What We Offer
Our Home Education Groups are perfect for children who love the outdoors! These sessions are for children who are educated at home.
Our experienced forest school leaders plan exciting sessions, incorporating a variety of skills from tool work, den building, camp fires and much more!
Our home Education groups are based at Wood Lane Countryside Centre S6 5HE. With access to fantastic grounds, pond and bees, as well as utilising the local woodlands at Rivelin and Loxley Valley, we have endless opportunities to learn about the environment around us, and get connected with the natural world.
Tuesdays 9.30-3.30 - Ages 5-12 Years
All of our sessions provide snacks that consider all dietary and allergen needs and requirements.
Why Forest School?
What skills can your child learn from being at Forest School?
Nature and the Environment:
Your child will be experiencing the world in its natural form, watching the changes of the seasons with their own eyes, and making sense of it in their own unique way.
Positive and Healthy Enquiry:
We encourage children to question and debate about what they discover, and lead their own enquiries into things they find interesting. This gives children practice with their own voice and the skill to reason and make sense of things from what they have discovered themselves.
Our sessions encourage team work and give children the opportunity to explore friendships and developing social skills. Friends who forest school together...stay together!
The nature of Forest Schools exposes children to a variety of physical stimulation and challenges. With sensory experiences from the weather, and the ever changing natural environment, children develop a strong connection with their own abilities and also with the natural world.
Maths, literacy and science should not be confined to a classroom. These subjects are woven into every aspect of our everyday lives, and we encourage children to gain understanding and use of these core subjects from a practical and real life perspective.
Self care, confidence and wellbeing:
In a tough world, it is so important to realise one's own worth, value and place. Our sessions are dedicated to drawing out children's true self and ability, facilitating self love and providing the space that is needed for a healthy and happy mind. With so much research evidencing the benefits of nature immersion and positive wellbeing, it is clear to see why Forest Schools is gaining popularity.
Why not try one of our Home Education groups?
To register your interest in our Home Ed Groups, click the button below!
Types of Membership
What is included? - Ideal for families wanting to guarantee a place for the whole academic year. -9.30am-3.30pm sessions - A place on our Forest School sessions for the whole academic year. No need to re-book. Childcare vouchers can be used
What is Included? - Ideal for families wanting to commit for a whole term, but not the whole year. - 9.30am-3.30pm sessions - A place on our Forest School Sessions for a 12-week term
Childcare vouchers can be used (Admin fee will be charged) - Booking for each term membership will be available on our booking site 1 month before the term.
We have devised a Forest School Curriculum for the whole year for your child to have access to:
Autumn Term: Spark Curiosity
Each learner will be assigned a key person who will be their main adult advocate while at Forest School. This person will observe their learners and provide learning experiences that foster any interests they may have. As learners and staff become more familiar with each other and the expectations, we will begin to introduce more risky play experiences, such as tool work and fire lighting.
Spring Term: Facilitate Curiosity
Learners will have an opportunity to further explore working with tools and building and maintaining fires. We will focus on the safety and risk management elements of these activities and demonstrate the steps learners can take to further their knowledge and understanding of their interests. We will also provide the opportunity for team building experiences to help create a strong community of learners with the tools to navigate complex peer relationships.
Summer Term: Deepen Curiosity
Learning will shift at this stage from being facilitator guided to independent. Leaders will still be there to support learners with their projects and explorations, encouraging them to trust in their own abilities to find the resources they need. At the end of this term, we will hold an alumni feast where learners can demonstrate the skills they have learned and share with the Home Education community their experiences. Children on a yearly membership will cover all 3 areas of the curriculum. Children on a termly membership will join onto the curriculum of which term they join. Our aim is to guide and facilitate a love of learning, sparking imagination, and deepening the knowledge that the explorers already have through interaction with nature!
Assessments, learning and observations
Learners will have the opportunity to participate in long-term, short-term, group and individual projects focused on Forest School skills. These projects include flora and fauna identification, woodland management, tool mastery, fire mastery, and shelter building. These projects will provide further structure and guidance to the learning process and will be based around the learner’s interests.
Feedback and Assessments
Each learner will be given a journal that will stay at Forest School until the end of the term. This journal is a space for both learners and their key person to reflect each week and write or draw about their experiences. The journal will provide qualitative documentation of the progress they have made throughout the term. At the end of each term, staff members will complete an assessment sheet for each learner. This assessment considers the holistic development of the learner, highlighting their abilities physically and socially, as well as their self-esteem, emotional intelligence, motivation and persistence, and knowledge and understanding, with statements demonstration how learners love them self, each other, and the world.