Outdoor Adventurers’ Education Initiative
September 2017 has seen our popular home ed group grow. Based on the Hinton Admiral Estate we are now offering 2 full days. Each day is split into 2 sessions. The morning session will have a focus, encouraging the children to interact with nature and learn about the world around them. Using a 6m Bell tent (heated during the winter months) as a base for the children’s’ explorations and investigations the children will learn about the seasons, nature, the environment and the world they live in. With so much to explore and enjoy in our large woodland such as our beautiful lake, farmland and different woodland environments the children will continuously be inspired by nature to help grow their natural love for learning.
During the afternoons, we will continue to offer our true forest school sessions. Following the child’s lead, these play based sessions allow children to improve their physical skills, confidence, self-esteem, self-regulation, social skills, intrinsic motivation and co-operation skills. Children will be encouraged to take appropriate risks in their play, through balancing, running, jumping and climbing. The children who attend will have access to a range of tools such as bush craft knives, bowsaws, loppers and drills to allow them to be inventive and creative. Children will also learn a range of bush craft skills and regularly enjoy cooking on a campfire. A few of the other activities will include pond dipping, tree climbing, bug hunting, environmental art, storytelling and games.
As parents and carers, you will be able to follow your children’s adventures with our online observation system. We will take photos throughout the term of what the children have been up to and add them to their online journals.
We run Monday/Thursday (Term Time Only)
Morning Session – 10.00-12.30 £11
Afternoon Session- 12.30-15.30 £11
Whole day- 10.00-15.30 £22
(If these days don’t suit we are looking at a third day to from April 18. Please contact us if you wish to go onto the waiting list).
Daily flow, most days will follow the following rhythm.
|10.00-10.25||Children will move to the woodland. We will check in with the name game. This will also be a chance for any children to share anything they have found, experienced, seen etc since we last met.|
|11.05-11.20||Snack- children will have a snack they have bought from home.|
|11.20-11.35||Community Responsibilities. This may include- collecting fire wood, preparing fire, clearing in woodland, preparing resources etc.|
|11.35-12.15||Activity 2 or Activity 1 continued|
|12.20-12.30||Children return for pick up. Those that are staying all day will prepare for lunch (bought from home).|
|12.30||Children arrive for afternoon session|
|12.30-13.00||Lunchtime and Forest School free play|
|13.00-13.15||Checking in. All children for afternoon session join around the campfire to check in.|
|13.15-14.45||Free Play Forest School, children can explore the woodland and any enhancements that maybe on offer.|
|14.00-14.30||Practical skills session- children come together for the chance to learn practical woodland skills. These may include tool work, knot work, tracking, identification, bug hunting, prep for cooking, den building. This is optional and children do not have to participate.|
|14.45-15.15||Tidy and Community time- Children come together for an activity. This may include games, cooking on the fire, storytelling etc.|