Nes Bear is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Primary School Teacher with QTS, BA(Hons) Youth and Community Work, John Muir Award Leader, First Aider and has worked in a variety of settings with children and young people since 1999.
Much of Nes’s work has involved working with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and with behavioural difficulties, particularly when working as a social worker and at a PRU. Nes has also worked with children with a variety of additional needs, ranging from speech and language issues to autism and PMLD, ensuring their inclusion. Nes believes that forest school is the ideal setting to help to engage and inspire children and young people to develop both social and academic abilities.
With experience of teaching throughout mainstream primary education as well as in EYFS, primary, secondary and post-16 special schools, Nes has developed a diverse set of outdoor lessons to cover core and foundation curriculum subjects with great success.
Nes also has experience of running courses with adults and families, including women's groups, community groups and friends wanting to learn woodland skills and spend quality time together in a beautiful setting.
Nes is Enhanced DBS Checked, First Aid Qualified, Fully Risk Assessed, Qualified and Insured (Copies of our insurance certificates are available on request).
Forest School can help develop personal, social and emotional skills: independence, self-discovery, confidence, communication and raise self-esteem.
Activities can include:
Making tangible crafts from natural resources to take home; Nature awareness games, which develop movement skills; Using imagination, playing pretend with things they find; Looking for flora and fauna in their natural environment; Using blindfolds to discover other senses, enhancing perception; Learning how to safely use hand tools such as peelers and palm drills; Sawing wood with bow saws and fixed blade saws; Forage, cook and eat as a group; Tying knots to make things work; Making dens; Whittling sticks and making fire, using fire steels.
Nes like to incorporate mindfulness into these sessions whereby participants can further develop connection with themselves and their surroundings.
Nes develops each session to the needs of the group, both in planning as well as being led by curiosity and enjoyment of participants on the day. Sessions are adaptable and participant-led.
Currently, sessions are by arrangement. Nes works with schools, youth groups, community groups and friendship groups and is open to working with anyone wanting a woodland adventure! Please email for information. Alternatively, there is more information at the Bear Forest School site here.
Sometimes Nes offers public sessions, see the schedule or email for details.