Bushcraft, Wilderness Living Skills and the subjects surrounding these terms in a broader sense can have a large part to play in helping young people learn through different techniques and experiences.
Bushcraft provides us with many opportunities to contribute to the National Curriculum in a range of different subjects in a hand on and enjoyable manner that young people will never forget. Some examples are listed below:
Fire: links with physics, chemistry, team building, communication and English speaking
Water: links with geography, biology and physics
Foraging: links with biology and chemistry
Woodland studies: links with life cycles, water cycles, photosynthesis, food chains, etc.
Hunting, trapping and game preparation: links with the history of human kind and the skills and techniques employed by our ancestors.
We have also had great success using bushcraft to help young people with their creative writing through practising the skills and re-enacting the scenarios that have been reading about in books on the National Curriculum such as Kenzuke's Kingdom and Lord of the Flies. By experiencing these situations first hand, students can bring what they have been reading to life, and in turn they are better equipped to creatively describe experiences in their own writing.
We specialise in running Stone Age Experience days at schools to link with the National Curriculum, previously these days have included; Primitive fire, primitive shelters, game preparation and primitive hunting and cooking techniques, natural cordages and primitive artwork including cave painting and clay work.
We can run one off or progressive courses for any age group of any size, either at your school or at our woodland in Tickenham.
We are currently only able to offer courses during weekends, to discuss how we can benefit your students please contact us today.
Matt was an excellent instructor who led the group well throughout the day with consideration to the pace of the learning and what we actually did. He is a very personable sort of guy who quickly established a warm rapport with us and without doubt was extremely knowledgable about his subject which he taught with confidence and passion. He even had to contend with a biblical style downpour right in the middle of the day! He took it all in his stride and continued to motivate and interest us with a wide scope of topics that I had given him for the group to get stuck into. I will definitely recommend him to others and will try and organise another day with him later in the year.