Forest School

In a rapidly changing world, we are now more than ever striving to become more environmentally conscious and promote the health and well-being of all young people. Here at The Dales Federation of Primary Schools, our vision is to develop each individual and guide them in building a positive relationship with the natural world through a tailored Forest School Programme. We are invested in the holistic development of each child and aim to create positive learning experiences by allowing children time and space to initiate their own learning, outside the constraints of a classroom.

Our aim is to foster independence, develop language and communication skills, increase levels of physical activity and emotional well-being and provide opportunities for children to manage their own risks and develop skills that will aid them in every area of their life. We want children to become confident and capable individuals, through discovery, exploration and the richness of enlightening experiences in our beautiful outdoor setting.

Our Forest School Policies can be found here.

Some fantastic artwork created by the children in Peake class using materials found on the forest floor.

The children love the opportunity to explore nature in a safe environment, looking at the human and physical geography of Brailsford, and learning about ways to build bridges across the stream.