Forest School Sessions for Schools

LOCAL SCHOOLS

Working with local schools to give learners in Devon the chance to take part in inspiring woodland sessions

six week block

Schools can sign up to a series of half day sessions for five weeks, with a final day at Exmouth Forest School. This is a great way for pupils and staff to get a sense and understanding of the Forest School ethos.

regular sessions

We can also provide half day sessions for the whole academic year, providing 3-6 sessions per class.

six week block

Schools can sign up to a series of half day sessions for five weeks, with a final day at Exmouth Forest School. This is a great way for pupils and staff to get a sense and understanding of the Forest School ethos.

regular sessions

We can also provide half day sessions for the whole academic year, providing 3-6 sessions per class.

Price: Half Day Session £100 

One Off Sessions or Forest School Trips

Activity days 

Do you want to bring your class out to the woods for a day of woodland based activities? We offer all sorts of activity days for local schools based on Forest School principles at one of our beautiful woodland sites. 

We can tailor the sessions to any age group. Our focus is on learning through exploration and discovery outdoors. Here are some examples of themes we’ve explored with schools:

The Forest School experience

An insight into forest school: building dens, creativity, teamwork, exploring the woodland, games, campfires and child-led fun.

Team building day (with links to the curriculum if required)

Develop a sense of achievement within a team, bring attendees closer through activities that engage groups, encourage cooperation and a shared sense of fun through challenge.

Bushcraft survival day

For smaller groups who would like to develop more advanced skills: tool work, camp craft, fire lighting and survival skills, utilising the outdoors.

The Forest School experience

An insight into forest school: building dens, creativity, teamwork, exploring the woodland, games, campfires and child-led fun.

Team building day (with links to the curriculum if required)

Develop a sense of achievement within a team, bring attendees closer through activities that engage groups, encourage cooperation and a shared sense of fun through challenge.

Bushcraft survival day

For smaller groups who would like to develop more advanced skills: tool work, camp craft, fire lighting and survival skills, utilising the outdoors.

Themed days for younger groups

Focusing on favourite themes and linking this to fun creative activities. Stickman, The Gruffalo, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and more. Crafts, treasure-hunts and discovery.

The above sessions are priced at £150 for a half day (9.30am-12.30pm) or £225 for a full day (9.30-3pm). Prices subject to VAT.

These are just some examples. For more information and to discuss your requirements please fill in the form at the bottom of the page or email us on [email protected] and we can talk through options and themes.

Themed days for younger groups

Focusing on favourite themes and linking this to fun creative activities. Stickman, The Gruffalo, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and more. Crafts, treasure-hunts and discovery.

The above sessions are priced at £150 for a half day (9.30am-12.30pm) or £225 for a full day (9.30-3pm). Prices subject to VAT.

These are just some examples. For more information and to discuss your requirements please fill in the form at the bottom of the page or email us on [email protected] and we can talk through options and themes.

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What Schools Are Saying

As a school we eagerly embarked on our Forest School journey under the excellent guidance and support of Melinda three years ago

We ensure that every year group gets to experience all that the well-tailored sessions have to offer. Melinda liaises closely with the teaching staff to ensure that the activities planned meet the needs of each unique class and if she can in any way link the activities to their current topic. The children are always excited when it’s their turn and we love the continuity from repeating our annual programme. This means that all the children get to develop their skills and learn new ones to add to their life skills repertoire. The block sessions that culminate in the whole day trip are a fantastic way of developing our children to be resilient, to take risks, to work as a team and to most of all go out of their comfort zone. Our Year 6 children regularly mention their memories of forest school during their leaver’s speeches.

Clyst St Mary Primary

The Exeter Outdoors (now TOG) staff were superb – incredibly knowledgeable, very approachable, and able to strike up a rapport with my group instantly

The other immediately obvious characteristic about the Exeter Outdoors (now TOG) staff was their passion for the outdoors, together with their desire to share this passion through passing on their knowledge and skills.

St James School

Forest School Playgroup in Action

Our children are loving Exmouth Forest School, so much so that we have signed up for the whole year!

We have a very productive, active and fun afternoon session on a weekly basis. The children are encouraged to explore the woodland and they cooperate with each other to complete various activities and challenges.

Littleham Primary School

The team at Exeter Outdoors (now The Outdoors Group) have played a crucial part in the development of outdoor learning at Blundell’s Prep

Their support and guidance has enabled us to create an exciting programme for our children to fully explore the outdoors, and they have also been on hand to offer insight and training for all of our staff. In short, they have been fantastic!

Andy Southgate
Headteacher Blundells Prep School

Group Sessions

We wanted to say a massive thank you for our fantastic trip

The children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves outside in the fresh air, gaining confidence and getting dirty! The activities that you delivered were pitched to their level and we saw some different sides to some children that we would never have seen in the classroom which was great to spot. Our children bloomed in the outdoors environment.

Willand School, Cullompton

Meet the Team

Melinda Burge

Melinda Burge

Schools Outreach Manager

Melinda manages the Schools Outreach for The Outdoors Group. She organises for Forest school sessions to happen within mainstream school settings, and day trips to our woodlands for those schools who want a little taster of Forest School fun. She used to work at Heatree Activity Centre before having her own kids and joined TOG to help see the Tree Tots toddler clubs begin! She loves to sew and to bike ride, and can often be found sneaking off to the fabric shop to find bike printed fabrics for her next creation.
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Ali Taylor

Ali Taylor

Session Leader

Ali has worked as a primary school teacher, specialising in Outdoor Education, for over 10 years. As a qualified Forest School instructor, he works as part of the Forest School Outreach team and also helps run the LBtC course with the adult training team. In his spare time Ali loves being outdoors, especially when it involves being on his kayak out at sea or walking and wild camping in Dartmoor.
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Stacey Righton

Stacey Righton

Forest School Leader

Stacey has a background in art, she has many years experience of working with art and people of all ages and abilities in many different settings. So, in addition to learning how to light fires and use tools, her Forest School sessions often include lots of art and creativity. Stacey loves nothing better than being outdoors with the smell of wood smoke, the sound of the birds and a whistling kettle. When she’s not in the woods she likes doing yoga, enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the Moors and walking their Border Collie dog, Murphy.
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