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Welcome to Northfield Manor Primary Academy. We are part of Victoria Academies Trust. If you would like to know more about the Trust, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.

Forest School

At Northfield Manor school all classes take part in an outdoor day (Forest School Day) each half term, which usually take place on a Friday.

During the rest of the week groups of children work as a team to complete a programme tailored to their individual needs.


  • Forest schools takes place outdoors
  • Children should be suitably attired and have basic needs met (fed, hydrated and toileted!).
  • Health and safety is always the responsibility of the leader, but slowly, over time, children are introduced to assessing risk and managing their own safety. Anything is possible as long as safeguards and contingencies are in place.
  • Children first play games and join in activities that introduce them to other members of the team. Some groups need a lot of work in pairs before larger group work. Tool use is perfect for building symbiotic relationships between children.
  • Slowly children take ownership of their forest time, beginning with leaders using their suggestions within the session, eventually with groups planning the whole session.
  • Bigger goals or eventual aims are broken down into smaller achievable tasks. Pairs and small groups can even be working on different tasks and it is up to the leader to bring these tasks together to complete the bigger picture.
  • Learning is child led. The leader should enable each team member to work within their level and mood.
  • Individuals and teams are regularly encouraged to feedback on their activity through song, drama, pictures, sculpture, demonstration presentation etc.
  • Completion, achievement and even epic fails can be celebrated, with a focus on what we have enjoyed and learned from our experiences.
  • Sessions should be both regular and long term.
  • Progress of each individual and team as a whole is monitored to insure progress and inform planning.

The animals that can be found in our grounds

These are some of the imagines that have been captured on our trap camera.

Trees and plants that grow in our grounds


Toothed lobes, 1cm long thorns, white flowers, developing into red berries.

Can make wines and jellies.


The leaves have large deep lobes and smooth edges. Catkins to acorns.

Strong timber, acorns can be processed.


Shiny leaves, jagged edges. Catkins to cones.

Timber water resistant.


Six-twelve pairs of oval leaflets.

Feathery flowers to keys.

Wood can be burned when green.

Field maple

Dark and shiny small leaves, with five neat lobes with a few, big rounded teeth. Clusters of flowers to winged keys.

Syrup from sap.


Dark high gloss waxy leaves, often spiky...

Clusters of flowers to red poisonous berries

Decorations & medicines from leaves.


Large heart shaped ‘sticky’ leaves., Clusters of flowers to small brown edible seeds.

Easy to whittle, inner bark used to make rope.

Silver birch

Small, irregularly serrated leaves. Silvery patches of bark. Catkins to small butterfly like seeds.

Bark and dry twigs as tinder, sap good sugar source.

The jury is out...Damson or plum... Either way the fruit makes a nice jam... Leaves are shiny, sticky, oval and serrated.


This has snuck in through a neighbouring garden.

Super shiny, large, waxy, oval leaves with smooth edges.


Horse Chestnut

5-7 individual leaflets, ours have 5 and are hand like. Drop shaped, serrated individual leaves.

Matt colour, conkers in Autumn.


5 distinct lobes to the leaves, 5 veins radiate from the leaf base into the lobes.

The top surface is shiny, the edges are round toothed and wiggly.

‘Helicopter’ seeds in Autumn.