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Schools - Learning Through Nature with The Outdoors Project

BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE 

CURRICULUM BASED WORKSHOPS FOR INFANT & PRIMARY SCHOOLS

STUNNING STARTS and FANTASTIC FINISHES or just some sparkle In The Middle of term.  

DID YOU KNOW?   Your school may be eligible for the South Downs National Park TRAVEL GRANT SCHEME. Check your eligibility and you get upto £300 towards your travel costs: http://learning.southdowns.gov.uk/learning/travel-grant/

Workshops can be run on School premises at a local park or Green space or visit our Base Camp, at The Macs Farm, Ditchling, South Downs National Park (parking / toilets)

We also run After School Clubs  – 1 hour, outdoors on school premises (no indoor space required + we have our online booking system (hassle free for the school office)
 

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

We have a dedicated team of qualified instructors, Forest School leaders and Environmental Educators to run full or half day workshops to cover the outdoor elements of your school curriculum. Sessions can be 'off the peg' or planned and adapted to suit your specific needs.

Location:

Sessions can either be in your school grounds, a local park or our countryside Base Camp site in Ditchling. Base Camp is part field, part woodland with a permanent outdoor classroom, fire pit, parachute shelter for rainy days, parking for coaches, toilets and plenty of space for exploring, learning and adventures!

Topics:

  • Stunning starts’ such as Iron Age Survival sessions to begin your termly topic

  • Science-related workshops - Senses, Seasonal changes, Plants, Living things and their Habitats, Minibeasts

  • PE – outdoor and adventurous activities such as shelter building, orienteering, problem solving, team building

  • Survival skills - bushcraft, fire lighting, shelters

  • History – Celtic life skills, Iron Age Survival, Explorers

  • Art - seasonal colours, natural art, art in the environment
  • Topic-based - e.g. Big, bad wolf - shelter building skills for little pigs!

  • Forest School - See below

  • Bespoke - Please talk to us about any other topics we can help you with

 

Inset Training

An Introduction to Outdoor Learning - Wed 28th September 2016.

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Mac's Farm, Ditchling

Cost: £28 per person

Content:

Activities and ideas to inspire 'Learning Outside the Classroom' - scientific thinking and enquiry - trees as a model for learning - Senses in the environment

Contact us HERE for more information or to book your place.

**This course can also be offered as a whole staff Inset at your School**

 

Forest School

What is Forest School?

The first Forest School was launched in the UK in the 1950s, inspired by the ‘nature nurseries’ that already existed in Sweden. This ‘outdoor’ approach to learning and play can have a great effect on the natural development of children, helping with social skills, confidence, learning capacity, problem solving skills and emotional well-being. Not to mention the added benefit of Forest School children being out in the open air surrounded by nature rather than being confined to a classroom.

With long-term, regular access to nature and the outdoors, it has been proven that children are happier, less likely to be off sick, develop better levels of concentration, are less stressed and irritable, more respectful and have a high capacity to work in groups.

Many of the Forest School principles are very similar to ours, which is why The Outdoors Project now has a dedicated Forest School team led by Katie Scanlan.

Katie is a passionate and enthusiastic environmental education teacher who organises and runs tailor-made, curriculum-led workshops for schools across the UK.

How does it work?

Forest School is a long-term, child-led approach to learning. We recommend a minimum programme of six to ten weekly sessions. 

This is designed to allow children to become familiar and comfortable with the Forest School concept, natural setting and the new experience of learning outdoors. Sessions usually last two hours per week, and take place on the same day, at the same time, to establish a set routine.

The cost is £130 (+ VAT) per two-hour session – classes can hold a maximum of 32 children per session. However, sessions and price plans can be adapted to suit your individual needs and budgets.

Due to the child-led ethos of Forest School, session content is reviewed weekly and adapted according to the needs and interests of each particular group of children. Activities are reintroduced each week to allow children to continue their learning from the previous session and move on to new activities in their own time.

Sessions can take place in your school grounds or a local park or green space, and can be planned to suit your curriculum needs. The content of each session will vary depending on the year group, season, topic and the needs and requirements of each school.

Please contact us here to arrange a meeting to discuss your specific requirements.

Customer Reviews

Thank you for organising a great day yesterday. All the children had a fantastic time and loved all of the activities. It has inspired them all to want to spend more time outside and some of them are trying to persuade their parents to take them camping!" Miss Forbes – Winslow, Year 6 teacher, Saltdean Primary School

"We were very impressed with our visit to Mac's Farm. You were all very organised, helpfully meeting us from the coach, leading the activities in a fun and informative way and generally providing a great experience for the children! Thanks so much for a great day from us and the children." Hannah Radford, Year 2 teacher, Brunswick Primary School

"My children enjoyed forest School immensely and learnt a great deal about their environment and the need to work cooperatively. They learnt about the different plant life and could identify different trees and leaves and were amazed at the variety of fauna living so close to their classroom. They now show even more respect and understanding of their local environment. It was a great experience!"   Mr Leinster, Year 4 teacher, Buckingham Park Primary School

Iron Age Survival Workshops: Were the activities suitable and relevant to your requirements?

Yes, very much so. The children learnt a great deal about what they would need to survive in the wild!Mr Holister, Year 5 leader. Hove Junior School.

 

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