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Forest School Activity Days

During school holiday periods Releasing Potential provide the opportunity for children aged 4 - 11 years to spend a whole day in the forest, and to experience a range of woodland activities with children they may not already know.

The activity days are run by Mikey Pearce and Russell Tapley, who are assisted by colleagues from the Releasing Potential team. All are extremely experienced in working with children in the outdoors. This allows a good ratio of staff to young people, and ensures that everyone has as much help and attention as they need. The range of activities is enormous and children are always inventing new ways of playing in the forest; it is not unusual, therefore, for children to participate in a number of activity days in the same holiday period.

The Forest School Activity Day runs from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Price is £30 per child per day. Children need to bring with them a packed lunch, suitable footwear and protective clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

For further information please contact karenthakore@releasingpotential.com

Summer Holiday Dates:

Week 1: 31st July, 1st Aug, 2nd Aug, 3rd Aug

Week 2: 7th Aug, 8th Aug, 9th Aug, 10th Aug

Week 3: 14th Aug, 15th Aug, 16th Aug, 17th Aug

Week 4: 21st Aug, 22nd Aug, 23rd Aug, 24th Aug

Week 5: 29th Aug, 30th Aug, 31st Aug

Activities Include:

  • Campfire making and cooking
  • Natural art
  • Shelter and den building
  • Summer craft activities and games
  • No two days are the same

School Programmes

Releasing Potential deliver Forest School for schools and PRUs across West Sussex and Hampshire. They can offer year long courses which enable participants to enjoy the forest and learn about it as the seasons unfold.

With the ability to focus provisions around any particular themes, needs, skills or ideas the school wants the children to work on, Forest School can fit easily in to the current curriculum. This can be delivered as part of the school day or as an after school session. They are able to tailor provision to the age of the groups and have worked successfully with young people of all backgrounds and abilities, from nursery to year 11. Transport can be arranged to and from the Forest School site depending on the size of the group. Hot chocolate is made over an open fire and provided at breaks as part of the Forest School experience.

"It's incredible! Alexander is taking part through his nursery doing amazing things! They gather wood and (independently) light a fire using spark keys, make paint from clay, chalk, acorns and mud. They use saws and hand drills to make necklaces from wood, climb trees and do all sorts of things we wouldn't think possible of 3/4 year olds. They work together and communicate with each other with respect - amazing!"

Forest School Parent (Facebook)

For further information on arranging Forest School for your school or PRU please contact mikey@releasingpotential.com

Find more information about Releasing Potential here www.releasingpotential.com

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