Forest school after school clubs

Children’s Forest school after school clubs

North West London locations, term time with pick up from school and 2 hours in local wild spaces and woodlands

Our Forest School after school clubs offer opportunities for Primary school aged children to work outdoors in local wild spaces on their emotional, social and physical well-being in small groups. Forest school sessions are child-led. Children learn new skills through using natural materials to craft useful and beautiful things, engage in “Risky play” and build confidence and resilience. Careful observation of the capabilities of participants by the Forest School leader is necessary to allow participants to create meaningful experiences on the edge of their capabilities rewarding them with personal growth and re-organisation of self-concept.

We believe forest school should be open to all – so we offer reduced and fully funded spaces to those in receipt of certain benefits or unwaged for our clubs where possible. Please email us for details.

What happens in an after school Forest School session?

Forest school after school sessions are 2 hour Forest School experiences in local woodlands and wild spaces. They are based on 6 weeks of session plans working closely with the seasons, which change and adapt over the course of the sessions depending on the participants needs and interests.

Each session will include:
  • A craft choice, such as weaving with natural materials, felting, natural jewellery, willow work, leaf smash pictures, green woodwork, whittling with knives, clay, natural paints and dyes
  • A physical activity such as balancing, assault course and slack lines, tree climbing, shelter building, hammocks and rope swings
  • A trust and community building game, such as Eagle eyes, rope circle work, secret stone, trolls and giants
  • Reflection and community building including circle sharing
When appropriate community & trust is established the following are introduced:
  • Tool work, such as using saws, sheath knives, firelighting, billhook, woodwork, green woodworking and whittling, Lopper and secateurs uses

Sessions also include experiences which are carefully introduced at appropriate intervals to develop participant response to risk and progress their journey through to ‘Frontier’ experiences –  just outside their comfort zone – this is where real learning takes place.

Every session includes group circle time for reflection on the sessions, where we will focus on resilience and community building, encouraging children to reflect on their own experiences using games such as ‘A wish and a Star’ and holding ceremonies around the fire. Children will grow their confidence at speaking through showing and explaining their sessions memento and revisiting activities and experiences as a group. We encourage listening through using a talking stick or round speak and use reflective listening with our group.

Our Forest school concentrates on:

Nature connection, resilience, emotional intelligence, adaptability, frustration, self-esteem, confidence, gratitude, flexibility, listening, talking, aspiration, personal achievement, Self-reliance, self-determination, Community-building.

All activities are risk assessed and risk assessments are available for viewing