We run Forest School sessions for older children from a beautiful woodland in Bath, next to the racecourse. We provide sessions to secondary schools during term times, and directly to parents for children aged 9+ during school holidays.
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What is Forest School?
Forest School is a movement that combines physical adventure, free social play, positive role models, choice and time with nature.
BroadTree specialise in creating opportunities for learners to grow emotionally and socially. We use natural outdoor spaces to facilitate groups having positive learning experiences. The session leader keeps everyone safe and acts as a positive role model, while suggesting activities and creating appropriate choices for the group.
BroadTrees’ aim is for each group to learn more about co-operation, teamwork and decision making. We deliberately create space for the group to come to agreement, whilst modelling active listening and reflection, and encouraging learners to behave in a way that maximises group enjoyment.
Natural outdoor settings are used because they’re scientifically proven to help people regulate, improve resilience, and positively benefit both mental and physical health; as well as providing the space needed for the group to properly gel.
Activities are primarily bushcraft based, taking advantage of the natural setting to create positive learning experiences, improving learners’ confidence, self esteem and tenacity, and our testimonials confirm they’re also great fun!
What does a session look like?
Sessions almost always involve toasting marshmallows over a fire, running games and an opportunity to talk about a favourite moment in front of the group. Otherwise, we can do almost anything the group want to – We’ve climbed trees, had NERF fights, whittled and sawn wood, made a lot of fires, explored the neighbouring woodland, played teambuilding and trust games, cooked over the campfire, created art from woodland materials, and enjoyed silly games in our group shelter whilst warming up on cold days.
School sessions are a minimum of 2 hours, and holiday sessions run all day. All activities are risk assessed, and we’re fully insured. We pride ourselves on providing physically and emotionally safe spaces for all attendees, and deliberately use our words to build up and affirm young people whilst helping them understand more about themselves and others.
Who’s it for?
During school holidays we work with children age 9+, and during term time we provide sessions to secondary students of any age.
We work with older children than most Forest Schools, because we believe it’s hugely developmentally beneficial for children of this age to be able to get outside and spend time with nature.
We have experience working with a range of special educational needs. Please contact us for more information.
Find out more
Feel free to browse our website to book a holiday session or learn more, or if you want to learn about how we can partner with your school please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!