Main Street, Netherseal, Derbyshire, DE12 8BZ
01283 760283

Forest School

 ”The best classroom and the richest classroom is roofed only by the sky.” - Margaret McMillian 

We are proud of our Forest School provision. We are fortunate to have a great partnership with Richard Adey, the owner of nearby Nether Woods, who very kindly allows us to use his wonderful site to go out and explore, have fun and learn.

We offer a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.

Examples of Forest School activities include:

  • Woodland management and nature exploration
  • Building dens and other structures
  • Fires and cooking
  • Games and invitations for imaginative play
  • Natural crafts
  • Using tools, such as knives and saws
  • Scavenger hunts and adventure
  • Seasonal celebrations


What our pupils say:

" I enjoy Forest School because I like exploring and discovering new things in our surrounds."

" I like being outdoors. It is beautiful to see the wildlife."

" It makes me is so peaceful."

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Art and music at Forest School

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Class 3 used natural materials to create 'Stick Man'!