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Forest School

Pupils particularly appreciate learning in the school’s well-equipped forest school. 
Each week, they learn about the natural world and the weather, as well as enjoying art activities.

 OFSTED September 2023


Forest School Pre-School Event 7-11-23

Fire lighting in Forest School

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Forest School

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We are so lucky to have fantastic grounds that house our wonderful Forest School. We share the provision equally with Portway Junior School with whom we plan very closely with, to ensure a progressive curriculum from Reception to Year 6. We use the Forest School the whole year round as there is no such thing as bad weather! We have a fully trained Level 3 Forest School leader at the Infants and also one at the Juniors, it really is a truly well designed and delivered part of our curriculum.


The following information is from the Derbyshire Forest Schools website:


Forest Schools:  

  • Increases self-esteem and self confidence
  • Improves co-operation, communication skills and awareness of others
  • Increases motivation, self discovery and positive attitude towards learning
  • Encourages ownership and pride in the local environment
  • Encourages a better understanding of the outdoors
  • Increases the skills and knowledge of the individuals that take part 


Opportunities provided might include:

  • Shelter building
  • Woodland and traditional crafts
  • Developing stories/drama and meeting imaginary characters
  • Art and sculpture work
  • Exploring the landscape and history
  • Playing team and group games
  • Studying wildlife
  • Rope and string work
  • Fire lighting
  • Sensory activities
  • Tool use
  • Cooking on an open fire