The 5 Minute Forest School Plan

In mainstream education there is a well known alternative to traditional lesson plan templates called the 5 Minute Lesson Plan. It’s designed to cut down on the paperwork and bureaucracy of lesson planning and has spawned a whole series of variations. I’ve created a variation for use when planning forest school sessions. Click on the image for a…

Site Survey

I took a really interesting visit to the forest school site this morning to take some photos and gather some information for the impact survey. Since taking the first week of the course and starting work on the portfolio I’ve noticed I seem to be paying so much more attention to what is around. The woodland…

Shelter Building

Down to the woods today to play with the tarp and take some photos for my portfolio. More photos, and a guide on building shelters with tarpaulin, can be found on this page of the portfolio: 1.6 – Erect a temporary shelter, using tarpaulin and ropes.

A Forest School Site

A short drive away from our mooring is a reservoir. Unlike some that are commercialised this one is surrounded by woodland, most of which is designated as  a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are a few permissive walks through the woodland and a small education centre. There are two areas of woodland adjacent to…

Looking for a Site

We’re fortunate enough to have a very large area of publicly accessible woodland very close to where our mooring is. We went for a walk today looking at potential sites to run Forest School sessions. Much of the woodland is managed and predominantly pine. The area we looked around today is natural woodland made up mostly of…

King Alfred’s Cake at last!

Flynn has been well trained in identifying Ash trees and has been hunting for King Alfred’s Cake whenever we’ve been out recently but we’ve had little luck locally. We just spent 5 days at this years Peak Camp 2, the longest running home educators camp in the UK, on Barracks Farm camp site near Hartington in the Peak District….