Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Book For Half Term & Summer Holidays
At school kids learn things like maths, English, and science; these are called the 'core subjects', the things that every child needs to have at least a basic grasp off. These subjects are of course very important, but you have got to admit, sitting in a classroom reciting your times table isn't very much fun. What is fun, however, is playing games, building dens, and running around in the woods. What's more, children can do all this and learn at the same time. This sort of learning teaches them the real 'core' subjects; practical skills like how to use tools, identifying plants, how to be independent, and keeping fit through physical exercise.
Wild Learning gives children real-life experiences, survival skills, creativity, and teaches them how to work in a team, be environmentally friendly, and encourages them to challenge themselves. Every school holiday, Wild Learning provides kids with an outdoor adventure in the woods. Every day is packed full of activities, and everyday is different. A typical day will start with a lesson on how particular types of wood is used, for example hazel or elder; the children will go out an harvest it, and then take part in an arts and craft project using their collected material. One day they might build a tipi or a roundhouse, and another, they might make a giant puppet or dreamcatcher.
There will be lots of trust & team building exercises, such as following a blindfold trail, building a secret hideout, or learning how to start a fire. At the end of the day, the kids will get a chance to unwind with a number of games such as Tree Tag, Forest Squeeze, and Creeping Comanche.
Aimed at children 5-12 years old, a day with Wild Learning costs £42 to book, and there a number of camps to choose from depending on where you live. For example, in London, you can choose Wimbledon Common or Highgate in Richmond. There are a couple of places left for the May half term on the 28th & 31st, but you are probably best thinking about booking for the summer holidays, when there will be trips on the 29th-31st July.