Forest School Plus Experiences @HerdFarm Feedback 2020

On Monday 16th March 2020 we celebrated our 200th session. Working with a school we had worked with several times before, we had a great day. On previous celebration days (100th and 150th) we had made roundhouse cakes to give to the classes but Covid was on the horizon so we gifted the class some replica artefacts and books. This was our last session before our Covid hibernation having already decided to cancel bookings before it was actually annocunced that schools would close. To complete the circle the same school will be our 201st booking in June 2021. The teacher said, " When we were given permission to make one visit this year it had to be Stone Age to Iron Age at Herd Farm."


In January 2019 fantastic feedback continues to be the norm. In August 2018 we had a group of Foster Carers and their families visit us at Herd Farm for a Prehistoric Playday. We did a bespoke session focusing on fun activities for familes to share including den building, firelighting and cooking over a fire.  "Best day ever!" said one young visitor.?


In January 2017 Forest School Plus was visited at Herd Farm by the education team from Flag Fen and Peterborough Museum (Vivacity). Our intergration of Archaeology and Forest School to create an immersive learning experience for KS2 pupils to learn about prehistory they considered to be best practise. Ian has written a short article on the relationship between archaeology and forest school.


We continue to recieve excellent feedback from visiting schools. Here are some extracts from our last few visits in 2016.

  • "Fantastic, engaging all the children. AMAZING!!" St Mary's PS Horsforth
  • "A real insight and hands on experience of the Stone Age to Iron Age period." St Mary's PS Horsforth
  • "A great day! Learnt lots of new facts and recapped learning from school - too much to recall!" Greenhill PS Leeds
  • "Exciting, interesting and informative." All Saints PS Leeds
  • "Fantastic day - so much information. Real artefacts made it real and very memorable for the children. Brilliant! Everyone involved." Guiseley PS
  • "Very informative, very immersive, pupils learnt so much more being outside." Colton PS
  • "A fantastic outdoor experience that perfectly brought classroom learning to life. An excellent, unforgetable experience. " Shakespeare PS Leeds


Iron Age Experience - Teacher Feedback  Autumn 2015

  • A really valuable learning experience
  • Excellent balance of facts and experiences
  • All children involved
  • It brought our topic to life
  • It gave the children a good understanding of what life was like in prehistoric times and how the Iron Age had progressed from the Stone Age
  • Children were captivated by the experience
  • Extremely informative
  • Pupils learn how prehistoric people survived
  • The Experience was very well planned
  • Great content and excellent subject knowledge
  • Took lots of photos that can be followed up in school
  • Fantastic, engaging, fun, practical and pitched at the right level for the age of the pupils
  • Excellent activities
  • The pupils learnt that the Stone Age and the Iron Age were completely different
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