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Forest School at Oxlip wood

Want your children to have mini-adventures in a risk-managed woodland? If so, Forest school sessions at Oxlip Wood might be just what you’re looking for.

Oxlip wood is a private woodland situated just outside the village of Sudborough, between Thrapston and Corby. The 2o acre wood is surrounded by fields and accessed by a long drive leading from the main road to the eastern edge of the wood.

What is Forest School?

Forest School has been defined as “An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment”

Forest education initiative 2005

Forest School is fundamentally about child-led learning, facilitated by adults at a ratio appropriate to the age of the children attending the sessions.

We, as adults, help to give the children starting points, then allow them to engage is various risk-assessed activities appropriate to the environment and their age.

group of children in woodlandOxlip Wood Forest School is all about:

  • Being outdoors
  • Having fun
  • Creativity
  • Independence
  • Self-motivation
  • Problem-solving
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning about woodland environments
  • Developing risk management skills
  • Emotional growth

What happens at a Forest School session?

Each session starts at the woodland circle seating area. Over the following 2 hours the children experience the woodland environment through a mixture of games, stories, creative projects, mini-adventures and physical endeavours!

two girls making a washing line for fairiesAdults are on hand to facilitate and encourage creative activities within an area of woodland that has been managed to reduce potential hazards.

Forest school sessions take place outdoors in all weathers, except when there are high winds which could increase a risk of falling debris from the woodland canopy.

If the weather is wet then activities can continue under various Tarps that will be put in place; making the sessions even more of an adventure. At Forest school there’s no such thing as bad weather, if you’ve got the proper kit!

Safety and First Aid at Forest School

In addition to woodland management to minimise hazards in the Forest School area, site-specific risk assessments will be carried out on the day of each planned session.

First Aid provision will be in place in case of events such as nettle stings, bramble scratches or other accidents. NB. A form regarding medical conditions will be required to be completed for each child attending Forest School sessions.

You can view a copy of our Terms and Conditions. In addition, a copy of our policies regarding safeguarding of children and emergency procedures will be available to view on this website very soon.

About the Forest School Leader

Susan Collini, is a qualified teacher who is presently finishing her training to become a Level-3 Forest School Practitioner.

Susan is fully insured to deliver Forest School sessions and is qualified outdoor environment First Aider. Susan also holds an appropriate Police Disclosures certificate, as required for anyone working with children and adults.

If you have any questions and would like to have a chat with Susan about Forest School sessions at Oxlip Wood you can contact her on 01832 733457 or on 07799 892900

Next Forest School sessions

Family Fun Forest School taster session – Saturday 30th August 1.30 – 3.30 p.m

(£7.50 per child – £5.00 for each additional child from the same family)

Activities will include:

  • Games
  • Nature scavenging
  • Creative activities
  • Woodland exploration

Block of 6 Forest School sessions starting Sunday 14th September 

Running over a 6 week period (14th September to 19th October – (provisionally) on Sundays 10.30 – 12.30

6 sessions is the usual way Forest School works. The idea behind this approach being to help children ‘grow’ their confidence, self-esteem, risk-assessment strategies  and environmental knowledge, through interacting with the same group of children over a 6 week block.

Be the end of the 6 weeks the children should be confident in a range of woodland-based skills, including using various tools to make items out of wood. The children will also be introduced to making and lighting a camp fire (under adult supervision), which will then be used to cook simple camp food.

Forest School activities will include:

  • Games
  • Woodland exploration
  • Den building
  • Learning to use woodland tools safely (age specific)
  • Making things from woodland materials
  • Community camp fire fun
  • Cooking outdoors

Children need to be over 3 for these sessions and if under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or other supervisory adult.

To book or for more information please send your details via the contact page or fill in the short form below and we’ll get back to you.

To enquire about Forest School, either Taster Session or block of 6 sessions, please contact me, Susan Collini, on 01832 733457 or 07799 892900.

Costs

Special offer for our first Forest School block of sessions

Running September 14th/21st/28th, October 5th/12th/19th

6 sessions for £36 per child

(£30 for each additional child from the same family)

two girls standing on woodland rideAdditional information

  • The cost of each session will include a drink and snack.
  • Any child attending Forest School under the age of 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Ratio of adults:children will be appropriate to the ages of children attending the sessions.
  • A list detailing activities and appropriate clothing will be circulated before each session.
  • Signed parental consent for Forest School woodland activities and a completed medical information form will be required, prior to children attending the sessions
  • Payment for sessions will be required in advance.
  • Cancellation, with expectation of refund, must be made within 24 hours of any booked Forest School session.

 

 

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