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outdoor activities and educational packages from Woodland Ways

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School Youth Group Bushcraft Activity
School Youth Group Bushcraft Activity
School Youth Group Bushcraft Activity

There is something about being immersed in the natural world that ignites an interest and a passion for learning that seems unobtainable from behind a desk... and Bushcraft is the perfect medium to engage it through. Whether your children are working with fire, discovering wild foods, or tracking animals along the woodland ride, you will see eye's light up and an enthusiasm awaken that other activities just cannot bring.

As a leading provider of Bushcraft and Survival training our instructors are also experienced in working with children of all ages from our various sites spread across the country from Oxfordshire to East Lothian; or if you prefer we can come to you for an on-site experience; or perhaps work with you to organise an unforgettable overseas expedition. So if you are looking for something different for your school, college, university, home educated children, youth group, youth offending team, or any other youth schemes keep reading to see just a taste of what is possible.

Our off-the-shelf options consist of four main packages that range from a day in the woods to 3 days and two nights camping out with us. Click here to request a guide for more details. If that isn't what youíre looking for just get in touch and weíll work with you to tailor something to your exact needs. Whatever route you choose your studentís eyes will be opened to a range of bushcraft and survival skills through fun and engaging, hands-on sessions led by our experienced instructors.

While education is important you'll also be pleasantly surprised by how bushcraft is the perfect vehicle for students to achieve improvements in self-confidence, self-image, self-esteem and resilience through learning to know their limits and strengths in areas outside of traditional education. Activities also provide the perfect forum for fostering a reliance on each other through a need for robust team working methods and clear communication.

If you wish we are happy to provide learning outcomes for the content of your selected package and we can map activities to the National Curriculum for a variety of subjects at each Key Stage if desirable.

 

Here are just some examples of how the simple activity of fire lighting can map to the National Curriculum for Science - just imagine what else can be achieved.

Key Stage 1

SC1: Gathering evidence by making observations. SC3: Properties of different woods. SC4: On a fire bow pushes and pulls are examples of forces and the effect they have on the drill

Key Stage 2

SC2: Skeleton and antagonistic muscles involved in moving the fire bow. SC3: Minimising the effect of burning fossil fuel on the environment by using wood as a fuel. SC4: The way in which shaping the ends of the drill differently affects the friction at each end, String on the drill applies a force causing the drill to rotate around a pivot, Relationship between force, area and pressure, Transfer and storage of energy.

Key Stage 3

SC2: Skeleton and antagonistic muscles involved in moving the fire bow. SC3: Minimising the effect of burning fossil fuel on the environment by using wood as a fuel. SC4: The way in which shaping the ends of the drill differently affects the friction at each end, String on the drill applies a force causing the drill to rotate around a pivot, Relationship between force, area and pressure, Transfer and storage of energy.

Key Stage 4

SC2: Evolution of modern humans relating to fire lighting and archaeological evidence. SC2: Sustainable development.

 

Of course Bushcraft encompasses topics that extend far further than firelighting. With each of the following disciplines there is a vast scope for study, which will be determined by your specific requirements in addition to the age of the students and the duration of session.

  • Fire: preparation, lighting, management and maintenance.
  • Water: sourcing, collection and purification.
  • Shelter: requirements, positioning, construction and materials.
  • Food: edible wild plants, game preparation and primitive hunting techniques.
  • Plant identification: nutritional, medicinal and practical applications.
  • Tree identification: the language of trees, micro-habitats and applications.
  • Tracking: nature awareness and habitats.
  • Cordage: primitive technology, plant and tree identification
  • Navigation: map & compass reading, GPS, measuring distances and navigational skills drawn from the natural world.
  • Signalling: communication techniques and their importance.
  • First Aid: from basic principles to the 'real life' application in controlled scenarios.

So whether you're looking for a short workshop on primitive fire lighting skills or an end of term camping experience celebration, in this country or overseas, we're confident you'll achieve the outcomes you desire in what has been described as a "compelling learning experience".

To start the process just get in touch to discuss things further - phone 01234 351006 or email info@woodland-ways.co.uk

Testimonials

Just a taste of what schools have to say...

The sessions were excellent and I think the pupils got a great amount out of it all, in terms of both fun and education. Your helpfulness in listening to our requirements and working around our schedule was really appreciated. All the best and hope to work with you again in the future. St Edwards


"What can I say??? The children were buzzing when they got back to school.... full of their adventures in the woods and everything they had learnt. The staff have given very positive feedback about the day too. It was very well organised and delivered professionally; with such a wide age range to deal with too! The instructors were very sensitive to the children's needs. Thank you so much." Beachborough School

 
Example Package

Standard 1 Day Package for Children aged 10-14

9.30 am Meet & Greet and Safety Brief
9.45am Looking at the Woodland as a resource
10.00am Team shelter building using natural materials
11.30 am Tracking & Navigation Game to source water
12.30pm Lunch
13.30pm Fire lighting: Demonstration of different techniques followed by team fire relay!
15.00pm Water collection and purification
15.45pm Tree and Plant identification and uses
16.30pm Finish

To start the process just get in touch to discuss things further - phone 01234 351006 or email info@woodland-ways.co.uk