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.

We are extremely fortunate to have our own forest within the school grounds at Bradley and access to a local forest a short walk from our school in Brailsford. 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.

“The best classroom is roofed only by the sky” Margaret McMillan (1919)

Little Einsteins exploring the forest for the first time!

What can we find? 

Donaldson Class investigating the forest 

Making bridges across the river 

Collecting alternative materials to make the best bridge