DEN building, making bug hotels and looking for mini-beasts are among the activities pupils at Mickleton Primary School have enjoyed.

This term, Forest School has been extended to all year groups with the aim of boosting the children’s confidence, problem solving skills and emotional well-being.

Forest School leader Lorna Rawlings said: “Forest School sessions offer the chance for us to take learning out of the classroom and outdoors instead. We’re lucky to have our own forest school on site and have been going out in all weathers.

“Forest School can be particularly effective for pupils who find learning in the classroom challenging. The children love to enjoy adventures like making and using tools, digging in the mud and toasting marshmallows.”

Activities in the outdoor classroom are practical and achievable for the children, including everything from planting flower beds to making stick mobiles, pebble painting and constructing outdoor furniture from pallets. The pupils will be learning how to climb a ladder safely and make a flame without using matches.

Headteacher Tom Roberts said: “It’s been wonderful to see the children’s independence increase as they enjoy outdoor learning. As they become familiar with Forest School we hope they will take their new-found confidence into school and other areas of their lives.”