School Bushcraft Programs

A bushcraft program can meet the objectives of your curriculum in a fun and interactive way that the students will remember.

"I thought the event was fab! We got all of the learning objectives and enjoyment we wanted from the course. Thank you for all your hard work. We hope you'll come back again next year. One student told me 'It was the best day I have ever had at school.'"Matt Birch, deputy head at Bishop Gilpin Primary School, Wimbledon.

"The feedback from the children was very positive. They felt they had a fun day with fun and learning. I thought there was a good balance of work and learning and breathing time for the children", Dorothea Van Breda, St Michael Steiner School.

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How does a bushcraft program meet the objectives of the curriculum?

The following can meet the objectives of your curriculum in a fun and interactive way that the students will remember!

Cooking and nutrition
Students can learn to forage for foods and cook on an open fire. They can learn about the nutrition of wild foods and the different ways people have historically gathered foods, and compare that to the use of modern farming.

Geography
The founder of London Bushcraft has a wide range of experience and knowledge of diverse places, people and natural and human environments through extensive travel and exploration throughout the world. This knowledge can be incorporated into the programmes in a fun and interactive way. We provide natural navigation activities, where students can learn to identify direction (north, south, east and west) using the natural world around them.

History in the UK and around the world
Focusing on the UK, students can learn about changes in how people lived from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and how that relates to the various aspects of bushcraft we can teach them.

Alternatively, if the students are learning about a specific culture we will look at the various ways people live around the world and compare the different approaches to the culture the students are studying. We will provide a teaching resource that is inspired by the extensive travel our founder has had with various groups worldwide. The area of the curriculum this addresses is studying a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.

Plants
Students can learn to identify the functions of different parts of plants, such as the roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. They can also learn about the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal, in a fun and interactive way.

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Location: We travel to your school or Choice of Four london venues and one in Berkshire

We can run the programme at your school or another venue of your choice. Alternatively, choose from one of the below venues.

East Ham Nature Reserve
Address: Norman Rd, London E6 6HN
This fantastic nature reserve is also one of Britain's largest churchyards. The seven-acre site has been a nature reserve since 1977, providing a haven for a huge range of plants and animals. The nearest tube stop is Beckton, which is on the DLR.

Eastbrookend Country Park, Romford
Address: The Chase, Dagenham Road, Rush Green, Romford, Essex, RM7 0SS.
A large country park in London within walking distance of a tube station with the bonus of still feeling like you are in the countryside. The park is 84 hectares and has four lakes. The closest station is: Dagenham East tube station on the District line.

Frylands wood, Croydon
Address: Featherbed Lane, Croydon CR0 9AA
60 acres of woodland located in the green belt in South London with easy access from the M25. Less than an hour from central London by public transport.

Barn Elms Playing Fields, Barnes,
Address: Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9SA
Within easy reach of south and west London, this lovely wood is an escape from the bustle of the city without travelling out of London.

Wellington Country Park,
Address: Odiham Rd, Riseley, Berkshire RG7 1SP
A country park in Berkshire, around Riseley, near Reading. The park consists of 350 acres of coniferous and deciduous woodlands with several nature trails and a lake.

How long are the programs?

Timings are completely flexible to suit you.

What is the cost?

We will endeavour to create a program that meets your budget. Each course varies as it depends on the exact content of your event, numbers participating, venue and if you will be providing any adult helpers. We will provide all equipment and tuition. Please contact us for a quote.

What about risk assessments

Risk assessments will be provided for all activities.

Expert tuition with experience from around the world

As well as being experienced in bushcraft in the UK, London Bushcraft founder Wendy Paton has also led 21 expeditions worldwide. Our tuition is practical and hands-on, with a strong focus on facilitating individuals and groups to grow and develop. A debrief at the end of the day will draw out what participants have learnt.

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