahead of Christmas.

Forest School staff have also worked with St Teresa’s RC, Ward Jackson and Brougham primary schools.

Forest School manager Chris Skelly said: “The children had some great fun, including toasting marshmallows and singing carols around a fire, and their time on site was capped off with the ultimate treat – a visit to see Santa.”

Schools wishing to find out more can contact Chris at cskelly@rossmereschool.org.uk or call (01429) 274608.