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Outdoor Learning

Miss A Steele

Outdoor Learning Champion and Wild Tribe Practitioner - Nursery to Year 1

Ms Lesley Taphouse

Wild Tribe Practitioner - Year 2 to 6

Wild Tribe 

Look after yourself

Look after each other

Look after the environment 


What is Wild Tribe?
Wild Tribe has been based on the principles of Forest schools, which, was developed from the Scandinavian education system and is about young people building self- esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world. 

What is the difference between Forest School and Wild Tribe?

Wild tribe has been developed by teachers and practitioners working alongside each other to ensure that units of exploration have been developed, which meet the needs of all learners not just early years and meets the requirements of the new national curriculum covering a range of curriculum areas. Each Wild tribe unit of exploration is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding as a result of their exploration.

The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating. Wild tribe has been developed based on the principles of Forest schools but with a natural Cornish twist.


What benefits will my child get from participating in wild tribe?

Wild tribe supports the holistic development of the pupil:

  •   Health and fitness – Being active in an outdoor, natural environment.
  •   Increased emotional wellbeing – There is research available supporting this.
  •   Social development – Communicating, and negotiating with peers and adults to solve problems and share experiences.
  •   Skills development – Developing fine and gross motor skills and coordination for real purposes.
  •   Gaining knowledge and understanding – Multi–sensory, real-life learning.
  •   Individualised learning – Careful observation allows adults to tailor support to pupils’ own interests and stage of development.
  •   Curriculum Links – Wild tribe supports many areas of the National Curriculum and EYFS.

Health and Safety
The health and safety of all participants is central to everything done within a Wild tribe programme. Wild tribe Practitioners are fully trained in risk assessment and emergency first aid. Some of the activities the pupils may participate in are ‘higher-risk activities’ (such as campfire cooking or tool use). However, these activities are not available to the pupils until certain behaviours and boundaries are established. Pupils are encouraged and supported in recognising and managing risk for themselves, through real life situations and experiences.

What will the children be doing?
The Wild Tribe activities will vary, however it may include:

•Natural crafts – making necklaces from elder, crowns or dream catchers from willow, collages from natural materials, weaving with long grasses, tree cookies, etc

•Mud sculptures

•Shelter building and knot tying

•Tree climbing

•Using tools for a purpose – such as peeling bark from sticks with potato peelers to make toasting forks.

•Fire building and cooking on a camp fire

Activities linked to literacy, numeracy, science or a topic.

Sessions are planned around the individual’s and group’s needs, and built upon each week. All Wild Tribe Practitioners are qualified through nationally recognised and accredited training, therefore ensuring Wild Tribe is a high quality learning experience. The earlier sessions will concentrate on safety; establishing boundaries and routines. As the pupils develop in confidence and familiarity with the environment the sessions focus on the development and consolidation of skills and understanding, and link further with national curriculum areas.

Where will pupils be going?

Wild tribe will be based in the school Woodland area. The site has mostly natural features (we may import natural materials such as sticks, logs, leaves and seeds) The sites are safe;  thoroughly risk assessed and managed appropriately by trained practitioners.