Bushcraft Adventures

Explore the outdoor environment and learn the essentials of survival, using natural materials, fire lighting and an understanding of the woodland system. Age appropriate projects will give each child something to take home with them.

Session outline

After arrival, we will “tune in” to the natural environment so that we can use our senses and better connect to the surroundings. The group will then discuss needs and wants and discuss the differences. This will lead into sessions around fire lighting, food and a green wood project inspired by the needs that they have identified earlier in the day. We will use a woodland base or the Footprint for part of the day and we will be walking and exploring in the woods for other parts.

Curriculum links

Standard Primary Curriculum areas covered: Speaking and Listening; Geometry and Measures; Biology; Chemistry; British History; Design and Technology; Physical Education; Geography (navigation) and Modern Languages (through storytelling).

The detail and level will be adapted to be age appropriate. In addition, pupils will develop their team working and communication skills. All sessions are designed with holistic learning in mind and aim to develop the heart, head and hand. A culture of care and respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment are encouraged throughout.

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"I just wanted to thank you again for our Bushcraft Camp this week. It was just brilliant- it was so wonderful to see the children enjoying every single part of the camp and taking risks that they'd never otherwise have taken at this age. The new location is great- they loved being able to explore the area. I am always nervous about how the children will react to sleeping away from their parents for the first time, but I think the combination of the excitement about the activities and the atmosphere that you create seems to override all their worries. It has been the highlight of my school year and I'm sure it has been the highlight of theirs! Especially with the new 'rigorous' testing and standards that have been introduced this year, I was feeling a bit disheartened with it all, but this made me feel like we had provided the children with a genuine and meaningful learning experience."

Class teacher Year 2