We believe children of all ages are stimulated by the outdoors and thrive due to a surge in self-confidence and self-esteem, concentration, motivation and motor-skills. Children feel free from the constraints of sitting still in stuffy classroom environments that don’t allow movement. Children and adults can engage using all their senses and bond with their classmates and colleagues through fun and exciting experiences that challenge and open minds to freer thinking.
Our experienced Forest School Trained practitioner and his team can lead you and your class or group of colleagues through all manner of different adventures for the day or half day to suit your needs. We are waiting to welcome you and your class or group of colleagues to come join us for the time of your lives. Let’s breathe the forest air, get mucky and wild, build dens, sit around a fire, learn crafts and skills and all the while, appreciate our surroundings and bring back a love of nature and everything that lives around us, as well as each other.
Create your own unique class experience by either choosing from the following list. Or alternatively, we can create a tailor-made package to suit your requirements. We have worked with schools on subjects such as Science, Romans, Stone Age, World War 2, Bog Baby, Where the Wild Things Are and even Oceans and Continents.
Wonder Wands – let’s go on a journey through the woods, find your perfect stick, wind it with magic gossamer, collect natural wonders to tie onto the wands and help to retell your adventures.
Essential Skills and Development: Representation, nature identification, rope and knot tying, storytelling and language, communication.
Little Folk of the Forest / Traditional Tales – an adventure and craft based on the story of the Swilligogs (little folk of the forest).
Essential Skills and Development: Storytelling and language, Imagination play, empathy, social interaction, fine motor skills.
Wonderful Beasts and Brambles – a fun insight into the habitats and ecosystems within the forest through team games.
Essential Skills and Development: Representation, empathy with nature, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, team building and communication.
An introduction to Green Woodworking – a great way to learn techniques in making useful items from the forest, using ancient hand tools (suitable for groups of up to 10 children).
Essential Skills and Development: Concentration, self awareness, fine motor skills, physical.
Pirates Ahoy! – Chester Copperpot vs The Lost Boys story, following treasure maps, building pirate ships and engaging in battle!
Essential Skills and Development: Construction, storytelling and language, physical, social, empathy.
Shelter from the Storm – In a race against time, children are given training and basic supplies to use in conjunction with their natural surroundings to put up a shelter that will keep them safe and dry from the approaching storm.
Essential Skills and Development: Team building, social, construction, problem solving, rope and knot work.
The Fire Triangle – Based around a healthy respect for the dangers and characteristics of fire. Learning what is needed to create and sustain a controlled fire using resources at hand. A great activity to focus an excited mind (suitable for groups of up to 10 children).
Essential Skills and Development: Self regulation, self awareness and environment awareness, social, empathy, risk and team building.
A Wild Explosion of Colour – the adventure to rebuild the shattered rainbow using colours found within the natural environment including story telling then followed by some team ‘ground art’ on a huge scale using natural forest materials.
Essential Skills and Development: Storytelling, creativity, spiritual, construction, social and team building.
All the themes are powerful sessions that are based around building confidence, resilience, emotional awareness and creativity within a happy, safe environment. As each session draws to a close, we like to finish around the fire circle together and reflect on what we have learned and achieved. We toast marshmallows and celebrate our successes before heading off. We hope you like the sound of all of this, but if you want to give us a ‘brief’ of an idea or particular aim/objective then we can also work with this if you give us a little time to plan.
Prices start from £360 for a full day, 10:00am until 2:00pm, for up to 30 children. Then £10 per child thereafter. Half day sessions cost £250, 10:00am until 12:00 midday, for up to 30 children. Then £10 per child thereafter. Teachers / volunteers are free and we offer complimentary tea and coffee. We can, and have, facilitated entire schools in one day. Or alternatively we can customise a Forest School week just for your school. For more information, get in touch.
“A huge thanks to the team at ‘thisgreenmoon’ for a most wonderful, inspirational and educational class visit. I have been an infant teacher for 25 years, and can honestly say this was by far and away the best trip I have ever led. We were provided with a well thought out, bespoke visit that informed every bit of what I had to try to cover in the confines of a classroom. Our topic was brought to life, experienced and understood by 5 year olds, who talked about their ‘best day ever’ until we broke up for Summer. The written work and art work that came from the trip was exceptional, and was the theme of our end of year class assembly for parents. I wholeheartedly recommend ‘thisgreenmoon’ to any teacher, and encourage you to make the most of this wonderful, safe, outdoor space and inspirational, gifted team.”
Andy Alonso Year 1 Airedale Infant School
“Fantastic trip, the children had a great time. It was exactly what I was looking for, for my class to experience.”
Laura Carter Alverthorpe St Paul’s
“Just returned from a school trip with 28 very giddy (and worn out!) boys and 7 inspired, enthused (worn out!) staff!!! Just wonderful; best school trip I have been on. Children utterly engaged and mesmerised the whole time- paul had them in the palm of his hand every second of the day- and a chance for staff to witness some truly amazing moments from children who do not always get the opportunity to shine back in the classroom. Enchanting and definitely somewhere to visit with my own family soon!!!!!”