Home Education Programme

At Life Rewilded we believe that learning, at its best, happens outside four walls, be that a home or a classroom. Children thrive when outside, experiencing life.

We understand the benefits of being connected to the natural world, and want to provide a platform for children to develop and nurture this. We also know that children are inquisitive and eager to learn. We want to provide them with the opportunity to connect with their local community and meet ‘real people’ in the ‘real world’, broadening their minds to how society works around them.

We have developed a bespoke programme for a group of home educated children that will provide outdoor education and nature connection, coupled with ‘real-world’ experience and wisdom from local businesses and initiatives.

This generation’s children are the future, and their education and understanding of the world is paramount to the future of society as we know it.

This 10 week program will educate your child on a huge variety of topics, from nature based learnings such as plant identification, foraging and woodland skills, to experience with industry professionals on topics such as film making, robotics and community gardening.

We have partnered with local businesses and initiatives to provide an incredible program for your child to learn in the best way possible.

This course is for home educated children aged 8-13.

It will run every Thursday from 10am – 2pm.

The location will vary on alternate weeks, our base being Ashton Court Estate. All locations will be within Bristol with access available by bike or public transport.

The course starts on the 20th January 2022 and will run for 10 weeks, with a break for half term on the week beginning 21st Feb.

Cost: £35 per child per week

£25 per sibling per week

The course must be paid for in full up front. Payment in installments can be arranged if required. Please contact us to discuss these options (details below).

Creating a tight knit community within this group is paramount, so a meet and greet will also be included in the week prior to the course commencing. This will allow us to meet the group, for them to meet each other, and for us all to begin the process of getting to know each other and becoming a team. It will also give you the chance to chat with us before the course commences and also meet the other parents.

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A general overview of the course:

The course will be structured on an alternate week rotation.

Week 1 (and then alternate weeks henceforth):

Location: Ashton Court

What: outdoor education, forest school and nature connection. Our approach will follow the forest school ethos and uses a child-led approach to learning. We honour the values of learning through play and incorporate these within the sessions.

Foraging | Wilderness living skills | Shelter building | Plant and tree identification | Ancient crafts.

Week 2 (and then again alternate weeks):

Partnership location (confirmed in January – All accessible from central Bristol by bus or bike).

I have partnered with initiatives across the city to provide the children with ‘real life’ hands on experience within the community that they live.

Our Partnerships:

Story telling through film with Friction Collective

The Future of Robots with University of Bristol

Environmental activism with Extinction Rebellion

Community Farming and Sustainable Living with St Werburgh’s City Farm

Each week a hot drink and snack will be provided. Each child should provide their own packed lunch.

Once you have booked onto the course you will be provided with more information on locations, weekly timetable and other additional details.

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Our drive and ethos at Life Rewilded:

As a forest school leader and advocate for nature based play, this programme has been designed to follow these basic principles:

Child led learning – All children learn in different ways, and we want to champion this. The sessions will allow the group to explore, learn and play on their terms.

Respect – One of the many aims of this group is to create a community of young learners who ultimately become advocates for the natural world around them; who strive for environmental protection. During our sessions we will become one, a team, that respects each other, respects the community we live in and respects the natural world around us.

Play and imagination – Play is one of the best ways children learn. Our sessions will facilitate and encourage the children to play and strengthen their imagination. As adults we can learn a lot from children in how they use their imagination to work together and solve problems. This is something we want to harness and nurture.

Qualified leaders – All our leaders are qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioners, with an enhanced DBS check and paediatric first aid. Our child to adult ratios will always be at a maximum of 6:1 throughout the course.

Holistic development – We view learning as a holistic process and not simply acquiring knowledge. These sessions will be developing a range of emotive and personal skills such as: self awareness, resilience, self-esteem, confidence, team work, independence and responsibility.

There’s no such thing as bad weather – These sessions will take place whatever the weather. With the (slight) exception of dangerously high winds, these sessions will go ahead. All children will require full waterproofs and welly boots for these sessions so they can be out and about, whatever the weather, and still be having fun!

Any questions contact Milly at:

liferewilded@gmail.com

Book now to reserve your place for 2022. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Once a place has been requested, we will send you payment options. Your place will then be reserved until an agreed date. If payment has not been received by then, your place will be offered to someone else. We understand that everyone’s financial positions are different. Please contact us to discuss your options if required.