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Home Education Forest School

November 8 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Heart of the Woods Forest School

Forest school encourages children to take responsibility for themselves and others, to understand risk and how to make appropriate choices. They will learn to work with others, develop social and emotional skills and resilience.We find that developing these skills and letting the sessions be child led Enables them to complete tasks such as lighting the campfire or cooking their own food upon it. There is lots of fun to be had!

Home education forest school will run fortnightly on a Friday afternoon, 1-4pm.

This is aimed at age 5+ years, allowing us to facilitate different activities and crafts to their relevant age group. As our home education group is a continual programme children progress to using several craft skills and handheld tools may be used depending on age and capabilities (please note parental supervision is required at all times)  we believe this contributes to developing their own autonomy.

Over the next six sessions, we will create a new camp and activities available will include:

  • Habitat creation, ecology and woodland maintenance and mapping.
  • Foraging and outdoor cooking!
  • Knife and tool skills, all are encouraged to work towards our new knife safety award.
  • Tree id, uses and folklore
  • Natural tinders and fire skills
  • Pewter & woodland jewellery making
  • Free play and exploration
  • Lots of team working !

We are also able to offer an opportunity to undertake the John Muir Award within these sessions.


What is the John Muir Award ?

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.

It encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.

The Award is split into 4 sections:

– Discover

– Explore

– Conserve

– Share

The John Muir Trust ask for a commitment of 28 hours for the initial award and as an Award Provider, Heart of The Woods would undertake all necessary admin.

We will provide a record book which is your personal record of your achievements and experiences in meeting the award criteria and for you to keep. Each will be unique and can be used for notes, drawings, painting etc with record book time built into each session for those participating.

The award is suitable for those 7 years and older as individuals, there is also the option for younger members to work towards a family award with parental support.

Certificates celebrate the achievement of each individual and are awarded as each level of the award is completed.

We ask that you come dressed appropriately and prepared for all sorts of weathers. Sensible footwear is essential as there will be walking over uneven terrain.With regards to food we will provide a snack around the campfire but if you have any dietary needs please make us aware prior to the start of the session. We recommend bringing a drink of water as it can get very warm in the woods.

We do have compost loos and baby changing facilities on site.Parking is on roadside near to the entrance to the woods