Pupils from Trent Young’s C of E Primary School have been taking a regular Monday afternoon walk to their Forest School session in the woodland on ECT’s Trent Estate.
The children, aged seven to nine, chose from a range of activities, including bug-hunting, den-building and tree-climbing – the group also made a noughts and crosses game by sawing sticks and lashing them together.
Activities involved teamwork, perseverance and assessing and taking risks. “They choose what they want to do and who they want to do it with,” says their class teacher Lewis Bacon. “So the pressure is very much off and we see a completely different side to some children.
“We are bringing in Forest School for all years, so having ECT on our doorstep and the opportunity to
use its woodland is fantastic.”