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)