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Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School

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Forest Schools

Welcome to our page about Forest Schools. If you would like further information about how we teach Forest Schools in Ironville & Codnor Park Primary School please see the subject co-ordinator Mrs S Castle or contact her via email

Forest Schools

In an age where children have less independence away from their homes, Forest School at Ironville and Codnor Park is an exciting way for our children to gain those special advantages and gain valuable time outdoors, whilst expanding their wellbeing, language and vocabulary at the same time too.

Being able to enjoy the different types of weather means that the children get the chance to explore and understand their surroundings, as well as local habitats and various life cycles no matter what their age or ability.
It’s an ideal opportunity for them to learn about nature, the environment , conservation and even a few practical survival techniques too.

The skill and knowledge base of Forest School is broad and includes subjects from across the curriculum.
As a result, the children have now built their own fantastic woodland space (in what was previously an unusable area), that they care for and maintain themselves.

Each child has proudly played their part in the gardens’ construction and has learned to safely use the tools and equipment, move logs and bark, build dens, grow things, as well as light a fire and toast a marshmallow to perfection.

Forest School continually enthuses and encourages our children to see, hear and appreciate the world around them and allows them to develop and learn independently, as well as a team. Most of all, the children love their Forest School and it is always wonderful to see what fun learning they’ve had and hearing about what they will be up to next.