We are the Foresteers!
Forest School Activities

"Nature is one of our greatest teachers"

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Who we are?

My name is Rohan Wilson and I have spent the last 10 years working as a Senior Learning Mentor in a Sheffield primary school. I am Forest School trained and have incorporated the Forest School concept into the learning of the children by taking small groups outside on a regular basis to engage in Forest School Activities. I firmly believe the Forest School concept has a positive impact on the lives of the people that involve themselves within it. I have extensive knowledge of the outdoors and hold a degree in Environmental Science. My passion for life long learning began many years ago. The Forest School concept has helped develop me as a person. I believe outdoor education has had a positive impact on the children I have worked with. The idea of being a Foresteer and engaging with an outdoor school will give your children the opportunity to develop and build on the life long skills taught through Forest School.


 "Learning does not have to stay confined to the classroom"

We come to you or your school

The Foresteer practitioners deliver Forest School programmes and activities to groups of children and young people through their schools. 

Forest Schools is all about giving children and young people of all ages the opportunity to learn through positive experiences in exciting, outdoor, woodland settings.

Forest School sessions run consecutively over a number of weeks in all weathers, at a site close to the school or on appropriate grounds.

Research has demonstrated that these repeated visits to the same woodland site support the development of self-confidence, motivation, concentration and sound social and emotional skills.



Forest School activities and lessons

At Foresteer School children get to take part in activities that encourage creativity and exploration. All of our activities are designed to be fun and interesting, and importantly something they would probably never otherwise experience.

Because Forest School programmes run over a minimum of 6 sessions the lessons are designed to offer a continuum of learning, over which children will gradually build up their skills and confidence of working and playing in the natural environment. We progress towards activities involving tool use and fire at a rate suitable to the individual group.

All of the activities we do during Foresteer School are designed to challenge children - but also to be achievable. This way children are able to stretch their skills whilst also building their confidence.

Our Foresteer School practitioners are able to design a Forest School programme to meet your needs and can be tailored to meet specific curriculum links.  We provide all of the lesson plans for Forest School and provide them to schools in advance for their opinions and approval. Whilst each session has a lesson plan, with learning objectives set, child-initiated learning is always encouraged.

The sessions are designed to be learner led, and there is a strong emphasis placed on choice, therefore allowing Foresteers to take ownership of their own learning, guided along the way by Level 3 qualified Leaders.

All sessions are fully risk assessed and insured. All Staff hold a current enhanced CRB. Documentation will be provided upon booking.

We provide all equipment and resources needed.

What is Forest School?

The concept originates from Scandinavia where the young children are taken on walks through the forest following an imaginary character.  Along the way they explore and investigate, take risks and learn together in the great outdoors.  The ethos has now been introduced to the UK under the name ‘Forest School’.

Activities are varied and linked both to the curriculum and the season in which they take place.  Nature is at the heart of all of that we do and children will, over time, learn about the world around them.

Sessions focus on aspects of holistic development. The teacher is less a person of authority and more a facilitator, mentor and experienced companion.  Children are allowed to choose the direction they take, discover, discuss and develop without the constraints of a table and chair.  As they learn to respect this freedom they will learn about themselves, learn about others, and learn to be resilient.

What will my child need to wear?

Children will need clothes that are suitable for the weather at any particular time of the year.  As the weather begins to turn cold, this can include as many layers as you see fit.


Please provide the following for your child when they have their Forest School sessions:

Pair of wellington boots

Long sleeved top (tops in cold weather)

Pair of jogging bottoms

Waterproof coat in wet weather 

What are the Forest School aims?

Increase self esteem and self confidence

  • Improve co-operation, communication skills and awareness of others
  • Increase motivation, concentration and positive attitude towards learning
  • Encourage ownership and pride in the local environment
  • Encourage a better understanding of the outdoors
  • Improve social skills
  • Improve physical motor skills
  • Encourage individuals to become more active and healthy

Testimonials

"I'm absolutely LOVING the birth - 4 sessions!! The activities are SO simple yet my sons and I are learning SO much​! I learned how to spot two different plant species today thanks to the lovely Rohan and it's giving me ideas for things to do with the boys that I wouldn't usually - Helping me to think outside the box a little. We'd been for a walk in those same woods only yesterday but going in with the Foresteers was a completely different yet wonderful experience. I feel like both Ché and I are benefitting from it. It's really increasing my confidence in the having the boys in the great outdoors​. I'm so glad we have these sessions so close by." 

"I need to book onto the next one"

Rachel Lacombe (Parent)

"I attended the birth - 4 years Foresteers session this morning with my 2 year old son and we both really loved it. My son was in his element splashing in the stream, making mud soup in the mud kitchen, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and chilling in the hammock with his friends. The session was very well organised and run. We will definitely be going back and highly recommend to anyone. I can't wait until my 5 year old is old enough to attend the 6-11 group too."

Lisa Moralee (Parent)

Group Learning

An Authentic Forest School Experience

Up to 16 children 

Minimum 6 session booking

12 Half or 6 Full Days 

From £1200     

  In this sequence of progressive sessions, participants and practitioners can develop a genuine relationship with one another to increase confidence and self-esteem, and to foster an independence and love of the outdoors. Children will be taught traditional woodland skills, to understand personal and physical boundaries, to learn risk management and to value nature and be able to communicate about it.  

  This programme begins with achievable, child-initiated activities to familiarise children with the natural world – such as arts and crafts, sensory exploration and wildlife projects. As the children become more comfortable in the outdoor environment, the tasks increase in skill level. We introduce specialised tools and skills such as using a bow saw, tying rope knots, building shelters and lighting fires. Woodland visits will always incorporate wide area team-building games and campfire cooking.     

Site Development

Work previously carried out at Whiteways Primary School

Do you have an outdoor space that needs developing with ideas around Forest School? 

If so we can come and design one for you. We ask that children, parents and teachers give ideas so we can plan your space. Full site inspections are free. If you want us to draw any plans then these are charged at £250. If you decided to go with us to create your area then this charge is waivered.


We have been busy developing areas. Firvale Pre School in Sheffield are the latest to have their outside space transformed into a Foresteer Site. Fully equipped mud kitchens, moveable water features and building areas have all been added to the site. A fully weather proof gazebo and hammock were requested by staff. A log circle seating area was also created for the children. For a FREE quotation please get in touch. 


Birthday Parties

Having a Special Time

Foresteer activities are perfect for children's birthday parties! Some ideas for sessions include:

Forest session

Pirate theme

Gruffalo theme

Stick Man book theme

Robin Hood theme

Contact us so we can plan your child's party.

Rates: Start from £8 per child with a minimum of  6 children and a maximum of 20 children.

At least 2 adults per six children should accompany the party.

Parties will take place in a suitable local area.

Food can be arranged at an extra cost or bring your own packed lunches along.

Birthday parties can be arranged on weekdays during school holidays and Saturday and Sundays throughout the year (due to availability) 

All children and adults attending the party will need to complete a consent form and have read the information sheet on what to wear.

All sessions are risked assessed and all staff holds a current enhanced DBS.

Parents can arrange a site visit if they are unsure of what a Forest School party entails or to discuss the content of their child's party

Check out our previous Birthdays on our facebook page






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