Mainstream, Alternative & Teacher training

MAINSTREAM EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

ORIENTEERING (KS2)

Starting at the beginning and working up to full competition orienteering we look at maps, discover the fun of running and navigating understanding keys and terrain and solving maths and puzzles.

• Pirate Maps • Clip it! • Star Course • Map jigsaws  • Score Course • Map Making • Team Tag

HABITATS AND ADAPTATIONS (KS1 and KS2)

A fully hands-on and practical exploration day to see who we share the forest with. Get close to mini-beasts who live on land, in the air and in the water and find out how they adapt to the environment they live in.

• Pond dipping • Sweep netting • Tree beating • Searching under log piles • Mini-beast passports • Butterfly feeding stations • Pebble/felt creatures

WOODCRAFT (KS2)

The dream of every child (and most adults) to build a den in the woodland big enough to eat their lunch in!  This programme revolves around wood and your students will finish the day knowing the difference between green wood and dead wood, how and why the fire triangle works, where to find water in the woodland and some origins and uses of plants.

• Natural shelter building • Fire-lighting and cooking bread over their fire • Water collecting • Nettle string making • Making wood ‘cookies’

TEAM TACTICS (KS2, KS3 & KS4)

Reach beyond the classroom and allow your students to experience the forest within this programme.  This programme offers fun and engaging activities to develop team-building and problem-solving skills. Key concepts: physical education, personal development and spoken language

• Build a ballista • Cross a crocodile-infested swamp • Save a precious butterfly cocoon • Rescue a rare egg • Stay aboard a melting iceberg • Build a tower…. etc.

RIVER STUDIES (KS2)

Who doesn't like splashing in the stream!  We do, but more so when we can learn whilst we do. This multidiscipline day involves literacy, maths, science, geography and history as we explore a mill, understand the terminology and the stories that rivers invoke, measure, test and record the river and see how and why it shaped the land and the people around it.

• Natural shelter building • Fire-lighting and cooking bread over their fire • Water collecting • Nettle string making • Making wood ‘cookies’

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION INTERVENTIONS

Black Dog Adventures has several programmes for working with disengaged and hard to reach learners. We have had many years of experience working with young people from all the Key Stages of education and with young adults with varying abilities and additional or complex needs.

MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAMMES

For pupils with specific needs focused around physically active programmes, practical and adventurous with elements of managed risk we offer a mountain bike programme covering riding skills off-road, bike maintenance, safety and the law, physical fitness for cycling, culminating in a short expedition. Using the MIAS gears programme they can gain recognised awards.

FOREST SCHOOL

Forest School is a unique and effective way of working with small groups of participants (typically up to 12).  All the learning takes place on one of our designated sites in the forest.

The Forest School ethos of student-led learning in the forest environment has been well documented to have outstanding results and we have found that as well as being successful with pre-school and primary aged children it is also a very successful process of learning for KS3 and 4 students, adults with additional needs, participants with mental health diagnoses, the homeless, families and those with acquired head injury or other disabilities.

BUSHCRAFT

For schools, pupil referral units or centres who are looking for a Bushcraft experience with more specified learning outcomes than Forest School (ie: a pre-programmed scheme of work),  or those who would like their students to gain vocational qualifications or to achieve a John Muir Award

On the longer programmes, students should expect to gain appropriate vocational awards or certificates.

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