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Forest School

We provide young people with the freedom to roam, play and experience for themselves the full extent of the forest environment, with the security of safe boundaries and an encouraging, forest school trained instructor. We offer freedom of open woodland to encourage unbounded creativity which is essential for physical and emotional growth, for mental, intellectual and educational development, and for acquiring social and behavioral skills.

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What are the benefits of outdoor learning? 

Our bespoke Forest School delivery will enhance the learning of your pupils, by helping develop:
Resilience
Self-confidence
Communication skills 

Creativity
Risk Assessing
Sessions will always meet the needs of ‘character education’ by developing inquiring minds and an aptitude to problem solving.

What is a Forest School? 

Forest Schools started in the UK in the early 1990s and were loosely based on a similar concept from Denmark. They take the classroom outside, providing young people with the freedom to roam, play and experience for themselves the full extent of the forest environment, whilst being guided by experienced adult instructors.

Our ethos 

‘Inside Out’ is a recently established Forest School business created with the aim of getting more children and people learning in and about our great outdoors.

Our services 

Inside Out offers a wide range of Forest School sessions. Content is tailored to meet the needs of a school’s curriculum, the age of the children, class size or any special needs.

Typical sessions include:

  • Woodland parties
  • Bushcraft
  • Wild play
  • Environmental education
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Campfire cooking
  • Tree identification
  • Natural art and crafts
  • Nature workshops

Subject linked sessions

The outdoors is a wonderful learning tool, both for providing resources and inspiration. Choose from a selection of subject linked sessions from Art, English to PSHE or get in touch to tailor your own. Visit our website for details on individual sessions.

Outdoor Classroom

Using nature in the schoolgrounds to inspire learning
"My 4 and 7 year old children absolutely loved their forest school class with Esther. As a teacher myself it was just lovely to see them both completely absorbed in the magic of the session and learning skills that the curriculum just doesn't cover. My daughter's favourite part was building bridges for the elves in the trees and she said the whole experience had made her feel 'joyful!‘" Faye, Glossop

“Forest schools have a profound and positive effect on the way children and young people relate to each other and the world around them.” FOREST RESEARCH

Outdoor Adventure

Use the time for developing some of those important ‘soft’ skills such as self confidence, communication, and team work. Your class could learn to use bush craft skills to make furniture to sit on then make a fire without matches and cook on it.


Nature workshops

School grounds have the potential to be amazing places for wildlife. Your class could create valuable habitats or features, such as bug hotels.
"There is no better way for a child to learn than through the freedom of exploring the forest. Inside Out Forest School enabled my children to develop confidence, learn new skills and gain independence through the adventure of discovery and taking risks. Whether they were building shelters, carving tent pegs, weaving dream catchers or capturing their imagination in troll slime hunting or elf searching, the sessions offered an abundance of opportunities for the children to learn essential skills in team-building, leadership and co-operation. And the children had tons of fun, and plenty of fresh air and exercise, in the great outdoors!!" Sarah, Glossop

Additional services

We also offer Forest School experiences for weekend clubs and summer camps, birthday parties, community projects and for pupil referral units and hospitals, working with young people and adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Instructors

Our founder and lead instructor is Esther Brock.  She has over 16 years’ experience as a qualified Design and Technology teacher at Middle School and Secondary School levels.  A Member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, she is trained as a Forest School practitioner.  Esther also holds a post-graduate certificate in Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Safety and insurance

  • Outdoor First Aider qualified staff
  • Risk assessments for all activities
  • Public liability insurance (up to £5m)
  • Level 2 Food safety and catering qualified
  • All staff are DBS checked

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

We can also bring outside learning inside by providing resources for pupils in the normal classroom environment.

Pricing

Forest School sessions are competitively priced.
Our rates include materials, tools and worksheets:
Half-day session (2 hrs) £150
Full-day session (5 hrs) £300
Reduced rates for weekly sessions or a 6 week programme

How to Book

Please get in touch with Esther: insideoutforestschool@gmail.com
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