Outdoor Learning

Forest School and Duke of Edinburgh

Our Forest School Project

Winter News from Forest School


Outdoor Learning has really taken off this half term at North Ridge! Even in the super-cold weather, we’ve managed to get out, explore and see the changes happening to our environment outside of school. We’ve seen what happens to water when it freezes, experienced the difference between light and dark, and looked at how our own body heat can melt frost to make patterns.

Sometimes though, the weather has just been too cold, wet or windy (and sometimes all three!) to go out in, so we decided instead to bring the outdoors… indoors! We collected lots of natural resources, and came up with ways for our pupils to use them in their Maths and English lessons. We also turned logs into Remembrance Day poppies, Christmas baubles, and Butterfly Calendars.

We have begun to implement a Forest School at North Ridge Community School. We are currently constructing an outdoor area where we can enjoy Forest School activities such as;

  • Campfire Cooking
  • Using kettles
  • Safe use of tools

Take a look at what Moon Class have been doing in the Forest School Project.




Duke of Edinburgh

All Duke of Edinburgh students have been hands on helping to  develop the forest school and  create an outdoor leaning area that everyone can enjoy.

Expedition training has been delayed due to Coronavirus.

Previously, Slver students have taken part in first aid training and have learnt how to perform emergency CPR, well done everyone.

 Previous years

The Duke of Edinburgh programme has been running for a number of years and in the past our students have achieved Bronze and Silver Awards. We are proud to announce that six of our students achieved their full Gold Award.

Congratulations to six post 16 students who have successfully completed their Gold Award.

They spent four days and three nights camping and walking on average 10 miles per day in and around the area of Ripon which is in North Yorkshire. Also included was a field study on Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water garden.

We are extremely proud of this achievement especially when they went to Holyrood House in Edinburgh to receive their award.

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