We offer play and learning opportunities in your school grounds, local woodlands or National Trust property.
Forest Schools are an exciting outdoor learning initiative originating in Denmark. At a Forest School children interact directly with nature and experience new ways of learning. Activities can support areas of the curriculum but just as importantly, nurture social skills and build self-esteem. The ethos of a Forest School is based on a respect for children and recognition of the importance of self-directed exploration and play. Forest Schools emphasise holistic development and emotional learning and tie in well with the Montessori approach.
Children benefit through outdoor learning in the woodland setting; developing resourcefulness, raising self-esteem and increasing respect for each other and the natural environment.
Our workshops support The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and can be tailored to support your curriculum.
Schools can opt for a taster session or programme of sessions. Some schools select children who may particularly benefit from the Forest School experience, such as particularly shy children or those who have difficulty engaging in the classroom. Other schools select a particular age group.
Nature Nurture works closely with teaching staff in both the design and delivery of workshops, to meet the needs of each setting and to ensure a positive and enduring impact.
We offer Visual Arts workshops to nursery and primary schools in the Reading area, including drawing, watercolour painting, giant group sculpture and wall displays, mask and puppet making and collage.
We are able explore curriculum themes or tie in with national arts programmes, such as The Big Draw and The National Gallery’s Take One Picture . We are also trained to deliver the Arts Council’s Arts Award Explore (designed for ages 5+) and Discover (designed for ages 7+).
We provide Global Citizenship workshops and work closely with local Development Education Centre RISC. Our workshops at EP Collier Primary School involved learning about Brazil and creating carnival costumes for a playground procession. At Churchend Academy, we worked with every class to celebrate the cultures that make up the school.
“Natalie has worked on several projects with the school in the last 4 years. She designed and created a Global Arts project, celebrating the diversity of the school through art. She has also been a visiting artist as part of themed weeks, making a whole school collage on the theme of nature and most recently a large scale 3D sculpture from willow to illustrate the Olympic values. Natalie is always keen to collaborate with the school making the project a two-way process. She will take into account school topics and timetables. She is also sensitive to preferred ways of working and managing the children as she has worked with staff and children from nursery to year 6.
I recommend Natalie to any school wishing to collaborate on an art project.”
Assistant Principal, Churchend Academy