Forest School and Bush Craft
The King's School has a team of experienced Outdoor learning specialists and staff who run the school’s own Duke of Edinburgh programme. Local primary and secondary schools are invited into King’s to experience sessions in the school’s outdoor areas. Sessions are designed to develop pupils’ skills in shelter building, team building, fire lighting, bushcraft, etc.
Schools involved include local state schools and a school for pupils with special needs.
The sessions act as a fun way to get children engaged in the outdoor classroom areas. Building confidence through teamwork and cooperation. In the case of Macclesfield Academy, the school hopes to build their engagement in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and the outdoor sessions delivered by King’s staff to their pupils offers a good stepping stone and an introduction the skills and activities required for DofE.
The King’s School is able to support a number of local schools who have very limited outdoor space and resources and a limited budget for booking facilities and staff.
King’s has recently relocated to a new 80-acre campus. The site has a number of different areas including a woodland area, stream, wetland wildlife area and outdoor activity areas. The school is looking to enhance its own outdoor learning provision and was keen to support the local community in these sessions. A team of enthusiastic teaching and support staff were keen to support the sessions.
As well as the school’s outdoor areas and outdoor learning equipment, the staff have been the main resource for the sessions. Both teaching and support staff give their time free of charge to make sure these sessions can remain free to all who use them.
Assessment comes from observation and comparison between sessions. The children are engaged and able to remember facts and details at the end of sessions and to carry knowledge over to subsequent sessions.
Sessions are adapted to suit the different pupil age ranges and the numbers attending. Numbers have been as high as 30 and as low as 6. Children have ranged in age from Year 3 pupils up to Year 9 (Macclesfield Academy students). The Park Lane Special school sessions have been specifically adapted to children with special needs.
The sessions run through the summer term on a weekly basis. They generally run for an hour to an hour and a half. Sessions run on a Wednesday afternoon but with increased demand we have added in a session on Tuesday mornings.