Come and join us to be a Nature Noodle or a Friday Fox at Forest School sessions held in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.
Nature Noodles and the Friday Foxes are Forest School groups running term time only in blocks usually of 6 weeks. There are also fortnightly Outdoor Learning Sessions running on a Monday. These sessions are led by myself, Jenny Flude a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. I have been running sessions off the Brampton Valley Way, Northampton since 2016. I have been fortunate to work alongside local nurseries with their outdoor projects – principally BRICproject.org and have attended a conference in Sweden as a delegate to support children’s involvement with outdoor spaces.
My aim is to create a Community Forest School working alongside the landowners Sustrans in support of their Greener Greenways project with the help of their Wildlife Champion Volunteers and not only providing Forest School sessions for children but to have sessions for music, storytelling and star gazing.
All upcoming events will be advertised on the Notice Board.
Forest School adopts a totally child centred and child led approach to the outdoors – it is very much about a way in which Leaders can educate, learn and explore with children and has a whole child inclusive approach. Activities are set out as possibilities, often stemming from child led interests within the group but the emphasis is on parents/ carers following and supporting their child’s choice of play.
There is a loose structure to the sessions allowing time to come and explore the area before activities are set out with stories and games and free play.
We will have fun! There is so much that we can do it is hard to know where to start – from games with hiding and running around, bug hunts, stick collecting, jumping and balancing, tree identification, magic potions, natural art, den building, storytelling…
There are two sessions currently running regularly. From September these will have new times – Nature Noodles and the Friday Foxes run on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. Nature Noodles 1.30-3pm and the Friday Foxes 2-4pm. There tends to be a natural break for a snack around halfway through. Additional ad hoc sessions will be advertised separately.
The weekly sessions usually run in 6 week blocks unless otherwise stated. This gives me an idea of who is coming and being able to plan and provide for their interests and way of play and to accommodate interest.
There is a charge of £4.00 per child or £6.00 per family up to 3 children with a charge of £1.00 for any additional children (unless advertised differently as an extra stand alone event).
What the children need to bring/wear
All children should be dressed appropriately –
- Long sleeved tops and gloves in all weathers to protect them from stinging nettles and brambles/ thorns/ sharp twigs etc. Lighter layers for the warmer/ sunnier months and heavier layers for the cooler weather.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers as required.
- Wellington boots or sturdy boots/ trainers that you don’t mind getting muddy!
- Warm hat and gloves or a sunhat weather depending.
- Spare clothes for wet and muddy play.
- Please bring any snacks and drinks that your children may want.
Children are encouraged to use the toilet before coming to Forest School. If the need arises then they will be accompanied by their parent/ carer to go for a ‘wild wee’ and any toilet waste will be buried.
For further information or if you would like to book on for a session then please get in touch!