Forest School Awards – Northern Ireland wide application form

Applications are now closed for the 2023/24 academic year. They will re-open again in May 2024. Any schools/nurseries that have submitted an application and have not heard if they have been successful or not will be notified in due course. If you have already submitted an application and this was not successful, your application will be carried forward to the next round of applications.

NIFSA have secured funding from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Mid-Ulster District Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Belfast City Council and Drumlin Wind Co-Operative to offer free training and accreditation for schools and nurseries, across Northern Ireland, to gain their official NIFSA Forest School status.
Funding is only available to organisations that are not qualified Forest Schools.

Full of Life Animal Categories List

NIFSA Full of Life Resource

Full of Life Contract

NIFSA Full of Life resource

Full of Life Forest School Meeting Poster

NIFSA Full of Life Resource

Full of Life Owl Says Poster

NIFSA resource

Full of Life Thematic Unit

NIFSA Full of Life Resource

Full of Life They live there

NIFSA Full of Life Resource

Hide and Seek Amnimal reveal guess who

NIFSA Hide and seek thematic unit appendix

Hide and Seek Animal resource cards

Hide and Seek Animal Thematic Unit resources

Hide and Seek Plant spotter bingo

Hide and Seek Plant Thematic Unit Resources

Hide and Seek Thematic Unit

Hide and Seek Thematic Unit main handbook

NIFSA Survival Thematic – Maps

Resource for NIFSA Survival Thematic

NIFSA Survival Thematic Unit

Children within Key Stage 2 stage will investigate, explore and learn about the environment
by utilising and working in a Forest School setting. This may be within their grounds or
forest area nearby. They will meet the objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum whilst
also developing the aims and values of NIFSA.
The children will use the forest to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across
a range of learning areas. The theme allows the teacher a wide variety of opportunities
to connect the learning from the Forest School setting to other opportunities within the
classroom and to make relevant connections across the curriculum