You might be surprised what a days ‘playing’ in the woods can teach youngsters.
For example, simply collecting suitable fire wood & then lighting a fire can teach children about geography, biology, chemistry, physics, maths & fine & gross motor skills. Throw in a little shelter building (PHSE, design & technology, expressive art & design, geography, biology, physics, maths, woodworking, tool use, fine & gross motor skills), then look at water sourcing & purification (geology, geography, biology, chemistry, maths, woodworking, tool use, fine & gross motor skills).
Perhaps your year group is studying literature such as Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, or Daniel Defoe’s classic ‘Robinson Crusoe’; in which case you might want to learn a little about navigation methods (understanding of the world, astronomy, geology, geography, biology, physics, maths, fine & gross motor skills, not to mention history!). We could also learn about foraging, food sourcing & preparation (home economics, PHSE, religious education, geology, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, communication & language, history, fine & gross motor skills).
If these seem a little intense, how about just making a few tree faces (communication & language, expressive art & design, design & technology, PHSE, religious education, geology, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, history, fine & gross motor skills), or perhaps just making a simple Native American Story Stick (creativity, design & technology, creative writing, communication & language, PHSE, religious education, geography, biology, physics, maths, history, fine & gross motor skills).
We can design & run a school visit for your class or year which is specifically tailored to the learning needs of the group, or based around the subjects & themes which they are already learning about in class.
Here’s what previous school groups have said:
Offley Primary School.
“We paid for Forest Skills to come to our school instead of going out on a trip. Our topic was ‘Survival’ and we were focussing on the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. Right from the start, Chris couldn’t do enough for us. He went away and read the book and used this to tailor our Forest Skills experience to exactly what we needed.
As a teacher, I learnt a lot and although I was initially a little nervous about making fire with the children, Chris talked to the children and set up the activities in such a way that they were able to do the majority of activities independently. The children absolutely loved their day and it was lovely to see them rushing out of the school gates with excitement at the end of the day desperate to tell their parents all about it. I would definitely like to work with Forest Skills again in the future and I would highly recommend it for any school.”
– Mrs C.
Offley Primary School, Cheshire.
WASP @ Woodley Primary School
“Thank you so much for today! I was in the office listening to the children going home and telling their parents what a great day they have had. :)”
– S Barton (Manager).