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- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

Learning Outdoors

Forest school vision:

Our children take part in forest school sessions each week that start with a ‘spark’, a game or activity linked to a theme, skill or an identified area of the curriculum. The children then explore in their own self-initiated activities, develop skills such as tool use and finally come together at the end of each session to share a campfire snack and reflect on what they have experienced, achieved, tried or improved.

The first sessions for children new to forest school focus on establishing boundaries and routines and developing an environment of trust. Children come together to explore, communicate and work together. How the children respond to the sessions influences future sessions as they follow their interests and ideas and take ownership of what happens. Teachers identify key skills to focus on with individuals, groups or the class and guide children to develop these. The prime aim of forest school is to develop skills of metacognition, emotional wellbeing and communication and language, but class teachers will identify areas of the curriculum that link to the activities.

Forest Schools

Autumn 1

Forest Schools

Autumn 2


Year 1

Year 3



Year 2

Year 6


Eco-school vision:

Classes take part in planned activities that are linked to the Eco-Schools criteria, enhance identified areas of the curriculum or linked to special environmental projects, both national and school-based. The aim of each session is to encourage children to take ownership of the school grounds and become aware of their responsibilities to care for the environment in their locality and nationally.

The sessions are project-based linked to the areas outlined in the Eco School criteria. The projects are planned in line with changing seasons and national events such as Keep Britain tidy litter picks and RSPB bird counts. Links to the National Curriculum for science, geography and DT are also used to design the projects and lessons.

The children build on their experiences term by term and learn about how projects and outcomes develop over time; for example they sow seeds, watch them grow and harvest the vegetables. Class teachers are able to carry on the projects in class or link them to other areas of the curriculum. Recycling paper in class, turning lights of, watering plants and picking up litter will become part of the daily routine in school and ‘what we do’.

Yearly Overview for Eco Schools

Autumn term 

Years 1 and 2  &  Years 5 and 6

Autumn 1

  • Establishing our eco-school code
  • Mapping and assessing our school grounds


Autumn 2

  • Energy studies
  • Read the school meters
  • Switch off fortnight
  • Design and make wind turbines
Project: Improve Our grounds –how can our garden grow? Click here

Project: Switch off! Click here


Spring term 

Years 1 and 2  &  Years 3 and 4

Spring 1

  • Waste management
  • Recycling boxes and stations
  • Waste week
  • Keep Britain tidy litter pick
  • Bird feeders and reusable materials
Spring 2

  • Plant vegetables
  • Develop our gardens
  • Create a herb garden



Summer term 

Years 1 and 2  &  Years 4 and 6


  • Harvesting our fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Make our own soups and dips



Reviews from the Children

Year 6

“The best thing about this school is that our learning is fun and we have lots of trips to new places so we have many new experiences.”

Emily Year 5

“We get to go on great school trips.”

Year 2

“I can make hot chocolate in the woods.”

Year 6

“We learn to build shelters and climb trees.”

Angus Year 1

“I like playing football.”

Owen Year 1

“We get to play outside.”

Year 6

“I think the best thing about Moorside is we have a variety of specialised teachers for specific subjects.”

Freya Year 3

“We’ve got amazing teachers and the best art teacher, PE teachers and every teacher.”

Ben Year 4

“In the morning I'm really excited to see the teachers.”

Jack Year 6

“Your not treated as pupils – your treated as a family.”

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Head Teacher: Mrs C Rowett

School Contact: Mrs J Pawley, School Business Manager

General Email: [email protected]

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