For one day only we are inviting you to a free forest school session at TGA.
Please book to avoid disappointment!
Getting outdoors and exploring are joys that all children should be able to experience as often as possible and as spring once again breathes life into the woodlands and meadows of the Kent countryside and the evenings begin to stretch ever outwards the urge to adventure begins.
One way children can enjoy and learn about the green spaces that make up their world is through forest schooling and one primary school in Tunbridge Wells is opening its doors on Saturday mornings to young outdoor adventurers, who wish to explore and discover bushcraft skills such as whittling, bivouac building and fire-making – all supported by qualified leaders.
Forest schooling is already well established at Temple Grove Academy as part of the curriculum. Our headteacher Isabel Ramsay, is now going to open the school’s woodland classroom to the local community by launching a series of Saturday sessions all year round, where children in the area can come along and enjoy discovering new skills.
This will be led by an experienced Forest School Manager and an Assistant. It is an exciting new opportunity for the community.
“What we want to do now is open a Saturday school to the local community, running two classes, 9am-10:30am for 15 children aged 5-7 years and then 10:30am to 12pm for a further 15 children aged 7-10 years of age,” said Mrs Ramsay.
“Forest schooling is nothing new to Temple Grove Academy and is a regular part of all the pupil’s educational experiences.”
“We have fantastic grounds covering four acres of land in the Sherwood Park area of Tunbridge Wells, we hope to teach the children a variety of Forest School activities. We want to open the school up to the local community, not just our children.”
During the Saturday classes, children will learn to use tools, such as knives, saws, loppers and other cutting tools under supervision. They will also learn the principles of safe and effective fire-lighting.
“We have a fire pit, a canopy, a mud kitchen and an outdoor classroom, it’s wonderful and we may finish the sessions with cooking marshmallows and/or hot chocolate over the fire.”
Using the tool skills they have learned the children will whittle wood, build shelters, set up tarps, learn to tie a selection of knots and make cordage out of materials they discover in the surrounding environment.
Our school was rated Good in five categories by Ofsted during its latest visit in 2019, the report said: “Leaders are ambitious for their pupils, they work hard to provide a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum for everyone.”
“Teachers have high expectations and pupils value the interesting work they are given. Through a rich curriculum, leaders aim for all pupils to be able to learn to manage their lives both now and in the future.”
How much will the forest school cost?
The cost is £7 per session and the forest school opens on May 7, (7th of May will be a FREE session for all to enjoy) for eight sessions. Later in the summer a holiday club will run from July 25-29 and that will be for £30 per day for a maximum of 15 children, so it’s a good idea to book early to avoid disappointment.
The Saturday school and woodland classroom return in September using the same themes as the May sessions, offering children the opportunity to adventure in an autumnal/winter landscape.
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