Wild Wood Activities believes in developing practice, building on skills and learning new skills to keep knowledge and enthusiasm up to date. Whether you are a Forest School Assistant, Practitioner, trainer, outdoor play and learning provider, youth worker or even simply interested in the opportunities offered in the outdoors, we hope we will have something useful here for you. To book on any of our workshops, please contact to check availability and complete and return the booking form along with payment. We are offering a 10% discount when you book two or more of our CPD training days. The cost per workshop day is £80 per person.
Workshops 2016: (all run 9.15am-3.15pm)
Outdoor Mathematics- Friday 26th February at Tansley wood scout hut, Matlock
A one day course to give you a resources bag full of ideas and activities to take back to school. Maths games and challenges that can and should be done outdoors, on the playing field, on the playground, in the woods, which will stimulate interest and understanding of some of the more abstract mathematical concepts we normally teach in a classroom. Enjoy Messy Maths and the power of mud, sand and sticks, have a go at completing the Twelve Trees Challenge and break and set codes in your search for real woodland treasure before taking your maths to the next musical level by getting involved in the woodland symphony as you connect fractions to time signatures to drumbeats!
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with primary age children, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and maths support staff, Forest School leaders. Activities suited to Key Stage 1-Key Stage 2 and SEN groups.
Exploring the Outdoor Classroom for Early Years- Friday 29th April at Tansley Scout hut, Matlock
A hands on, practical exploration of the natural outdoor environment as a classroom and place for nurturing the learning of children on the early years curriculum. We will look at language development, numeracy, self expression and creativity with young children and how we can best use the outdoor spaces we have available. This day will include looking at engaging the senses and creating spaces, activities for specific skills such as language and problem solving, and using art and imagination to encourage confidence and build self esteem from an early age. We will discuss common barriers to accessing outdoor space and explore ways in which we can overcome them.
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with early years children and parents from 0-5, nursery staff, childminders, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and Forest School leaders. Activities suited to children on the Foundation stage curriculum, babies and toddlers.
Outdoor Science- Friday 6th May at Tansley Scout Hut, Matlock
This one day course is based around taking experimentation, trial and error and our curiosity out of the classroom and into the natural environment where we can give it free reign, and more importantly, make a mess!
As well as the natural sciences which have traditionally been taught at least partly outdoors, we will explore taking the whole science curriculum outside, enjoying games and activities which can help to teach concepts of materials, magnetism and even molecular structures, in wellies and woollies. You will try your hand at a large range of activity ideas and discuss ways to link these back to classroom based outcomes, understanding the benefits hands on practical learning can have for boosting the confidence of all your learners when it comes to understanding science.
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with primary age children, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and science support staff, garden managers, other with a teaching role, Forest School leaders. Activities suited to Key Stage 1-Key Stage 2 and SEN groups.
Outdoor literacy and creative writing- Monday 9th May at Tansley Scout Hut, Matlock
This one day course is aimed at rekindling imagination and looking at practical ways to bring the wonder of the outdoor environment into writing and literacy outcomes at school. We travel through 3 different stories full of mystery, daring and magic, encountering curious puzzles and unexplained occurrences, exploring each one with games, challenges and wordy activities. We map across from each theme to explore how using the outdoors as inspiration will inspire children and teachers to use language creatively in the classroom as well and into other subjects. This course is ideal for teachers looking for activity ideas and ways to use outdoor spaces to impact on their indoor teaching and promote imaginative writing and speaking
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with primary age children, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and literacy support staff, Forest School leaders. Activities suited to Key Stage 1-Key Stage 2 and SEN groups.
Woodland Comprehension- Friday 13th May at Tansley Scout Hut, Matlock
This day is ideal if you would like to brush up your identification skills and gain a little more in depth knowledge about some of the varied flora and fauna to be found in British woodlands and on school playing fields. We use a variety of activities to deepen understanding of the environment around us, as well as exploring the historical and social links we have to woodland environments and how they have shaped our language, our livelihoods and even our cultural practices. You will experience a range of exploration activities which encourage us to look more closely at our surroundings and will take away a range of ideas to use back at school when teaching about heritage and place, to support your learners to better connect to their local environment.
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with children, young people and families, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and Forest School leaders. Activities suited to children at Key Stage 1-adults as adapted by course participants.
Outside Makes Us Happy Inside- Friday 20th May
This course looks specifically at the issues of mental health in children and young people and the use of the outdoors as a therapeutic environment. We will discuss child mental health in a schools and classroom context and how it can impact on a child’s experience of and performance at school. We then explore the benefit of using the outdoor environment as a reflective, safe space, with reference to current research and practice. Participants will learn a range of specific tools and activities to use when working with children on: stress and anxiety management; anger management; recognising emotions and raising self esteem. We also explore easy relaxation techniques and discuss ways to increase access to the outdoors for all children and young people to promote emotional stability and enable learning.
Suitable for: Outdoor activity leaders working with children, young people and families, classroom teachers, teaching assistants, behaviour support workers, inclusion and nurture support staff and Forest School leaders. Activities suited to children at Key Stage 1-adults as adapted by course participants.