Events and Session Bookings

  • Monday in the woods 'till dark!
    Mon, 01 Nov
    Sawpit Woods
    01 Nov, 15:15 GMT – 13 Dec, 17:00 GMT
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    After school club in the woods! 7 weeks from 1st November- 13th December. Children will be collected from St Mary's school and walk themselves to the woods every week until 5pm.
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  • Autumn Holiday Club in the Woods- Thursday
    28 Oct, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods this Autumn! Send the small people (from reception-Year 6) to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Autumn Holiday Club in the Woods- Wednesday
    27 Oct, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods this Autumn! Send the small people (from reception-Year 6) to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Winter Forest School Stay and Play
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 02 Nov
    Sawpit Woods
    02 Nov, 09:15 – 11:00 UTC
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield TN7 4AR, UK
    Come and bring your small person or people with you, for a potter in the woods every Tuesday morning to explore, play and connect with each other and the woodland, whilst we see Winter emerge around us. We will meet for 7 weeks from Tuesday 2nd Nov and every Tuesday until 14th December.
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FOREST SCHOOL: WHY DO WE DO IT?

We love being outside

Everybody does. It is a natural place to play and learn, which we all as humans have the innate drive to do. Having worked as Forest School leaders for over 10 years and camped with communities on the land since our childhood, we have been inspired by a long history of wonderful people and educators over the years. We hope to bring an amalgamation of their ideals and modern magic to play and learn in an engaged, joyful and fantastic way in the woods.

Forest School is an inspirational process, (not a place)  that offers ALL learners young and old, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands- on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. The growing body of research points to numerous benefits to learner, educator, child and parent alike.

Since 2017 Sawpit Woods have run Forest School sessions for primary aged children, run after school clubs locally, worked with a local pre-school and held family community and work days in the woods. We run holiday sessions for children and families. We are run a weekly parent and small persons stay and play group and maybe would like to create an evening group for adults...

Please have a read about what sorts of things we have been up to in the past on our Blog.

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CREATING AND MAKING

Have you ever wanted to create, make with your hands and your imagination with nature's inspiration? Then come and give it a go. The woods will provide the materials, your ideas are the only limiting factor.

We want to help to conserve and develop the woods, so come and help us to learn how we can tread lightly on the land and continue the guardianship of it for the future.

ACTIVITY AND ADVENTURE

The physical space outside is great and wonderful. The changing seasons and nature connection are not only brilliantly beneficial for you they are just downright beauteous. Come and climb and jump, swing and slip in the mud.

Use play to keep your mind and body active through connection to the space and the people.

LEARNING AND FUN

Qualified practitioners carefully facilitate programmes which are uniquely tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group.


We have the fundamental aim of building participants’ self-esteem, confidence, independence, creativity and enjoyment of doing and being.

And let's be honest- we want it to be fun (because it's always good to giggle).

 
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"First an activity needs to be entered into voluntarily; second it needs to be intrinsically motivating- that is you engage in an activity because it gives you a sense of pleasure, or enjoyment; and finally, the outcome is not known in advance."

- Priest, 1999.