Pupils today face a multitude of challenges to their engagement with learning, especially when growing up in an urban family environment. Research shows that outdoor adventure activities increase motivation, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership, as well as helping to teach key curriculum areas.
Along the way, pupils (and teachers!) will learn valuable, real life outdoor survival skills and learn about the environment and nature in a unique and beautiful woodland setting in County Durham.
Our three day package offers a mix of classroom and outdoor activities, with two days of topic-based learning delivered in your school and a highly rewarding fun packed day putting the skills into action (and learning new ones) at our purpose-built woodland campsite.
We promise that your pupils and staff will love their experience and will return to school fully engaged with a brand-new set of learning skills.
Real-world skills and transformative learning
Our three day course teaches leadership, teamwork and creativity. It encourages new ways of problem-solving and new ways of learning - which will carry over to the classroom and the pupils' academic performance.
Designed around your pupils
We work with you to establish the key curriculum areas and topics that you want to focus on and make sure that the course reflects your needs. Our team are all teachers and fully qualified in bushcraft and survival skills. They are uniquely able to combine pedagogy with experience – in a safe environment.
Everything you need is included
We provide everything you need, including the classroom resources, post-course assessment and the tools necessary for woodland survival. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing and footwear!
Pre-event classroom-based learning takes place at your school and is focused around leadership, team development and considering the planning and project management of the outdoor mission. We work with you to make sure key curriculum areas and topics are included and provide the necessary course material.
The outdoor mission! Pupils work together on a pre-arranged mission with clear objectives. They will need to use the planning and strategies developed in the classroom in a real, outdoor setting. Along the way they will be taught real-life bushcraft and survival skills and get to experience the natural environment in an exciting new way. Pupils are also encouraged to capture evidence of their activities, decisions and actions in digital field notes on phones, iPads etc.
Back in the classroom, the post-event activities involve facilitated transformative reflection in the form of artefact creation and digital storytelling (using their digital field notes). We provide post-event assessment material.
COMING SOON: we are working on letting pupils share their projects, artefacts and digital stories with pupils from other schools, hosted in a secure section of our website - keep in touch for further news!
The three day course costs £1500 - for a group of 30 pupils, that works out at just £50 per pupil.
Taught in the Wood is also an ideal use of Pupil Premium funding.
We recommend group sizes of between 10 and 30 pupils for the best experience, but we can work to your requirements and tailor packages to your needs.
We are always happy to help and answer any questions. Sometimes we are out in the wild, but we always aim to respond as quickly as we can.