Sparkan Foragers

We’re always looking for exciting ways to give the children new experiences, and Sparkan Foragers is the name of our lively Forest School programme. We have lots of fun exploring the great outdoors, learning about nature and wildlife, led by our qualified team members who have a real passion for the environment.

What is Forest School?

Forest Schools, or Nature Nurseries as they're also known, have been an integral part of early years education in Scandinavia since the 1950's, offering an alternative method of teaching in natural settings, such as forests and woodland. They focus on a variety of team-building and practical skills, like campfire cooking and den-building, while also educating on the importance of nature conservation.

Studies have shown Scandinavian schooling to be among the best in the world, and we take much inspiration from this philosophy of encouraging an appreciation of the natural world. As such, the ethos of Sparkan Foragers is to instill an interest that will hopefully live on into adulthood, while also helping children develop social skills, independence and self-confidence.

How to attend

Sparkan Foragers has been running since 2012 and is hugely popular with all participants. Chloe is our qualified level three Forest School teacher, and she runs weekly sessions as part of our After School Club during the warmer months from March to October.

What our Foragers get up to

  • Learning how to use tools and look after them
  • Building fires
  • Writing a journal
  • Campfire cooking
  • Shelter building
  • Using ropes and tying knots

The playground at Sefton Park School is currently undergoing some very exciting redevelopment work, creating the perfect space for our Foragers to explore.

Trips

Sparkan Foragers also venture far and wide on trips during After School and School Holiday Club to experience local wildlife in exciting places such as Windmill Hill City Farm, a great place for the children to 'muck in' and help out with a local community project whilst learning about local sustainable produce and encouraging healthy eating.

Narrow Ways is another place we love to venture, nettle picking to make soup that we cook on fires built by our own fair hands.

Some things to remember to bring to Sparks…

  • Weather appropriate clothing (coats, hats, gloves)
  • Book bag
  • School bag
  • Medication*
  • *We must have written permission from a parent or guardian to supply medication.

    Sessions & prices

    Sparken Foragers runs March-October as part of our Bristol After School Clubs. Visit our bookings page to find out how to register and book.

    Session Price per child
    15:30 – 18:00 £11.00

    Children must be picked up from Sparks by 18:00 at the very latest to avoid a fee.