There are many trees and woodland areas small and large in and around Manchester. I will locate and liaise with the owner or manager of suitable land close to schools who want to run forest school programmes. Some schools may have a suitable school grounds which they wish to develop. The development of a woodland area forms part of the learning and development process and the children will be very much involved in this process. The development also takes into account the sustainability of the woodland area and the environmental impact and reduction of such that a forest school programme will have on the ecosystem. The walk to and from the woodland also forms an integral part of the development process.
The recommended group size for maximum programme efficiency is twelve young people per session; each of which should last for at least a whole morning or afternoon. The reasons behnd this are so that an effective social community atmosphere can be created with high adult ratios to ensure that participants can be safe, supported and their learning appropriatelt extended. The length of each session is important so that participants have plenty of time to explore and become utterly engrossed inn their learning at a deep level of consciousness.
Forest school is appropriate for any any and therefore our activities are varied, specific to the group and widely differentiated; not-to-mention participants mostly lead their own learning and so many activities are yet to be discovered but here is an idea of some of the specific skills and led or initiated learning which may typically take place.
•Scavenger and nature hunts and trails – learning about all sorts of trees, plants, animals and how we can use them.
•Forest creativity – Using materials from the forest to learn and create amazing art and stories.
•Knot-tying and ropework – including how to erect a fabric or natural materials shelter.
•Woodwork – The safe use of tools including bow saw, loppers, secateurs, bill hook, sheath knife.
•Fire-lighting from scratch and how to collect and use the correct materials.
•Cooking on an open fire including food safety; what foods are provided by the woodland and why we need to be very careful about what we eat, use and cook.
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