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Forest School

Are you looking for a cheap yet worthwhile PPA solution? 

I am offering Forest School sessions for a class of 30 within your school grounds for only £100 per session.

I bring all resources with me, all you need to do is supply 1 LSA. I can even help set up a Forest School area within your grounds.

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History…

Forest School HampshireForest School is an inspirational process that has been developing in Scandinavian countries since the 1950’s but only made its way over to Britain in the mid 1990’s.

Its basic aim is to connect children and adults with nature whilst supporting their social, emotional and physical development.

Forest School sessions aim to provide children and adults the opportunity to achieve and develop self-esteem through hands-on learning and play.

Activities during Forest School sessions may include shelter building, fire lighting, using tools, outdoor cooking, games and self-led discovery.

The role of the Forest School leader is to facilitate the learning styles and interests of the individual to maximise their experience.

The setting for traditional Forest School, as you’d imagine, is in woodland. However, my aim is to make Forest School accessible to all by adapting it for use in a variety of settings.

Traditional…

If you have access to woodlands and permission to use it then I can offer a more traditional Forest School experience. This will usually be blocks of 5 or 6 sessions for up to 15 children at a time. Each session will last around 2 hours and include a drink and healthy snack.

Having a series of Forest School sessions means that children can really build upon their confidence and knowledge. It is also great for me and helping adults to get to know the children. This means that we can fully understand what motivates them and how best to extend their learning.

  • Setting: Woodland or other wild spaces
  • Ratio: 1:5
  • Group Size: 15
  • Age Range: Y2 upwards
  • Session Length: 2 hours

Alternative…

Forest School HampshireIf a school has access to woodlands or other wild spaces then great, but I realise that some schools don’t. This is why I have adapted elements of Forest School so that it can be taught almost anywhere, including school playing fields or playgrounds.

Children can still make shelters, use tools, cook and even practice fire lighting. So long as they are outdoors playing, learning, communicating, problem solving and getting hands on, then they are still achieving Forest School aims.

The sessions are more structured than traditional Forest School and may follow a theme such as snake catcher Brusher Mills, or animal homes, or making woodland products.

My version of Forest School allows a whole class to take part. The sessions will be split into 3 activities on a rotation. You can choose from one activity to be led by myself and two other activities to each be led by a teacher/ TA/ adult helper.

This is an example of what an Alternative Forest School Workshop might look like when based around a particular theme:

Traditional Tales (KS1)

Take inspiration from a Forest School workshop to kick-start a Traditional Tale topic. This could lead onto a variety of writing back in the classroom, such as instruction writing or persuasive writing.

Make bread on the camp stove for Little Red to take to her granny

Build a new shelter for the 3 Little Pigs

Make giant leaves for Jack’s beanstalk

Please be aware that starred* activities take longer to complete. If you would like to do a starred activity I would recommend only picking one other activity from the Teacher/TA/adult helper column.

I will explain how to run the activities during my pre-visit (where possible) and again on the day.

  • Setting: School grounds
  • Ratio: 1:10
  • Group Size: 30
  • Age Range: Y2 upwards
  • Session Length: 2 hours

See below for list of activities.

Led by The Learning Ranger

Fire Lighting
Learn about fire safety and how to start a mini-fire using different techniques, e.g. fire steel, bow drill, wire wool & battery

*Structured Shelter Building
Learn the importance of shelter and a few basic designs, e.g. tarp tents, A-frame, wigwam, lean-to. Then give it a go.

Using Tools
Learn how to safely use tools such as bow saws, palm drills and gimlets to make a woodland product, e.g. name disc, alder bracelet, wooden coaster

*Survival Bracelet (upper KS2)
Make your very own paracord survival bracelet using the Cobra Knot. Includes buckle.

Camp Cooking
Mix, peel, chop and cook! Make Bannock bread, crumble, soup, etc. using a rocket stove

Knife Skills (upper KS2)
Learn safe knife skills and make a handy woodland product, e.g. tent peg, feather stick, butter knife

Led by Teacher/TA/Adult Helper

Woodland Craft
Woodland crafts inspired by nature, e.g. Stickman, peg butterfly, willow leaf, clay hedgehog and sock minibeasts

Animal Senses Trail
Learn about animal senses and adaptations  by playing fun games, e.g. badger sniff, mole walk, nutty squirrel, woolly worms

Team Building
Boost morale in the camp and learn the importance of working together by trying out team building games, e.g. gutter ball, break the code and crocodile river

Water Filter Challenge
Learn about the importance of safe drinking water. Try to clean some disgusting ditch water using plastic bottles and natural materials. Who can make the best filter?

Messy Shelter Building
Use your own imagination and lots of different materials to come up with a unique (and sometimes messy) shelter

Knot Tying
Learn different knots by using a picture guide and rope board.

Survival Day

Within your school grounds or other private property you could have a whole day dedicated to learning survival skills.

The Learning Ranger Survival Day covers all the basics that a person would need if they became stranded in the wilderness.

Spend the morning building messy shelters that will be judged on how well they keep the occupants safe, dry and comfortable.

The afternoon will include a rotation of survival skills. These might include:

  • Learning what a fire needs to burn and how to start a fire
  • Filtering water using simple household items
  • Making a survival bracelet from paracord
  • Preparing and cooking food over a fire
  • Boosting morale in the camp with team building games.

Finish off the day by sitting around the fire recapping the skills that they have learnt and eating the food they have prepared or toasting marshmallows.

  • Setting: School ground
  • Ratio: 1:10
  • Group Size: 30
  • Age Range: KS2 upwards
  • Session Length: 4 hours

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