Forest SchoolBook Now
Covid – 19
Obviously things are slightly different at the moment during this Pandemic, as will all other sectors these sessions have to abide by government guidelines regarding handwashing, social distancing, cleaning shared surfaces.
Currently Wild Inspired is only working within Schools, we are waiting for land owners to allow us to resume courses as the government restrictions allow, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
Wild Inspired’s Forest School sessions can be delivered in one of two local woodlands around Swindon in Wanborough or Purton or a visit to your school can be arranged. Even with limited outdoor space, sessions can be tailored to suit your needs.
Forest School encourages child led learning and planning through self initiated play. Aimed at developing, amongst other things, self confidence, communication, social interaction, speaking and listening, concentration and creative thinking skills whilst encouraging an empathy with nature.The activities Forest School offers help improve gross and fine motor skills, encourage independence and assess awareness of risk taking, as well as improving a child’s knowledge of the natural environment. Activities can be linked with your curriculum, and sessions cover Early Years to KS4.
- Nature Trails
- Natural Arts & Crafts
- Woodland Games
- Dens, Shelter and furniture building
- Woodcrafts (such as making whistles or benches, toys)
- Knowledge of Trees and Nature
- Primitive Skills tools & fires
- Team Building Activities
- Fire Safety and Cooking Over a Fire
Forest School aims to get children to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather, and make the most of what nature has to offer. Even on a cold winter’s day, Forest School sessions can run, making the most of the season.
Children are taught safe techniques for using woodland tools, such as loppers and bow saws. They are often used in pairs, encouraging communication, cooperation and respect. They are also taught how to have a safe and responsible attitude towards fire, which is slowly introduced over the course of the sessions, building up to cooking a meal.
Children get the most out of Forest School in small groups for a minimum of 6 x 2 hour regular sessions in a natural setting to see the changes of a season, feel comfortable within the outdoor setting and begin to find themselves.
In Addition to Forest Schools
Wild Inspired can offer half and full day sessions, after-school clubs and Saturday clubs and workshops
Home Education Wednesdays – Woodland ExplorersBook Now
Home educated children can join us in the woods to mix with others and learn about the natural environment through woddland art and craft, play and exploration. Run by 2 qualified Forest School Leaders the children spend a full day in the woods with a day filled with activities within Warneage Woods, Wanborough. Sessions run 9.30-3.30 for ages 5+
We have the freedom to explore 40 acres of native woodland, with occasional visits to alternative sites to vary the experience. We have a barn to protect us in the event of bad weather, natural features such as ponds, streams and fallen trees to explore. We use woodland tools, make crafts, learn conservation skills,, map reading and orienteering, cook and share experiences around campfires, play games, team building activities, and much more. Not just a taster but taking the time to learn, revisit and develop these skills.
Children are asked to bring a hearty packed lunch, Snacks and change of clothes whilst being prepared for weather nature might have in store for us
Cost is £28 per child, spaces are limited.
Sign Up for a taster session – firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland Learning / One-Off Events
Wild Inspired also offers woodland learning sessions which are aimed at short-term or one off sessions, These are more Skills based sessions using tools and learning about nature. These are not Forest Schools sessions but more focused on a topic linked session tailored to your requirements. (With enough advanced planning we can even cater for coaches)
Additional Services – Have a look at out Archery page
Schools Wild Inspired has worked with include:
St Catherine’s Catholic Primary, Lainesmead Primary, St Bartholemews Primary Academy, Wootton Bassett Senior School, Croft Primary, Hazelwood Academy, Lethbridge Primary, Westlea Primary, Ruskin Juniors, Colebrook Infants, White Horse Federation, Robert Le Kyng Children’s Centre, Mountford Manor Primary, South Marston Primary, Wanborough Primary, Hazelwood Acedemy, St Leonard’s CE Primary Academy, Holy Family, Playsteps preschool, Orchid Vale Primary, Lydiard Millicent Primary, Oakhurst Community Primary, Croft Primary, Uplands School, East Wichel Primary, St Francis CE Primary, Redoaks Primary, White Horse Federation, Royal Wooton Bassett Academy, Grange Federation, Croft Preschool, GreenMeadow Primary, Deanery CE Academy, Catkins Nursery, Croft Preschool, Ridgeway School, Colebrook Infants