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Forest Schools

The children, parents and staff at Northwick Park Primary Academy have worked incredibly hard to develop their own unique Forest School site which is held within the school grounds. All Forest School staff are level 2/3 trained and have an up to date first aid certificate.

“Forest School offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the outdoors in a way that facilitates their holistic development and fosters their growth as confident and competent learners.  It also encourages healthy habits and lifestyles.”  (Knight 2009).

A session provides the children with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.  It focuses on a learner centred approach, where children can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk.

During 2018/2019, Reception and Years 2, 5 and 6 all have access to Forest School whilst taster sessions are offered to all other year groups.

Timetable  Spring  2018/19


Mrs Moore – 11,18,25 January. 01 February 

Mrs Leader - 08,15 February. 01,08 March

Miss Hurley -15,22,29, March. 05 April (am)

Year 2 

Mrs Gravely –  09,16,23 January. 27 February. 06,13 March.

Mrs Young –  30 January. 06,13, February. 20,27 Mar. 03 Apr.

Year 5 

Mrs Hyde/Clark –  10,17,24,31 Jan.07,14 Feb.

Mrs German – 28 Feb. 07,14,21,28 Mar. 04 Apr.

Year 6 

Mrs Buckle - 10,17,24,31 Jan.

Mrs Evans– 07,14,28 Feb. 07 Mar.

Mr Ridley – 14,21,28 Mar. 04 Apr.

Suitable Clothing (This should be old as we will be going out in all weathers and will get muddy!)

Waterproof/warm coat, hat, gloves,  long sleeve T-shirt, jumper, jogging bottoms/leggings not jeans, wellies or walking boots.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the items above, please contact the class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Forest School Team