Earthtime provide quality outdoor learning through Forest School programmes for schools and nurseries across Moray, following the principles and ethos of the Forest School Association (http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/).
Forest School involves regular weekly visits to a local green space or woodland with a particular focus on sessions being child centred and including free play in the outdoors. We bring a large range of resources to allow freedom of choice; ideas for challenging and yet achievable tasks to promote self-esteem and allow measured risk taking to improve confidence and personal risk assessment.
We provide Forest School programmes for:
- Home Education
- Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools
- Children with additional needs
- Community groups & charities
If you would like to find out more please email Natalie@earthtime.co.uk
Our Forest School programmes include lots of free play and opportunities to connect with nature as well as the following:
- Led by a fully trained level 3 Forest School leader plus trained and experienced assistant
- Bespoke planning tailored to groups of all sizes
- All resources and materials
- Identification of a suitable site within walking distance of your setting
- Full risk assessment of site and all activities
- Session planning and curriculum links
- Snack cooked on the fire
- Observation report detailing learning and development over the sessions
We believe that Forest School can be a cross-curriculum benefit to your school in raising attainment.
We have received feedback from teachers that they see a significant improvement in the level of focus the children have on a task at Forest School, improvements in co-operation between students and the development of confidence and social skills.
“Forest Schools was very successful for my class this year [P5-7]. The children were enthusiastic and were given good opportunities to develop a number of skills. The children were independent in making decisions and independently considered safety at all times. A number of children were more confident in a leadership role and participating in activities.
The staff were knowledgeable and gave the children ample opportunity to pursue their interests and supported them to develop new ones.
A super range of activities which enabled the class to join in at different levels.”
Sharon Chambers, class teacher, Craigellachie Primary.
“As a professional, I found Earthtime to be highly beneficial to all our pupils (and staff) in that it linked so many curricular areas. It was a magnificent Interdisciplinary Learning opportunity for us all…. Pupils who generally found it difficult to allow others to take the lead in team work began to relax their attitudes and allow other the chance to direct. Additionally, pupils who preferred to take the back seat became more confident in taking on the role of team leader. These new found skills began to overspill into the classroom, which has been a great bonus.”
Veronica Nicol, class teacher, Botriphnie Primary School
Forest School includes many curriculum links, for an example of this click here