Come and join us to be a Nature Noodle at Forest School sessions held in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.
Nature Noodles is a pre-school Forest School group running term time only in blocks of 6 weeks. 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 and also use the Forest @UN site at the local College. I have been fortunate to work alongside local nurseries with their outdoor projects – principally BRICproject.org and have been invited to attend 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 music sessions (Woodland Rhymetime with a musician) and storytelling and star gazing. Weekend sessions for older Nature Noodles will also be advertised on the Notice Board.
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…
Nature Noodles runs on a Thursday morning 9.45am with a coming together at 10.00am and finishes around 11.30am. There tends to be a natural break for a snack around 10.30am. There is also a Friday afternoon session running 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
The sessions are run in 6 week blocks unless otherwise stated, such as the Summer Sessions. 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 £3.00 (unless advertised differently as an extra event) for a parent/ carer and up to 2 children with a charge of 50p for any additional children.
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!