Forest School - Reaching Out

Ref: C3742923

This is an inspirational course bringing learning to life and offering students regular opportunities to appreciate and enjoy their local woodlands. We aim to nurture an understanding and respect for nature and experience it at first hand through a series of engaging and achievable activities. As well as a way of meeting new people and making new friends the course will aim to cover traditional fire lighting techniques to create a campfire, preparing and cooking a lunch over an open fire, learning to use hand tools and foraged natural materials to create woodcraft projects, use the woodland as inspiration to create own artworks, shelter building and observing nature and wildlife. The fire circle is an integral part of forest school and is an area we use for discussing the day's activities and a place for relaxing, socialising and sharing. As the group becomes more comfortable with being in the woodland the course will become more learner led and is a journey of discovery.

Course aim

To provide an opportunity for students to spend time in a woodland and introducing a variety of forest school activities that are achievable and enjoyable, promoting good health and wellbeing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Learn how to safely use a selection of hand tools to create a woodcraft project.
  • Prepare and cook a lunch over the open fire.
  • Increase awareness of the natural word and gain some knowledge of the flora and fauna that live in it.
  • Create an artwork using the woodland as inspiration.
  • Learn some fire lighting techniques to create a campfire.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students can bring their own art materials (canvas, paper,paint, pencils etc) with them to use when we cover the art week.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Forest School - Reaching Out


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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