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Forest School thrives at Amberley!

Where better for children to experience the benefits of Forest School activities than the wonderful grounds of Amberley Primary School, at the heart of the National Park and in the beautiful village of Amberley.  

The children at Amberley learn about the environment and explore a range of skills including lighting fires and whittling wood.  Outdoor learning is proven to be good for children’s mental and physical well-being.  The children learn how to collaborate and cooperate and work together as part of a team, they learn how to take risks in a safe environment, and they learn leadership skills and how work together to solve problems.

Children in Year 5 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term in the classroom and were set the task of designing and making a shaduf – an Egyptian device used especially for irrigation in Egypt to raise water from the River Nile. The children used materials which they gathered from the woods including sticks and poles to create a frame which they tied together with string.  They then attached a bucket and worked out how to use the pole to lift the water out of the pond and swing it around before tipping it into an irrigation channel.
“We learnt that it wasn’t easy to get water from the Nile because you would have to build some sort of mechanism and then you would have to filter the water. We learnt that it took lots of people to get the water and that we had to work as part of a team,” said Jack, aged 9.
Forest School is an integral part of the curriculum at Amberley School. To find out more, please visit the school website at