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.
Dr Coral Harper has worked in and studied the field of Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties for the last 24 years. This has been a teacher and senior leader in mainstream, special and independent specialist provision. And latterly as an adult trainer and consultant.
I think most people know from coming to parties and events that I love fire. I often sit and watch fire. It has got to be the most mesmerising thing, and possibly more so when it is a fire that you have lit.
The satisfaction that comes from lighting a fire, for me is second to none. I love it when I work with groups – kids and adults – and you take them through the process of building a fire and then letting them light it with whichever means they have chosen. The look on their faces when they know that it has taken and they have done it is amazing!
Archery is good for kids. It requires focus, concentration, dealing with pressure, learning how to fail and much more.
Archery is a fun and accessible sport for all ages and abilities. We run archery activities for children’s birthday parties. But it’s also a great activity for schools as part of an outdoor learning session or fun school trip. It’s great for practising mental arithmetic, team work and more. We get to see these benefits first-hand, ‘in action’ when delivering archery sessions for kids.
And we love the infographic (below) by Target Crazy which gives 25 reasons why archery is good for kids.
The three key elements or ingredients needed to start a fire are heat, fuel and oxygen. This is known as the fire triangle.
Why is the fire triangle important to fire lighting?
You need all three elements of the fire triangle to come together in the right amounts and in the right way; in a chemical chain reaction that will start a fire.
This week we welcomed Year 3 pupils from Maes Yr Haul Primary School in Bridgend, who came to us for a unique school adventure.