Forest School & Bushcraft

At Highfield we are blessed with wonderful grounds that include large swathes of woodland which enables us to give the children a totally different type of learning experience to enhance their educational journey. During recent years we have increased the opportunities for pupils to reap even more benefit from these surroundings, and learn new skills beyond the classroom, in the form of Bushcraft. Working closely with the Bushcraft Company, we have developed a series of short courses in Bushcraft techniques which place an emphasis on team-bonding and leadership skills, Bushcraft survival and expedition skills, education and adventure for the ultimate learning outside the classroom experiences. 

The courses are run in the woods that make up part of the school grounds and have proved something truly unique for pupils. Wilderness First Aid teaches the basics of risk assessment and First Aid in a natural environment. Wilderness Cookery shows how to identify and prepare wild foods such as rabbit, venison, fresh vegetables and how to use numerous different cooking methods including pit ovens, hot rocks and open fires. Through these courses pupils develop a real empathy and understanding of their immediate environment, experience valuable, meaningful, deep learning and have a fabulous time.

As the courses are run as part of the school activity weeks at the beginning of the autumn term, they also have tremendous 'pastoral' benefits allowing the children to make new friends at the beginning of the school year and helping to integrate the new children joining the school.

Staff and pupils alike have an extraordinary time being led by experienced and wholly enthusiastic Bushcraft instructors. Throughout the year, there are further opportunities for pupils to practice their new found skills by participating in Year group camp outs in the spring, summer and early autumn months.

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