Little Trees Forest School

September 29th, 2015 by Ian in Uncategorized

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This Autumn term has seen the continuence of our Little Trees Forest School at Tinneys Lane.

Vicky and Davel work with the KS3 students on the site by incorporating the National Curriculum with the natural environment.

They enjoying making 3D structures…


… and constructing stories about the animals they can see.


Have a look on their daily blog to see what else they’ve been up to…

Parents’ E-safety Autumn Newsletter

September 22nd, 2015 by Ian in News

Here’s the latest newsletter from Dorset’s Safe Schools and Communities Team.

SSCT Parents E-safety Newsletter Autumn 2015

Writing Dialogue

March 4th, 2015 by Ian in curriculum

Here’s a great piece of work from Tom.

He was jolted back to the real world by the realisation of being

shouted at. He was walking straight up the middle of the road

and a convoy of military vehicles behind him were beeping.

Some men were shouting at him to get out of the road: so he

did. He walked back to the side of the road and just waited. The

convoy started moving but one of the captain’s vehicles pulled

to the side of the road and parked next to him.

“Why exactly are you walking when you are wounded? You

should be in a separate vehicle for the wounded. But as that

has already gone, I feel obliged to offer you a ride up to the

town. But one question before I do offer you a ride, why were

you walking down the middle of the road?” the captain

questioningly looked at the soldier.

“If I were you I would take a look at my chest before you say

another word,” the soldier replied with quiet dignity. The captain

slowly looked the soldier up and down, looking for anything to

signify why he said this. The reality of who he was talking to

suddenly dawned on him as the soldier gently rubbed the mud

and grease off the badge that resided above his left breast;

revealing a colonel’s badge. The soldier smiled as he watched

the captain’s cheeks flush white.

“It’s ok captain I suppose I don’t look much like a colonel at the

moment. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll take you up on that offer of a


Pizza Oven

December 5th, 2014 by Ian in Uncategorized

Pizza oven

The garden at the Learning Centre was completed in time for the Summer Fete, a joint venture with St Paul’s Playgroup. The planting of the beds was carried out by the students, ably assisted by one of the students parents and the generosity of Waitrose. The garden helps our students learn about gardening and producing food to use in the kitchen. Design and Technology students have designed and built some seating and it is generally felt that the green environment provides a calm area in which to relax and promote wellbeing.

The next phase was to build a pizza oven and this was started in September. Students and staff all lent a hand to mix the clay and build up the dome. The oven was completed in time to have its inaugural firing at the first of our Community Talks at the end of October. Pizzas were enjoyed by the students at lunchtime and by visitors to the talk about Beekeeping in the early evening.

The building process gave the students hands on experience at bricklaying, teamwork and patience. The clay needed to be broken up and any stones removed. This clean clay was mixed with sand and water by ‘puddling’, a technique of patiently working the mix by walking over it. The next process was forming fist sized balls of clay to build up the shape of the oven. Three layers were needed to complete the oven.

The oven will provide an alternative approach for the students learning about food preparation and cooking as well as providing wood fired pizzas for special occasions. It will also get used during our Spring and Summer community talks. The next event is Community Singing on the 11th December between 1830 and 1930. In the New Year we will be continuing our series of events with a talk about the Night Sky, a Ukulele workshop, a talk about the local conservation areas and a talk entitled ‘Love food – Hate waste’.

Community Singing on Thursday 11th December

December 4th, 2014 by Ian in Dates, News

An uplifting hour of songs and singing for everyone, even those who don’t think they can sing! Learn some new songs and sing some familiar songs. . . and maybe a few Christmas songs too!!

There will be free mince pies and mulled apple juice.

Start: 6.30pm
Finish: 7.30pm

All Welcome!


November 8th, 2014 by Ian in Uncategorized


We’re developing a good tradition of sailing here at SLC. We’ve had several sea voyages and we often go sailing at a local reservoir, too.

Here we find Jacob explaining to Chris what that big white thing is just above their heads.

Bearded Dragons

November 6th, 2014 by Ian in News

Here’s TJ with one of our recent arrivals, a bearded dragon.

Bearded dragon


September 29th, 2014 by Ian in curriculum


Thanks to Chris, sailing is becoming quite a part of what we do here at SLC. We have another group heading off to sea next week with the Ocean Youth Trust. In the meantime, here is Louise out on the reservoir last week.

Weymouth trip

September 12th, 2014 by Ian in News


Dillon, Kitty and Josh enjoyed a day out at The Sealife Centre in Weymouth before catching the Train to the Viewing Tower. The weather was lovely and the company was great. Thank you for a great day guys.
Darren, Jane, Rachel and Julia.




Jacob and Georgia in the shelter they built enjoying some hot chocolate.


Georgia and Myself abseiling down a HUGE cliff on Portland, we had a great time, even it it was a bit scary.



London transport visit

July 18th, 2014 by Ian in News

London visit

Yesterday was our end of year activities day. We had groups going to Haynes Motor Museum, Weymouth Sealife Centre, Bristol Zoo and this handsome bunch who went to London to try out different types of London transport.