NATURE NOODLES was set up by me – Jenny Flude. I am a Level 3 Forest School Leader and and Approved Practitioner with The Therapeutic Forest and I ran sessions off the Brampton Valley Way, Northampton from 2016 in an area known as the Outdoor Classroom. I have been fortunate to work alongside local nurseries with their outdoor projects – principally the BRICproject.org and have attended a conference in Sweden as a delegate to support the use of outdoor spaces for children. Helping them to take ownership of the natural spaces on our doorsteps to become the caretakers of the future.
MY aim was 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 and I am proud of having been involved in creating, maintaining and supporting this site.
I am passionate about enabling access to Nature for all and allowing as many as possible to experience not only learning from and connecting with Nature but also to have access to the many positives this can have on mental health. To this end, I am now working in a school full time and Nature Noodles has taken on a collaborative direction with likeminded practitioners working together and independently whilst supporting what each other does to help promote this nature connection and positive impact on our mental health.
CPD sessions are being created and the details of these will be advertised here.
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…
All sessions and session costs are advertised on the notice board.
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!