Back to Basics run weekly Bushcraft sessions for our children in our wonderful woodland. Each class participates in a 5-week block of sessions, as well as extra sessions for selected children as part of our SEND and wellbeing provision. If you go down to the woods today, you’ll certainly be in for a big surprise at all the fabulous work the children have put in to creating their super shelters and more!

Back to Basics has a trusted reputation delivering Bushcraft, outdoor education & common sense.

They teach safe, fun & educational activities building on skills through activities including fire lighting, foraging, axe throwing, air rifles, shelter building, water, knots, tree identification, first aid and more!

The benefits of outdoor education and in particular Bushcraft are immense. It can help develop confidence, nurture new skills, assist with well-being and helps your mental health. They deliver outdoor activities that help to build resilience, common sense, fine motor skills, freedom, social skills & emotional stability.

Director & lead Instructor is Jonathan Earle, ‘The Bushcraft Man‘. Jonathan has been an outdoor instructor for 8 years.

Here are some photos of activities the children have taken part in during Bushcraft sessions with Jonathan.

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Outdoor learning programmes

Outdoor learning is an area that offers such a great diversity and potential for learning.

With Ofsted being so positive in regard to outdoor learning we have been asked by school leaders to provide more detailed evidence of activities and intended outcomes. Even though it is plain to see the benefits, evidence via work based books with strong lesson plans are essential. We  have developed our courses in collaboration with school leaders, and have referenced them to areas of the National Curriculum.

We will work with your school, class or smaller group and with proven courses we explore outdoor learning using Bushcraft and outdoor learning skills. The pupils have a booklet that they have stamped to evidence each skill or area of the National Curriculum they have covered for a specific activity. Having the children develop and be involved in their own learning outcomes allows them to take much more from a subject and discuss what they have learnt more passionately. 

The idea of learning by going back to the basics is our core aim as you need to build up and develop skills as you go. Our record booklet has white tick box squares for FOUNDATION activities and skills and grey tick box squares for ADVANCED activities and skills.