Forest School Projects are an excellent way to build confidence, team work skills and learn about nature
Wild Wood Activities offers a range of Forest School projects depending on the age group. The minimum length of a Forest School project is usually 6 sessions (ie. 6 weeks) to enable to participants to build upon and revisit skills and learning. We offer a Woodland Movers project for 0-5s, Forest Explorers (6-11) and Forest Survivors (11-15).
We are able to tailor Forest School projects to your group’s needs and will work with you to ensure that the group are well prepared for their woodland experience. We have sites which we use, however, we may also be able to offer projects on your site if there is suitable woodland space there, please contact us to discuss. We recommend that the group attend a full day session and the group size to be up to 15 children to facilitate deeper learning.
What might a Forest School Project involve?
A simple answer to that is anything and everything! From hunting dragons and telling stories to learning survival skills and exploring the natural world. Learners may:
What does the Forest School Project cost include?
- A qualified and competent Forest School Practitioner for all sessions with the relevant qualifications including Outdoor First Aid
- All activity planning and delivery and project health and safety paperwork including risk assessments
- Evaluate the sessions and the project in partnership with your setting
- A pre-project planning meeting including meeting the group
- Snack during the session
- Forest Survivor includes an Forest School practitioner
Forest School Projects:
- Movers (0-5 years age group) Code: FSMove
- Forest Explorers (7-12 years age group) Code: FSExplore
- Forest Survivors (max group size 12) Code: FSSurvivors
We can also offer morning and afternoon Forest School sessions and work with 2 groups. For costs, please contact us.
What happens at a Forest School?
The information below gives an indication of the structure of a Forest School session which may differ depending upon time constraints and the group.
- Understanding boundaries and safety: the leader will work with the group on boundaries and on ground rules
- An energiser/ team work/ challenge activity or game
- Skills focus- this could be anything from a wide range of woodland activities
- Snack/ meal and socialising around the fire often with songs, stories and songs
- Game- to bring the group back into the session after lunch
- Free play/ child led learning, exploring and experimenting
- Tidy up- working together to leave no trace
- Review- assessing the session and our learning
Transition activity: The group meet at the beginning of the session and walk into their Forest School site and participate in an activity to get them into a ‘woodland mood’.
What might we do at Forest School?
- Perform stories and create story spaces
- Create woodland art including bark rubbings and sculpture
- Play team-building, problem-solving and, above all, fun games
- Learn basic woodcraft skills using a range of hand tools
- Appreciate natural history through tree, plant, animal and insect identification activities
- Forage for natural foods and, firelighting and campfire cooking skills
- Free play and reflective time in the outdoors
How long are Forest School Projects?
Forest School projects vary in length and time per session depending on group need and, often, timetabling! A six week project is the minimum recommended length for a project.
How do settings timetable Forest School Projects?
Settings use a variety of approaches. Often settings timetable a project to run over a half term. Recommended group sizes for a Forest School session are roughly half a class (up to 15 children depending upon their learning needs), so often half go in the morning and half in the afternoon. It is also possible for a group to attend full day sessions. Many settings also look at how the children can access a Forest School project again later in their school career.
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