Woodland Adventure

Adventurous Forest School Education for Primary Schools

We run a progressive scheme of Woodland Adventure work over the 4 years from KS1 through to Y3, combining the best of the Forest School ethos with the Exploration Society’s expertise in outdoor education. Our program aims to foster resilient, confident and creative learners through regular visits to an outdoor environment. We also design more advanced sessions for Y4 and Y5.

Sessions Overview

The detail of each Woodland Adventure session will depend on the group of children and will allow for spontaneity and child initiated activities. Between den building, woodland crafts, treasure hunts, storytelling, stealth games, bug hunts, survival skills, we’ll never run out of things to do.

Schools can choose how many sessions they wish us to run each season/term. We are also happy to discuss how our sessions might be tied into the class topic for each half term. This gives children of different styles, the opportunity to grasp and develop understanding in a new way.

Each session, or group of sessions, is governed by a narrative and is made up of three parts; a journey, a craft and a game. Please click the link below to see example lesson plans and see how we do outdoor learning.

Woodland Adventure Example Lesson Plans

Locations and Leaders

Our Woodland Adventure program can be run in any outdoor setting whether a green area of a school site or a local park. As much as possible we try to use woodland locations and we can work with schools to find appropriate sites. The majority of our sessions take place in a secluded area of Wimbledon Common.

Our Woodland Adventure sessions are lead by qualified and experienced staff, including level 3 Forest School leaders, outdoor instructors with a wide variety of NGB qualifications and qualified teachers. All of our staff are First Aid trained.

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Educational Benefits

  • Being immersed in a natural environment offers stimulus for all areas of development and all learning styles, visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Children are actively involved simply by being in the rich, changing environment. In short, many of the factors that are said to be key to accelerated learning occur spontaneously on our sessions!
  • Provides opportunities which inspire exploration and curiosity. This in turn encourages children to become motivated to learn independently both in and outside the classroom. Similarly children are encouraged to ‘do and review’ giving them skills to assess their own learning and experiences.
  • With a focus on teamwork and respect, classes and groups have the opportunity to develop new social dynamics. Levels of communication, empathy and wellbeing soar.
  • Our sessions provide a wealth of material which teachers can use in classroom lessons, continuing an exploration of what children have shown interest in in the woods. Likewise we are able to plan curriculum based learning into sessions.
  • With our hands off approach the children find the opportunity to grow and develop and many teachers find themselves surprised by the new roles the children adopt in our sessions.

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