Forest Schools

Forest School Accreditation - Elder Award Status

The work of NIFSA (Northern Ireland Forest School Association) is constantly developing and this year they have introduced three accreditation levels for Forest Schools to work on. Today, with the work we've already completed, we were accredited with the 'Elder Award Status.' 

Hopefully, by the end of the year, with the development of our own Forest School P4 Curriculum and aiding in the training and development of Forest School in other schools, we will achieve 'Birch Award Status' and then 'Oak Award Status.'

We'll keep you posted.

P4 Forest School 2 - Polar Animals


Primary 4 braved the elements of Storm Ciara and still went outside to complete another Forest School Lesson. Today, the children worked in groups to create an image of a Polar Animal using natural materials, which fits into our current World Around Us Topic, 'A Changing Blue Planet.' 

As you can see from the picture above, the majority of the children loved being outside today and created some fantastic pieces of art.

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Forest School for Channel 5 News

Brian Poots, Director of NIFSA, got in touch with us last week and asked could he, along with the Channel 5 News Team, come out to observe a Forest School Lesson. We decided to take a Primary 6 class outside, with the task being to create an art picture relating to a World Around Us Topic from this year. 

As you can see from the pictures, the children's art work showed viking related themes and Fair Trade. The children worked brilliantly together and from the evaluation is was evident that the majority for children loved their Forest School Session.

P4 Forest School 1 - Perimeter Walk

Today saw the start of Forest School for some of our current P4 children. Straight after break time, we put on our wellington boots and coats and went on a perimeter walk. The children walked over all sorts of ground, and helped to pick up litter that they came across. During the evaluation, the children said they had found parts of our school they didn't know existed! It was great to get outside!

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P4 Visit Clandeboye Estate

Primary 4 had a fantastic day on Tuesday 18 June as they travelled to the Clandeboye Estate to become 'Clandeboye Nature Rangers.' When we arrived we had our break, and then walked to the Forest School area. Here we were treated to a range of games and activities. We started off playing a bird calling game, followed by a bug hunt. After this the boys and girls were put into groups of three and created nature pictures.

Next, the pupils were separated into three groups, and worked through stations including creating wood cookies, making smores at the camp fire, and then free time around the Forest School area.

This was our first time visiting Clandeboye, but it certainly won't be our last!

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