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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

Outdoor Learning

At Northmead we are lucky to have glorious school grounds which offer a rich learning environment for our children. 


'Nature deficit disorder” is a term used in relation to children who have very little contact with the outdoors but instead spend more time being sedentary, indoors and alone.  This can have a detrimental impact on mental and physical health. With this in mind, providing our pupils with opportunities to socialise, be active outside and engage with nature have never been more important. 

Our children enjoy spending time helping with the gardening, attending forest school, tending to our animals, playing in our wooded areas, pond dipping or bird watching.


Positive experiences of nature in childhood have a significant impact on environmental attitudes and behaviours in adulthood. As a school we are trying to educate our children about the importance of protecting our natural world.  We have let some areas of our grounds re-wild in an attempt to encourage more wildlife. 

Our grounds are home to much wildlife including slow worms, squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs and a multitude of different birds (we are especially fond of our resident woodpecker)