Pupils from Maes Yr Haul Primary School spent the day with us learning how to be in tune with the natural environment as part of their Native Americans topic… they looked up, down and around to explore their surroundings to see what they could see, smell and hear and learnt about natural medicines. They learnt how to build shelters using only the natural resources around them – and got inside to test they were waterproof, and lit fires using lots of different methods.
Well done everyone! 🔥 👍
Some people shy away from allowing young people, especially those considered to have additional learning needs or challenging behaviour, from using sharp tools.
During our longer term outdoor learning sessions, we build trust and respect, and pupils have the opportunity to use knives, saws, and today the shave horse to make feather sticks. It provides an opportunity for pupils to learn about and manage risk and develop important life skills.
We find these sessions hugely rewarding seeing pupils grow in confidence and develop their skills and we’ve had great feedback about them. If you’re interested in finding out more for your pupils, drop us a line today…
It was Back to School for me too today!
I’m excited to be working with YBC again this year, taking learning outdoors every Tuesday. Today was all about planning and I’m brimming with ideas. I’m looking forward to starting back with pupils in two week’s time!
I’ve also been taking bookings for teachers looking for a different way to kick start and introduce a new topic to inspire their pupils. And teachers looking for an alternative school trip to remember have already started planning it with us 👍
We cater for groups of less than ten to around 60. So if you’re looking for an outdoor learning session or planning your next school trip, do drop us a line! Steph 😊
Pupils are ‘stranded’ in a woodland in Bridgend, and must work together as a team to survive.
Pupils are going on a discovery mission. And they must learn key skills in order to survive – and thrive!
The summer has flown by, and the kids will soon be back in school. We know teachers have already been busy planning for the 2018-2019 academic year. But if you’re still looking for ideas and inspiration to take learning outdoors, read on!
Today I welcomed pupils from Tai Education Centre in RCT to our Bridgend Bushcraft Basecamp.
The pupils had focused on a survival topic this term in school. So to finish the topic and celebrate the end of term, pupils got to put in to practice the survival skills they’d learnt in the classroom.
We’re almost at the end of the school year and the start of the summer holidays. And we know teachers have already started planning for the next school year. Keep reading to find out more about our outdoor School Adventures in South Wales.
One of the myths about outdoor learning is that you need a qualification to do it. In this blog post, I want to help bust that myth. And inspire you to take learning outdoors every day!
Steph Thompson is an experienced, qualified Forest School and Beach School Leader and Bushcraft Instructor. She has over 15 years experience of working with children and young people in various settings. And most recently, setting up and running her own company, Bushcraft Adventures.