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Earlview Primary School

Council area: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Forest School contact: Daphne Kayes
Main Forest School contact email address: dkayes448@earlviewps.newtownabbey.ni.sch.uk
School website address: www.earlviewprimary.co.uk
Year of Forest School accreditation: 2013

Exploring Background: Earlview Primary School received training from NIFSA in 2012-13. Daphne Kayes and her class visited Mossley Mill Woodland over a number of months. The children all loved it and it everything could be related to the Curriculum. Daphne qualified as a Forest School Leader in May 2013. Earlview Primary School is registered for the NIFSA Nature Ranger Scheme every year. " I am so glad I have this wonderful way to teach at my disposal!!" says Daphne. Mrs Rachael Dennison is also a qualified Forest School Leader and regularly leads the Foundation Year in outdoor activities.

Earlview Forest School setting: We take great pride in our grounds and make a real effort to ensure that they look well during all four seasons of the year. For our Forest School sessions we visit Mossley Mill Woodland at least 6 times a year. Here the children get the chance to explore and get hands on with nature. We have invested money to make our outdoor areas great for learning and use them regularly. Our commitment to conservation is evident in our willow dome, pond with frogs and goldfish, a Conservation Garden with herbs and seating, eating apple and plum trees, vegetable plots, pots at the front door and shrubs and plants throughout the site. We have a gardener who comes in weekly and works hard to keep Earlview looking spectacular. We have also secured Awards for All funding in 2017 to develop the school grounds further.

Read an evaluation of the NIFSA Forest School Programme for Earlview Primary School


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