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BBC radio bristol

posted 14 Jun 2011, 13:07 by Sam H

Link to podcast at time 2:05:00.

Me talking about risk and forest schools.

over up for 5 days!

Lost Phone

posted 30 Mar 2011, 05:35 by Kate H

Hi all I went out for a walk last night with my dog and took my phone, Put it in my pocket and must of fell out a hole!

So the 265 number dose not work. It has been black listed!

New number to get hold of us at forest school clevedon is 07500178205

5% Off booking

posted 17 Mar 2011, 12:50 by Sam H

If you book 6 lessons before 25/6/2011 you will receive 5% off a block booking . Quote #W1010 

This will see who looks at the website and who does not. Hope to see you soon.


Just bloging

posted 27 Feb 2011, 08:07 by Sam H   [ updated 17 Mar 2011, 12:50 ]

Been looking over the web and found a blog from Yatton School.  

Tree Hugging has to be one of the best game's we could have played.

Also found myself on page 9 of the We Play news letter.

I am a leader with a hint of teacher in me

posted 26 Feb 2011, 18:27 by Sam H   [ updated 26 Feb 2011, 18:30 ]

I'm sharing some of the behaviors I have as a leader. As I will have your's down, its only right.

Here are the five critical behaviors of a teacher and the same behaviors applied to leadership:

Five Critical Behaviors of a Teacher

Five Critical Behaviors of a Leader

Teach to an objective

Lead to an objective. Have clarity in your misison.

SELECT an objective at the appropriate level of difficulty.

Put people in a position and role where they can succeed.Pursue clarity in roles.

MAINTAIN the focus of the learner on the learning.

MAINTAIN the focus on the follower.

USE without abuse the Principles of Learning (Active Participation, Motivation, Closure, Reinforcement)

USE without abuse the Principles of leadership (Active Participation, Motivation, Engagement, Trust)

MONITOR and adjust.

MONITOR and adjust.

Camping with children, how to go about it.

posted 26 Feb 2011, 18:04 by Sam H

By planning successful, enjoyable camping trips when your children are young, you will set them on the path to a lifetime of outdoor adventures.        Get the kids interested in the trip by getting them involved. Build their excitement and anticipation.

  • Plan the camping trip together
    • Decide on places to go – consider interests, outdoor experience and children’s ages.
    • Pick some activities to do
    • Plan and shop for your meals
    • Prepare and pack the equipment and supplies
  • Try a backyard campout before you go for the first time
    • Teach the kids how to set up a tent
    • Try some outdoor cooking
    • Experience a night outdoors in sleeping bags
    • Show them how to use some camping equipment
    • Search the sky for constellations
    • Listen to the many night sounds
    • Don’t forget the special nighttime snacks+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  • Try to experience outdoor activities with your kids
    • Get them familiar with the outdoors in order to eliminate their fears
    • Teach them about safety and to respect nature
    • Camp chores are actually fun for kids. They love collecting firewood, filling water containers, hammering in tent stacks, camp cooking etc.
    • Take a small day hike in the woods at a local setting
    • Go fishing at a local pond or stream
    • Take an evening walk
    • Go on a picnic
    • Read related books
    • Go on a flashlight walk

  Take the necessary gear and supplies

  • Extra clothing and shoes – the kids will get wet and extremely dirty
  • Warm clothing – it may get chilly especially in the evening/dress in layers
  • Insect repellent – consider time-release formulas
  • Sunscreen – they’ll be outside all day
  • First aid kit – for those little accidents
  • Rain gear – keep them dry and warm
  • Toys, games, activities – you want to keep them busy
  • Familiar bedtime items – pillows, blankets, stuffed animals.
  • Flashlight/glow sticks – to help relieve nighttime fears
  • Snacks – all this activity is going to make them hungry
  • Drinks – avoid dehydration due to heat and activity level

  Create memories

  • Bring a camera with plenty of extra batteries
  • Give each child their own disposable camera
  • Keep a journal
  • Describe details about your trip and the activities you did
  • Document special moments, Include photos
  • Have each family member write about their experience
  • Save crafts

   Plan alternative activities

  • For bad weather
  • To avoid boredom during down times
  • If they dislike a certain planned activity

   Respect campground quiet hours

  Make your travel fun

  • Don’t travel a great distance – stop frequently
  • Make your trips short – maybe two or three nights
  • Take toys and activities to keep them busy
  • Play car games – license plates, sign abc’s, singing etc
  • Take plenty of snacks
  • Build their excitement and anticipation

 Now time to go camping!

Listen Up!

posted 26 Feb 2011, 17:34 by Sam H   [ updated 26 Feb 2011, 17:41 ]

Some thing to do: Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of nature by closing your eyes, and counting on your fingers the different sounds you hear. Compare natural vs. unnatural sounds. Try this in several different habitats such as in a field, near the river or spring and in the forest. Describe and compare the kinds of sounds heard. Sitting quietly is a good way to observe wildlife as well.

Listen to
your body's

"Every moment of our lives our bodies are at work regulating our breathing, temperature and balance, amongst a myriad of other needs. Illness, while unfortunate, is but another form of communication that is taking place. When we take time to listen, the secret to becoming well again can be often heard from within". (

Full sized tools

posted 26 Feb 2011, 07:34 by Sam H   [ updated 26 Feb 2011, 07:35 ]

Tools are used in Forest Schools in a traditional woodland manner and are introduced gradually with a structured safety base that your children become familiar with. The use of tools in the wood promotes trust and self-confidence within those taking part; their use will develop both gross and fine motor skills.
As a level 3 practitioner you will constantly evaluate individuals progressions and re-adjusted throughout the day to meet each child’s requirements, at the end of the day you will carry out a final review. This is a very important part of the day. The children could be asked to shout out, draw, act or play a game to review the day they have just experience, reflecting about what they have done during the day. You will be responsible for enabling the children to apply this to the rest of their every day lives.

Needs of your group

posted 26 Feb 2011, 07:32 by Sam H

All sessions are designed around the needs of your group, ensure that they are learner-led. Sessions are designed around a theme, themes are sometimes subtle such as evolving or exploring the site or more obvious such as Romans, butterflies, spies, fairies or nature investigators. Many areas of the National Curriculum Foundation to KS4 are intrinsically covered, in the Forest Schools experience without the programmes needing to be curriculum led.
Set up your activities so they are within the capabilities of every person within the group (small achievable tasks). Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are heightened throughout activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires or environmental art, the list is endless. Each activity develops intra and inter-personal skills as well as practical and intellectual skills.

Meeting Objectives

posted 26 Feb 2011, 06:56 by Sam H   [ updated 26 Feb 2011, 18:27 ]

In addition, Forest School meets a variety of Government Objectives for “Healthy Living”, “Every Child Matters”, and “Inclusion”. Specifically, Forest School 
and the ones that can be set out by you. starting with a clean bored.

Programmes meet the following WAG strategies and policies as well:

Out of Classroom Learning

WAG Information Document No: 022, 2007
Doesn’t mention FS but we hit all the buttons

Lifelong Learning

Active recreation: “By 2023 the percentage of people in the UK using the UK natural environment for outdoor activities will increase from 40 – 60% and the frequency of the experience will treble”.

WAG – Extending Entitlement

Forest School aims coincide with the Key Principles of Extending Entitlement especially to “support and encourage all young people to develop as individuals and to enthuse them with the value of learning.”

Forest School provides young people with the opportunity to access the following rights as described in Extending Entitlement:

  • “education, training and work experience – tailored to their needs;”
  • “basic skills which open doors to a full life and promote social inclusion;”
  • “sporting, artistic, musical and outdoor experiences to develop talents, broaden horizons and promote rounded perspectives including both national and international contexts;”

WAG: The Learning Country

  • Contribute to the delivery of the PSE curriculum
  • Emphasise the promotion of good practice, and prevent the habits of bad behaviour becoming ingrained, as opposed to dealing solely with their manifestations – to give alternative opportunities for those at risk from dropping out through partnership arrangements under Extended Entitlement.
  • Reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy and numeracy by rekindling their interest in learning.
  • Address inequalities in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged areas by providing supported access to the natural environment.
  • Progressively adjust school working practices so they can operate more flexibly, innovatively and responsively by working in partnership as a resource of talented and committed practitioners.
  • Transform provision for 14 – 19 yr. old to break down artificial barriers to learning.
  • Apply the agenda for Lifelong Learning in ways that reflect the distinctive needs and circumstances of Wales taking full account of the functions and capabilities of local government, business contributions, and the vital support of the voluntary sector.

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