Forest School, Outdoor Play and the Outdoor Classroom
It has been widely recognised that being in a natural outdoor environment can support all aspects of children’s development and research is proving that mental health and overall well-being is also greatly improved when individuals have access to the outdoors. There is also new research that suggests children don’t have enough unstructured time to play, explore, take risks and learn about their physical capabilities. These things are a vital part of a child’s overall development.
At Play Wild we offer an opportunity for children to have a sense of freedom in our seafront site while giving parents and carers the security that they are safe. We have open spaces to run, trees to climb, large hollow bushes to explore and a selection of open ended activities to discover. All of this is overseen by experienced and qualified instructors.
From Spring 2019 we will also be operating from a disused quarry that has returned to woodland. It is the perfect location for Forest School, outdoor learning and environmental education.
In addition to this we offer Forest School sessions facilitated by a qualified Forest School Leader. The Forest School ethos has a focus around regular participation to promote continued learning and progression. Sessions should be in a natural environment promoting holistic development, resilience, confidence and independence. Forest school should offer children opportunities to take appropriate risk and activities should be led by their experiences, learning and interests. For more information about the Forest School Principles please visit the Forest School Association website: https://www.forestschoolassociation.org
We offer regular Forest School courses and outdoor play sessions for families both in term time and the school holidays at our site on Weston-super-Mare seafront, and in Weston Woods (opening soon). Please see our Facebook Page or contact us for up to date details.
Nurseries and Early Years Settings
We can offer one off tasters or a block of sessions for pre-school and reception class settings. A session lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours and includes all resources. We can provide activity summaries based on the E.Y.F.S. and learning styles. Activities can be tailored to the current interests and development of the children in your setting. We can join you at your setting or invite you to visit one of our sites in Weston-super-Mare. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
New for 2019: KS1 Orienteering and Stone Age packages.
We can provide Forest School, Outdoor Play and Educational sessions for small groups or whole classes. We can tailor sessions to your needs with curriculum links and a focus on your current topics. We are able to run sessions from your setting or your group can visit our Weston-super-Mare locations. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your needs.
Schools Visiting WsM
We have a site on Weston Seafront which will be re-opening from our Winter break in early Spring 2019. We can provide a safe natural space for a picnic, outdoor activities and fire lighting. We will also have a woodland site a short hop from the town centre. Please contact us directly for more information and to discuss your needs.
Play Wild! offers party packages for children aged 3-11 years. We can cater for up to 20 children. Activities will vary but may include outdoor games, woodwork and basic tool use, a fire lighting demonstration and making s’mores. We can add archery to your party, depending on availability, with a G.N.A.S qualified instructor for children 8 years plus (there is an additional charge for this). Please contact us for more details. We are always happy to discuss your requirements and can build a package that suits you.
Cost: Party packages start at £180 for 10 children (this is the minimum required) with additional children charged at £12.00 per child. Parties include a selection of activities, hot-dogs or soup and s’mores cooked over the fire (dietary requirements can be catered for), venue (we will soon have two to choose from!) and party bags. All you have to bring is the cake!
We offer a range of activities over one or two sessions. Activities may include fire lighting and cooking, wood working, scavenger hunts and den building. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your specific needs.
Play Wild! is available for events, festivals and one off private bookings. Please contact us to see what we can offer!