Woodland Activities - Reaching Out

Ref: C3743560

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. Learning different ways of working using the woodland and its natural resources, creating tools such as mallets as a woodcraft tool or natural paintbrushes for artwork activities. We will forage natural materials to create woodcraft projects, learn traditional fire lighting techniques, outdoor cookery activities, 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 using the natural materials found in the woodland. Develop skills to create more elaborate woodcrafts and different techniques as confidence grows.
  • Prepare and cook lunch over the open fire, considering healthy eating choices and foraging for seasonal foods found in the woodland, such as wild garlic and nettles to add to our dishes.
  • Increase awareness of the natural world and flora and fauna. Mini beasts - looking at the food chain, the woodland eco-system, why do animals live in the woods, why do the plants grow in the woods.
  • Create an artwork using the woodland as inspiration and using natural resources found in the woodland to create paintbrushes, pigments or dyes using berries, leaves, bark etc to use in artwork or crafts.
  • Be able to create and light a camp fire using traditional fire lighting techniques. Master the art of using a flint and steel and learn how to build a campfire ideal for cooking on.

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?

  • Students will need to bring along their personal art materials A packed lunch A weekly contribution of £2.00 per week for food for the weekly cookery activities, hot drinks, biscuits, and marshmallows.

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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Woodland Activities - Reaching Out

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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