Independent Forest School Practitioners in Derbyshire

Fish in a Tree is born from a passion for learning, playing, imagining, exploring and discovering outdoors. Based in Derbyshire, our imaginative Forest Schools experiences cater for a range of groups and ages. We offer a wide variety of creative and multi-sensory outdoor adventures, and go out of our way to understand the attributes of the individuals taking part;  enabling them to discover their full potential, and making their experiences meaningful and memorable.Our activities help to nurture a connection with the natural world, and develop confidence, self-esteem, communication, co-operation and problem solving skills. Our Literacy in the Leaves and Story Book Experiences are aimed at Y2+ educators who want to integrate outdoor literacy into their practice, resulting in proven positive impact on children’s literacy development. We believe that children’s writing flourishes when it is experiential, relevant and fun; teaching literacy using the outdoors as a stimulus is an invaluable vehicle for achieving this.

We also offer regular Forest Schools sessions throughout the year and can help you to develop an outdoor learning/ Forest Schools area in your grounds.      

Chris Ellison -I am a level 3 qualified forest school practitioner, and have been working in schools in the Glossop area for the last 2 1/2 years. I have delivered sessions right across the primary age range from reception through to year 6, taking whole classes covering PPA, and smaller mixed age groups. These sessions have been in different locations varying from a school with its own woodland to others with a couple of trees, or in one case a particular thick privet hedge. Prior to beginning forest schools I was a full time classroom teacher qualifying in 1996, and have taught in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

If you would be interested in having Forest School sessions in your school, please contact me Chris Ellison on 07473850456 or by Email on and I would be happy to discuss your requirements, and what provision I could offer.

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Inspiring Outdoors offers freelance environmental education and consultancy to schools including Forest Schools in your school grounds and beyond.

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