Forest Schools

‘Forest school is an inspirational process that offers learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.’ (Forest School Association)

We aim to promote the holistic development in all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

We offer learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.

We believe children should have the opportunity to have regular, long-term access to a natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.

The children involved are given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and the ability to assess and manage risks.

Forest School Sessions

We run ‘Muddy Mondays’ in Reception and ‘Forest Fridays’ in Nursery which the children have really enjoyed getting involved with. The children come to school ready for Forest School and some days need hosing down at the end of the session! 

We have continued to run forest school weekly in to Year 1 and fortnightly in Year 2 this year. 

Tree Planting with our Reception Parents

The Reception children had a brilliant time planting 150 new trees on the school field.  These will build on the ones planted last year and our aim is to create our very own woodland area at the side of our Forest school site. 

The children will be able to enjoy this in years to come and will be able to take pride in the fact that they have played an important part in creating this woodland.  When the Reception children are in Year 6 and getting ready to move on to Secondary school, their trees should be as tall as they are. 

We are extremely grateful to all the parents/carers who gave their time to come in and help the children to plant all of the trees.

‘This is an amazing school: really kind and caring teachers; amazing learning opportunities; lots of help if you neeedd it! There is a range of topics to learn, which are taught to you in fun and easy ways. Mallard Primary School is a really good option for anyone looking for a new school.’

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‘In our school, there are great teachers, great lessons and great dinner options.’

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‘Our school has many positive aspects. The behaviour is outstanding; play-time includes a variety of activities; teachers in the school community offer help and support. This school shows how everyone is treated fairly, equally and this is why I come here!’

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‘Explanations are clear and easy to understand. If your child attends this school, you are giving them the best chance. Mallard has given me everything I need to prepare me for my secondary years.’

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‘Our school is a great place to learn. Everyone in the school is amazing, kind and caring.’

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‘I like using the DT equipment like the wood cutting saws.’

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‘I love maths and PE sessions because the teachers make them enjoyable.’

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‘In our school, the teachers are really great at teaching every subject across the curriculum. The dinner options are a bonus too!’

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‘Mallard Primary School is a great school with plenty of opportunities. The staff are always keeping a close eye on the children to make them safe.’

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‘All lessons come with full explanations, and the teachers and support staff are there to help and answer any questions.’

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‘School dinners are brilliant, and the kitchen staff are even nicer!’

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‘Mallard Primary School offers a lot of learning opportunities. The teachers are always there to help when there is a student in need.’

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‘I can’t wait for the Year 6 residential trip. I am so excited for this experience!’

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‘I love the science sessions because of the practical investigations.’

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‘Mallard Primary School is the school to choose because the teachers make learning fun (as possible). Additonally, you have many opportunities like signing up for Pupil Parliament, and a range of after-school clubs.’

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