Our bespoke Forest School delivery & staff training will enhance your school in helping pupils develop resilience, self-confidence and communication skills. Sessions will always meet the needs of ‘character education’ by developing inquiring minds and an aptitude to problem solving. We specialise in the delivery of the following themed areas:

  • Stone Age & Early Cultures
  • Bushcraft & Young Woodlorian Leaders
  • Tree Habitat & Nature Studies
  • Woodland Willow Sculptures – BIG ‘n’ small
  • Gruffalo, Fairies & Elves, Going on a Bear Hunt, Stick-Man…
  • All sessions & activities are tailored made following an initial visit to your school to ascertain your  needs
  • There are numerous themes which we can deliver – so speak to us please, we’re here to help & our delivery approach is extremely flexible

WHAT IS OUR FOREST SCHOOL ETHOS?

The Forest School ethos was assimilated into English teacher training from the early 1990’s, following a visit to Denmark by a group of lecturers from Bridgewater College seeking out good children’s centre practice. The term is a uniquely English one, there is no such term in Denmark, where ‘skovgruppe’ (forest or wood groups), ‘skovbornehaver’ (forest or wood kindergarten) or even ‘naturebornehaver’ (nature kindergartens) exist. Within such settings young people are provided with the freedom to roam, play and experience for themselves the full extent of the forest environment, whilst being guided by pedagogues during this interaction. The support and encouragement offered to the young people enables the development of their understanding of risk taking and dealing with challenges; engendering a ‘can do’ attitude. The whole ethos of social pedagogy as expounded by the likes of educationalist thinkers such as Rousseau, Froebel, Pestalozzi, Dewey, Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Goleman, Gardner and Csikszentmihalyi results in a holistically rounded person. It is this ‘rounded’ person that WildWood strives to foster through their experiences of our ‘woodland classrooms’. These experiences help to develop: improved motor skills (walking on uneven terrain, using saws, knives or hammers), becoming responsible for their own actions (getting wet), carrying out Environmental Studies (planting out meadow/hedgerow plants or trees, digging up their own grown produce), discussing local history (through shared community history), learning survival techniques (making a shelter or fire lighting), becoming independent (gathering own kit together for a hike) or learning simple navigation (by recognising spacial patterning, where the wind blows from, where the sun is in relation to them each day). Whilst undertaking our forest based sessions, your learners, be they, suffering from illness or learning difficulties and disabilities will realise an increased positive mental attitude; an improvement in their overall health; better co-ordination, dexterity, manipulation & strength; a quicker problem solving aptitude, better team work & self-regulation; a sense of intrinsic motivation, emotional & social skill awareness; independence of mind; increased imagination & creativity; positive reinforcement and a feeling of separateness & yet being at one with nature. Our aim at WildWood is to nurture happy & self reliant young people who will eventually move out into our wonderful great BIG WORLD! and most importantly, by having FUN in the process!

• L3 Forest School, L3 Social Forester, L3 Bushcraft & ArcheryGB qualified
• Social Pedagogue trained & DBS checked
• Insured to work on our site or yours with £5M Public Liability
• Qualified 16 hour Outdoor First Aiders
• Members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning
• Undertake risk assessments for all activities

“Forest schools can have a profound and positive effect on the way children and young people relate to each other and the world around them”  Forest Research

To book a Forest School session and to discuss your particular requirements contact Nick or Tim

nick@wildwoodoutdoors.co.uk
• Forest School
• Woodland parties
• Bushcraft
• Wild play
• Environmental education
• Outdoor Adventure
• Campfire cooking
• Natural art and crafts
• Green woodworking

“It’s fun but it’s learning, it’s learning but it’s outdoors”

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