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school programmes


School Children learning bushcraft skills

Jonathon offers demonstrations of safe Bushcraft and Nature Awareness activities to all types of schools both primary and secondary, urban or rural. Activities can be adapted to suit the National Curriculum such as Environmental Studies, Geography, PSHE and Science.

He has worked with all abilities, including both severe and moderate learning difficulties, and all ages including reception year.He regularly works in secondary schools and with children who have been excluded or need extra help at school especially through the charity Motiv8. His bushcraft programmes can be ideal for children with low attention spans. Jonathon was also short listed for the Business Ambassador of the year award by the EBP (Education Business Partnership),for his creative skills in working with year 11 pupils.

Jonathon is a dynamic, creative, professional storyteller and speaker who has Teacher Training in Bushcraft and holds qualifications in Woodcraft, Basic Expedition Leadership, First Aid and is enhanced-CRB checked.

‘We took a group of young people (15yrs) for a bushcraft course in a local woodland. It was an engaging and interactive two days where they were taught how to start and sustain a fire using only the trees and some other tools they would have if ever stranded. For these young people it was a perfect alternative to the standard classroom based work. It allowed them to try new things and discover talents they didn’t know they had. Jonathon was great with the young people and made it enjoyable for everyone involved, have fun and learn something new, the young people had a great time and all said that they enjoyed themselves’.
Motiv8 Gosport.

Thank you for a wonderful Bushcraft week at the school, the children had such a good time’.
Thomas– a– Beckett Primary School, Worthing.

‘Thank you for making our Environment Week such a success… the children couldn’t stop talking about it’. Great Ballard School, Eartham, West Sussex.

‘It was so wonderful to have a safe, memorable and exciting bushcraft activity in our own school grounds’ St Mary’s C. E. First School, Washington, West Sussex.

‘Thank you for taking part and providing some really enjoyable storytelling. It worked really well, many many thanks.’ Faye Bradley, Arts Development Officer for Portsmouth City Council

‘The children greatly enjoyed your trip around Kingley Vale and learnt not only a great deal about their environment but also British folklore.’ Andy Mackay,Head of R.E. Staunton Park Community School , Havant, Hampshire.

‘You enthralled Year 10 with your storytelling and talk on conservation volunteering…I didn’t know it was possible to use storytelling in such a way!’ Park Community Secondary School, Leigh Park, Hampshire.

“Year 5 children from Southway Primary had a visit from Jonathon in early January when for the beginning of their Robin Hood Topic. He offered an hour and a half for each class through out the day on how to be a woodsman, what the children gained was fantastic.

Children were then shown a variety of utensils used in woodland living and used these to crush hazlenuts, mix flour and eventually create a dough. Jonathon was sure to keep the pupils engaged and gave all the opportunity to bake their bread on the open fire, while constantly referring back to medieval times and make a connection for the children.

A brilliant experience and one that really immersed our children into their topic and influence various pieces of work afterwards.

Southway Primary School, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

‘Jonathon is an eloquent speaker and gifted storyteller.’ Chichester Observer.

‘He held his audience, of mixed ages,spellbound…’ The News, Portsmouth.

For a nature based programme for your school, please contact Jonathon to discuss your requirements.

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