Created in 2012, this is Streatham Forest School’s popular urban woodland club in south London which takes place in the holidays or whenever schools are closed.
We spend a whole day in the woods, immersing ourselves in a different world. A world where trees replace climbing frames, birdsong replaces spotify, campfires replace microwaves, and whittling and den building replace computer games. The outdoor playground is limited only by your imagination, of which children have an infinite supply.
We provide a nurturing environment with a maximum of 15 children to 3 highly experienced adults. This allows us to tailor the day to the group and support individual children with outdoor skills tutoring- if they want it, we are child-led. We are not your average ‘holiday club’ and we don’t aim to be. We follow the Forest School ethos to encourage the children to look after themselves, look after each other and look after nature.
The children are encouraged to be caretakers of their woodland, understanding ecosystem processes and their own impacts. We are open to hearing the children share their climate worries about the future, and are mindful to support the children with whatever emotions arise. We find from experience that having a connection to the land helps us to worry less and act more.
“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” David Attenborough.
We foster team work and social skills, with most children and their siblings returning year after year, building community through peer-led skill sharing and support.
We enjoy den building, nature arts and crafts, wildlife and plant identification, green woodwork and hand tools, tree climbing, rope bridges and swings, active games, imaginative play…and more! Fire lighting and campfire drinks and snacks only if site and weather permitting.
Strictly minimum age 5 years.
The ethos is an inspirational learning process which follows a child-led approach in an outdoor setting. Sessions take place regularly throughout the seasons. We aim to provide children with the individual support and focus needed to feel safe, happy and confident learning new skills and making new friends in the outdoors. We currently run sessions with early years and primary groups.
Earthwild provides innovative outdoor Environmental Education programmes to meet the needs of your class and curriculum. Choose from a one-off day trip or a three-session programme. We are experienced in blending tried and tested nature connection techniques with outdoor science education, to provide your pupils with memorable first-hand experiences and a deeper understanding of your classroom topics.