Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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Forest School

Forest Schools

Nettleworth becomes a fabulous Forest School!


Our Forest Schools Programme will run every Tuesday afternoon from 13th September! The programme will run weekly and all children across school will be able to access this exciting and explorative learning experience.

The activities and Forest School layout are going to be generated by an accredited practitioner with many years under his tool belt and they are designed to be lots of fun that build confidence and encourage team work. Look out for regular photo and video updates…


The Forest School area is only accessible to the children during our Tuesday sessions so please ensure that children are not entering the area before or after school times.



Miss Shaw



What are Forest Schools?


  • Forest Schools are nature-based communities where trained practitioners nurture learner-led exploration and discovery, nurturing meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts.
  • Wellbeing is the foundation of our practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants we provide the guidance and facilitation for our time in nature.
  • Through creating learner inspired experiences based on exploration and discovery, we recognise opportunities to mentor holistic growth over the course of long-term programmes.
  • In developing the community, we nurture a culture based on collaboration and of embracing challenge so that we can allow, over time, for the blossoming of character, resilience and empathy, and for a greater sense of connection, with nature and for our shared future.




Physical and emotional wellbeing.

Social skills, communicating, negotiating, problem solving.

Fine and gross motor development.

Self esteem, confidence.

Awareness of own and others needs.

First hand experience, develops independence and responsibility. 

Strategies in order to take risks in a controlled environment.

Resilience and perseverance. 

Our pupils love Forest Schools, Here's what they say!




“Forest schools makes me feel very happy because we make dens and I know how to use tools that I’ve never used before” - Ethan (Year 2 boy)



“I love forest schools because we get to explore and do some digging. We learn how to be careful with the tools and about fire safety with a song that we sing. It makes me feel calm” - Ruby (Year 2 Girl)



“I like to dig in forest schools. You need to keep safe using the tools and I want to do more crafts and use rope to make the shelters. If I need more support I can ask an adult to help me” - Joseph (Year 2 Boy)



“Forest schools is where you explore outside and it is fun.  You have to be safe when you’re using a drill and I need more practise. Sometimes I like to be on my own to learn and sometimes I like to chat with my friends.” - Sophie (Year 2 Girl)



“There’s lots of stuff to build and do. I was a bit nervous at first but then it was actually good. We learn how to make shelters for animals using a mallet and a hammer. I tried the strapline and it made my tummy go weird! I laugh a lot and if something doesn’t work I can try again.” - Arla (Year 1 girl)



“It is where you dig and it is muddy. You have to use the tools without hurting yourself but I know how to stay safe. I can make my own things like poppies and with wood. I feel happy because I can explore. I played in the hammock and I lost my balance but I tried again.” - Zavian - (Year 1 Boy)




“Our area has hammocks. I know how to keep safe because we know the rules. It was fun when we played in the little pigs house and told stories, I’ve never done that before. I feel so happy because I get to play with my friends. I like it when an adult helps me and sees what I have made” - Aria (Year 1 Girl)

We would like to say a very big Thank you to 'Juice Electrical Supplies Ltd' for donating supplies for our Forest Schools project.