Forest School training at Bloo House School, Surrey.
Bloo House was one of the first schools in Surrey to become an accredited Forest School, having provided outdoor learning to pupils since 2006. As a founding member of the Forest School Association, Bloo House is actively involved in the endorsement and sustainability of enabling children to flourish in outdoor environments.
As one of the pioneers in Surrey’s Forest School movement, we now offer sessions to teachers and students, who wish to learn more about outdoor learning techniques or wish to introduce Forest School into their setting. If you want to learn more about Forest School, Surrey is the perfect place to do it. Forest School offers the opportunity to encourage children to learn about and interact with the natural world; these sessions provide a hugely valuable experience for teachers looking to get more from outdoor learning.
Forest School Taster Sessions
9.30 pm – 4.00 pm. These sessions are ideal for teachers, students and childminders in groups of 1 – 6. These sessions are tailored to suit any age group from EYFS through to university level.
These adult run sessions offer the opportunity to experience Forest School at first hand, offering a real insight into our curriculum and the benefits of outdoor learning. If you want to discover more about Forest School and have a desire to connect with nature and much more, then this is an ideal introductory day.
The Forest School Experience
12.30pm – 4.00pm. An opportunity to experience primary level Forest School at a grass roots level, allowing visitors to observe and interact with Bloo House children within a woodland environment. Visitors will be able to view how sessions are planned including an understanding of the key relationship between outdoor learning and the practice of multiple intelligence teaching.
Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 Practitioner Training
A 2-day course offering an introduction and solid foundation in understanding the Forest School ethos. Ideal for students in a supportive role within established Forest School environments, providing skills and ideas for outdoor learning opportunities. The course helps develop practical skills and theoretical understanding, offering the confidence to assist competently with children and young people in outdoor environments.
There is no need to have completed Level 1 before you can move on to Levels 2 and 3, as long as you have the correct qualifications to fulfil the entry criteria for the higher levels. You must be at least 16 years old to attend Level 1 sessions.
This is a 5-day course, which is ideal for Forest School assistants, working with Level 3 practitioners. The course centres around the Forest School approach to learning and the positive attitude to taking risk. Practical skills covered include tool use, fire lighting and campfire management, including a variety of games and activities designed to inspire children and young people in woodland environments.
In addition, an insight is offered on the identification of flora and fauna, allowing the student to fully immerse themselves on a biological and practical level. An ideal pre-qualifying introduction to Forest School principles, providing a range of imaginative ideas that can be easily incorporated into a Forest School setting. You must be at least 18 years old to attend Level 2 sessions and have experience in working with children. This level of session is ideal in building up your understanding of Forest School and the qualities required to lead.
This course is delivered initially over 5 days, followed by a 5 day assessment approximately 6 months later. Once completed, it will enable students to deliver and run their own Forest School sessions as a fully qualified practitioner. The course centres around the Forest School approach to learning and the positive attitude to taking risk. Practical skills covered include tool use, fire lighting and campfire management, including a variety of games and activities designed to inspire children and young people in woodland environments.
The course covers many practical elements, including essential theory enabling practitioners to create innovative and meaningful Forest School programmes for children and young people. You must be at least 21 years old to attend Level 3 sessions as well as being a qualified teacher, youth worker or support worker, or alternatively have at least two years of experience working with your chosen client group in a leadership role. It’s also essential that you should have First Aid certificate and insurance.