Forest School

“The first-hand experiences of learning outside the classroom can help to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. It can also contribute significantly to pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.” Ofsted, 2008

“Outdoor learning can benefit pupils of all ages … enriches the curriculum and can improve classroom attainment”
House of Commons Education and Skills Committee

“A great deal of care and attention has been given to the understanding of individual children’s learning styles.  Lessons have been appropriately differentiated / planned; good progress and outcomes”  (Headteacher feedback)

School sessions are delivered to suit the needs of the group. Nes’s experience of working with both primary and secondary children, children with behavioural and emotional challenges and gifted and talented children means that she knows that learning needs to be constantly adapted to suit the individuals.

Forest School can help develop personal, social and emotional skills: independence, self-discovery, confidence, communication and raise self-esteem.

Sessions can involve a variety of activities that support the National Curriculum in core and foundation subjects at all levels. Many people think that Forest School would only appeal to Key Stage 1, but Nes has lots of experience in delivering outdoor learning in KS2 and KS3 too.

A forest school course would usually be a minimum of 6 sessions to give ample opportunity for participants to benefit fully from the experience.

What do the children do?
Some of the activities will always be available, but Forest School is child led, and allows them to participate in what they are most interested in. Sessions can also be tailored to fit with a topic (such as Vikings) or a book (such as Kensuke’s Kingdom) to give focus and hands-on experience to take back into the classroom.

Activities can include:
Making tangible crafts from natural resources to take home.
Nature awareness games, which develop movement skills.
Using imagination, playing pretend with things they find.
Looking for flora and fauna in their natural environment.
Using blindfolds to discover other senses, enhancing perception.
Learning how to safely use hand tools such as peelers and palm drills.
Sawing wood with bow saws and fixed blade saws.
Forage, cook and eat as a group.
Tying knots to make things work.
Making dens and tracking animals.
Whittling sticks and making fire, using matches and fire steels.

Bear Forest School provides:
Nes Bear, Forest School Practitioner L3, QTS
Public liability insurance
Risk assessments
Equipment
Planning meetings with Head and class teacher
Induction for staff, volunteers and children
Bear Forest School Handbook

Requirements of the school:
One member of staff (this may vary depending on size of group/ ratio)
Group of 15 children (this could be increased with increased members of staff)
Children to attend ready for the outdoors (wearing warm clothes, wellies and waterproofs)
Transport to site (if not on school grounds)

Cost

  • A 2.5 hour session is £100 (unless a block booking of 4+ sessions is made and then it is £80 per session). A full day would count as two sessions.
  • We reserve the right to change prices for future bookings
  • Funding can sometimes be available for schools – Please ask and we can point you in the right direction
  • Pricing for after school clubs can be negotiated, depending on timings and number of children. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
  • Discounts apply for block bookings of multiple sessions. (Prices may vary depending on what package best suits your school).

Please get in contact to discuss options.

Nes is Enhanced DBS Checked, First Aid Qualified, Fully Risk Assessed, Qualified and Insured. All of our workers hold current DBS certificates.
Copies of our insurance certificates are available on request.