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Forest school – Ages 11-17

This is an entirely new concept realised in conjunction with Exmouth Forest School : learning English language with an environmental dimension.

This course takes place in the forest and encourages appreciation of the wide, natural world, it inspires children to grow in confidence, independence, self-esteem and develop an ability to assess risks for themselves. It allows them to explore and use natural materials found in the forest within a safe secure environment. Parents of children involved in Forest School have reported changes in independence, motivation, self-esteem and their child’s social outlook. This course encourages children to develop their presentation skills by making a final presentation to their class which is recorded on video for parents to see. Students can also  achieve the John Muir Award ( founder of the American National Parks) while they learn English and they attend this course alongside local English children (at least once per week in July & daily from 27 July)

From 3 July to 6 August

THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE – NEW 2018 COURSES COMING SOON

Package includes

  • 27.5 hours of English and Forest school studies
  • Host family Full board accommodation
  • 4 x evening activities including barbecues, swimming, excursion to the coast
  • 1 x full day excursion on first Saturday to Plymouth including visit to the National Marine Aquarium or Bristol and visit to SS Great Britain
  • Transport to Forest School from host family

If you need a VISA, please contact us  before booking online.

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THE COURSE

This course is in conjunction with the Exmouth Forest School to offer an English Language course for juniors that takes place entirely outdoors. Over the course of two weeks, students will spend six hours each day exploring the exciting outdoors in a beautiful and safe forest outside the town of Exmouth in the south of Devon.

Learning English in the natural environment is more lively and fun, and gives students an instant connection with the subject matter of the language they are learning. There will be the chance to integrate with local children during certain weeks of the course, who will attend the Forest School alongside international students, giving them a unique opportunity to talk with native speakers, and quickly progress their English.

This course will also provide a rich education about the life of the forest, exploring and using natural materials in a safe environment and with expert tuition. Parents report changes in independence, motivation, self-esteem and social outlook. Students are encouraged to discover wild places and show their appreciation of the environment and respect for nature and conservation. They will present their thoughts in English to other students which will be recorded on video and sent to the parents. All students will be given the opportunity to gain the John Muir Award, named after the founder of the first National Parks.

Teaching staff are trained Forest School leaders and  English language teachers are all native speakers and trained to teach English as a foreign language. There is a student to staff ratio of 1 – 8. 

The Place
Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. With two miles of
stunning beach that are a joy whateverthe weather, there are many things to do including boat trips, fantastic routes
for cycling and walking, internationally-acclaimed nature reserves and unique cultural events

The Teachers
Staff members are experienced Forest school leaders and the English language teachers are all native speakers and
qualified to teach English as a foreign language. There is a staff to student ratio of 1:8 and all staff are DBS checked (Criminal Records check).

Accommodation
Students will live with host families in Exmouth in twin rooms. Accommodation is on Full board basis. All families are visited and inspected by the school’s accommodation officer.

 

Sample Timetable: 

 

 

DAY

 

 

MORNING

 

AFTERNOON

 

EVENING

Sunday

Arrival Day

Monday

   Introductions, team  building games and ice  breakers games     Introduction to den building   and fire lighting skills          Cinema Night
This provides an opportunity for the students to get to know English-speaking    students on the course as well as each other and to get to know the woodland area  better. All mornings will start off with language worksheets/activities that will  introduce key words and concepts as well as build confidence. Key word acquisition  is a safety feature of being able to deliver activities in this environment.

Tuesday

   John Muir introduction;  what is it and how does it  work?     In groups of 5 students will  explore Exmouth forest school  site and discover a wild place  Barbecue on the beach
This will introduce the John Muir Programme and how they will progress through it.  We will also explain the project end goal so that students can begin preparing their  presentation notes through morning worksheets/ activities and have a clear group  focus to enable them to plan the presentation more effectively.
 

Wednesday

  Den building master class,  dead hedging    Language development on camp  craft skills  

  Bowling

This is the start of independent working including communication between English speaking and foreign speaking students.The afternoon will be important word acquisition and concept knowledge for subsequent group tasks.
 

Thursday

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   Build your camp in your  wild place 

 

Camp fire cooking challenge

Party Night

    This is independent group tasks where students will be exposed to normalised and  conversational language, as well as cementing a group identity through shared  experience and practical activity
 

Friday

   Build your camp in your   wild place     Fire lighting, menu planning and  cooking for the group

Evening with host

  This is independent group tasks where students will be exposed to normalised and  conversational language.This will also include reflection of the week and planning for the following week.
    Saturday                              Full day Excursion
   Sunday                               Day with host family

 

WEEK 2

 

DAY

 

 

MORNING

 

AFTERNOON

 

EVENING

Monday

  Orienteering challenge to include conservation skills and language skills    Orienteering challenge to include conservation skills and language skills         Games on the beach

Tuesday

Beach school day, local cliff walk and local history tour  Beach school day, local cliff walk and local history tour   Orienteering
 

Wednesday

  Conserve your wild space using skills and knowledge from Monday    Conserve your wild space using skills and knowledge from Monday  

Marshmallow BBQ

 

Thursday

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  Forest skills day including mallet making, friction fires, bows and arrows

 

Forest skills day including mallet making, friction fires, bows and arrows

Evening with host

 

Friday

Free play based on skills learnt throughout
course 
Make Youtube video tours to present John Muir Award activities and other experiences.

Leaving party

    Saturday                              Departure Day

 

GROUP TRANSFERS 

 For flights landing at Heathrow between 10.00-18.00 on a Sunday and departing from Heathrow between 10.00-18.00 on a Saturday.

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