Termtime Sessions

Weekday outdoor sessions for home-educated children aged 7+

 

Nestled in the seclusion of the Chiltern Hills, our location offers tranquillity and natural beauty.

 

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Natasha Lewis
Natasha Lewis
2024-04-09
What a golden gem this project is! My child diagnosed ASD has been attending every half term for around a year now and he always comes out so happy. This is the only place he’s had a consistently positive experience at.The activities are well thought out and engaging for all children with opportunities to learn valuable life skills. The team are fantastic at building self confidence and building an environment the children feel included and comfortable in. They really take the time to get to know the child individually and are fantastic at supporting their needs. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming and you can see they genuinely care. I really can’t speak highly enough of this project and the people involved. Thank you so much for what you do!
Lataya
Lataya
2024-01-16
My 6 year old son attended this camp for 2 days during Christmas holidays and absolutely LOVED it. I was extremely nervous leaving him on day one and actually sat in the car park for 2 hours waiting until I happened to see my son and the group walking to the woods to start a camp fire - my son looked in his element. That was very reassuring for me. The feedback from both my son and staff was very positive. My son can’t wait until he can go back in the holidays. Never found anything so suited to his interests and needs during the holidays before! Mike and the other staff were amazing, thank you SO much.
Carrie Lloyd
Carrie Lloyd
2024-01-07
My daughter attended all four days of the camp. She was so happy to have learnt new skills and enjoyed her outdoors time especially. The staff were always friendly and helpful and were really accommodating when she was anxious. I'm grateful that my daughter could get active outdoors and have fun even in the cold & rain!
Melissa Mostyn
Melissa Mostyn
2023-10-29
Before joining Out to Learn, for months following deregistration from school my son was very withdrawn with school trauma. He spent days gaming and refused to join any group activities or team sports. I couldn’t even get him out of the house. I was determined to get him into nature and so persuaded my son to do a trial session with OTL. He was immediately hooked! In the ensuing 18 months since, my son has had a flexischooling education, joined an U12 football squad set to compete in Barcelona next spring - and accumulated a wide knowledge of and respect for nature and wildlife, bushcraft, carpentry, cooking from scratch, and teamwork. How did OTL facilitate the return of my son’s confidence? By providing clear, patient, inclusive and well-informed leadership every week, allowing him to explore nature and wildlife in a variety of ways, build meaningful friendships, develop an awareness of neurodivergence, and add to his literacy and numeracy organically. Most of all science, which was always his favourite subject at school, has become even more invaluable to my son after learning about biology, genealogy, physics and chemistry in practice, ensuring an evolving interest in evolution and technology. I cannot imagine him ever stopping attendance of OTL. Mike and his team are wonderful facilitators and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Five stars all round.
Carmen Miron
Carmen Miron
2023-10-17
Out to Learn are outstanding!! My children love the outdoor activities that Mike, Gwendoline and the team have put together over the years. They spark curiosity, desire to participate, a safe and comfortable environment while being active, connected with nature and having so much fun! My 10 year olds acquired skills not available to them elsewhere and that gave them a sense of pride and independence, which is huge, especially for senco. We need more educational settings like this and the adequate support for them to provide the inspirational attitude for life! Thank you Mike and stay awesome!
Nisha Malani
Nisha Malani
2023-10-16
I highly recommend Mike Williams. My daughter (10) has been learning from him for 2 years and she absolutely loves his groups. I asked her to describe Mike's teaching and she said "I love it because it's fun and very interesting. Mike is very good at explaining things."
Robert Grant
Robert Grant
2023-10-10
Runs a great group with the kids, mixing science and bushcraft, orienting and social skills
Peter Wallace
Peter Wallace
2023-10-09
Mike Williams, is an exceptionally gifted leader in education. My son loved his lessons, mainly because they were thought in an interesting, and imaginative manner, because of that he remembers the lessons very well. I would highly recommend Mike, to anyone looking for a great facilitator of education, in a non traditional setting or manner. Highly recommended by our family.
Jamie uk
Jamie uk
2023-10-09
This Bushcraft experience is highly recommended, I took my two along and they both really loved the activities (ring making, fire starting), so did I for that matter! It was educational and enjoyable day out, the host Mike himself is very welcoming and really has tailored this experience soo well, it is both kid and adult suitable. If you want to get out in nature, this is a great start!👍
Veronica Brodie
Veronica Brodie
2023-10-09
My 11 and 8 year old daughters have attended Mikes sessions. He is kind, caring and considerate. He has helped my daughters confidence to grow and made my children feel very welcome and included. His style of teaching is inclusive to all and he is very enthusiastic and empathic. My children have learnt a so much with his help and he is a wonderful teacher. We highly recommend!!

“My 11 and 8 year old daughters have attended Mikes sessions. He is kind, caring and considerate. He has helped my daughters confidence to grow and made my children feel very welcome and included.
His style of teaching is inclusive to all and he is very enthusiastic and empathic. My children have learnt a so much with his help and he is a wonderful teacher. We highly recommend!” Veronica Brodie

Embracing learning outdoors!

Our flagship program, an established weekly OFSTED registered session, serves as the foundation of our offerings. Set in the great outdoors and equipped with facilities for warmth and comfort during colder months, children immerse themselves in an engaging bushcraft experience infused with applied science, geography, history, geology, English and social sciences.

Some of the fascinating projects we’ve delved into include dissecting a badger and reconstructing its skeleton, transforming a van into a functioning loudspeaker, crafting cheese, carving spoons, and even setting up a Christmas market. These sessions are child-led, encouraging abundant movement, occasional hikes, navigation, and exploration.

If your child possesses an adventurous spirit, a curiosity for learning, and a love for the great outdoors, we currently have available spaces at our OFSTED registered Tuesday program near Whipsnade Zoo in Hertfordshire. Don’t hesitate to reach out; we’d love to chat with you!

 

Next Trial Date:
Tues 14th May 2024
1030h – 1330h (short trial – drop-off) £35
0930h – 1530h (full day trial – drop-off) £60
Nr Ivinghoe Beacon, Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire / Buckinghamshire Border
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When are the sessions held?

Tuesdays (termtime) 0930h – 1530h

This is a drop-off situation for home educated children who are confident to be away from their parents for the day.

We also cater for children who are educated other than in school (EOTAS) and for those who require an alternative provision as well as attending school.

 

Where is the site?

Our beautiful secluded site nestled in the Chiltern Hills close to Ivinghoe Beacon and Nr Whipsnade Zoo on the Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire / Buckinghamshire boarder is a secret treasure bursting with geological and anthropological history.

 

The private site is OFSTED registered and has no public access. The site is safe yet feels free and wild.

What age children can attend?

7 – 15 (split into two groups based on age or suitability)

Who leads the sessions?

These sessions are overseen by qualified teacher, osteopath and bushcrafter Mike Williams and led by the very experienced and capable support team.

Our staff are DBS checked, level 3 safeguarding trained, first aid trained, food hygiene / safety trained (we regularly cook on the fire) and fully insured. 

Do you accept childcare vouchers?

As an OFSTED registered setting we are able to accept childcare vouchers.

Alternatively you can reclaim a significant percentage of our fees through the childcare element of Tax Credits / Universal Credits.

Please ask for details.

What are the fees?

For families personally funding their home-educating activities the fees are discounted at £60 per session with a half termly (6 week) commitment, which can be paid in instalments or in full before the start of term.

We offer a 30% sibling discount to these families also.

Our corporate rates for County Council and School clients (EOTAS, EBSNA) are £120 per session and include reporting. This includes those using an EOTAS personal budget.

We operate a thorough intake process to ensure that the setting and your child are a good match. This includes a completed suitability questionnaire / registration form along with a one-off  £100 registration fee payable upon accepting the place.

How physical are the sessions?

Very. While there is plenty of opportunity to sit round the fire or find a quiet spot for peaceful relaxation along with much focused project work, many of the sessions involve lots of movement including hiking. The site is large enough for a mini-hike, but we also occasionally venture out onto the Ridgeway (the ancient walkway high up above the valley) which offers a number of beautiful day-long geology hikes. We will always gauge the energy and stamina of the children in attendance when planning the more physical activities.

How do I get started?

We offer regular ‘trial sessions’ (see above for dates) where children can experience our offering for themselves.

These are shorter days with no commitment allowing prospective participants to meet new people and see if they would like to attend more regularly.

If we have spaces available and it feels like a good match from both sides you will be offered a place with a start date. If we are fully booked we can put you on the waiting list.

You can get in touch by completing OUR CONTACT FORM.

The sun setting on a beautiful and busy week of outdoor goodness #outdoorlearning #schooltrips #kindsinnature #alternativeprovision

The sun setting on a beautiful and busy week of outdoor goodness #outdoorlearning #schooltrips #kindsinnature #alternativeprovision ...

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Learning about #refraction #science #appliedscience #outdoorlearning

Learning about #refraction #science #appliedscience #outdoorlearning ...

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Amidst the turmoil of life;  a night in a sleeping bag by the fire under the stars; being awoken by the grunting and barking of wild deer close by after melting into the dawn chorus an hour before. Then a cool swim in the early morning sunny warmth while admiring the geological beauty of the landscape and contemplating our place within it... helps me to retain perspective on what this project is about and why we do it. Feeling blessed #wildswim #natureconnection #ridgeway #peaceinnature #perspective #outdoorlearning #bushcraft #childreninnature #outdooreducation

Amidst the turmoil of life; a night in a sleeping bag by the fire under the stars; being awoken by the grunting and barking of wild deer close by after melting into the dawn chorus an hour before. Then a cool swim in the early morning sunny warmth while admiring the geological beauty of the landscape and contemplating our place within it... helps me to retain perspective on what this project is about and why we do it. Feeling blessed #wildswim #natureconnection #ridgeway #peaceinnature #perspective #outdoorlearning #bushcraft #childreninnature #outdooreducation ...

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Using trays of water rather than a spirit level to teach the children how we find horizontal level. It was  beautiful to watch how much sense this made to them and how creatively they engaged with it using fingers and sticks to compare the depth of the water. They also used different levers and fulcrums intuitively so that they could easily lift the heavy structure at various points. #appliedscience #appliedmathematics #outdoorclassroom #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #ofstedregistered #pond  #natureconnection #natureinschools

Using trays of water rather than a spirit level to teach the children how we find horizontal level. It was beautiful to watch how much sense this made to them and how creatively they engaged with it using fingers and sticks to compare the depth of the water. They also used different levers and fulcrums intuitively so that they could easily lift the heavy structure at various points. #appliedscience #appliedmathematics #outdoorclassroom #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #ofstedregistered #pond #natureconnection #natureinschools ...

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Tarp set up really well by the kids this morning at #colneyheathschool - we're enjoying time around the fire together with singing, talking nature and science and generally getting stuck in. At Out to Learn we bring meaningful outdoor experiences to children both in and out of school supporting their confidence, emotional development and fostering a connection with nature. #outdooreducation #foreststschool #bushcraft #appliedscience #adhd #dyslexia #autism #neurodiversity

Tarp set up really well by the kids this morning at #colneyheathschool - we`re enjoying time around the fire together with singing, talking nature and science and generally getting stuck in. At Out to Learn we bring meaningful outdoor experiences to children both in and out of school supporting their confidence, emotional development and fostering a connection with nature. #outdooreducation #foreststschool #bushcraft #appliedscience #adhd #dyslexia #autism #neurodiversity ...

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How wonderful to be involved in playing music again after such a long time. Four part harmonies, mandolin and fiddle... pretty much my dream band! First gig after two rehersals and we decided to call ourselves Chiltern Echos :) hoping to find a budding sound engineer to join us next. Lovely way to spend the day at #cheshamcarnival

How wonderful to be involved in playing music again after such a long time. Four part harmonies, mandolin and fiddle... pretty much my dream band! First gig after two rehersals and we decided to call ourselves Chiltern Echos 🙂 hoping to find a budding sound engineer to join us next. Lovely way to spend the day at #cheshamcarnival ...

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In less than two terms, the children at @bledlow_ridge school have transformed this unused pond area into a beautiful peaceful sanctuary for wildlife (including humans) to enjoy together. Sitting by the pond around a fire, listening to the birds and looking for signs of other visitors is a simple joy. With planning, hard work, and creative insight, we can now enjoy a space that was previously considered unusable. #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #forestschool #teambuilding #powerofnature #appliedscience

In less than two terms, the children at @bledlow_ridge school have transformed this unused pond area into a beautiful peaceful sanctuary for wildlife (including humans) to enjoy together. Sitting by the pond around a fire, listening to the birds and looking for signs of other visitors is a simple joy. With planning, hard work, and creative insight, we can now enjoy a space that was previously considered unusable. #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #forestschool #teambuilding #powerofnature #appliedscience ...

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