Our outdoor learning opportunities and resources include:
- Forest School
- Educational visits for schools to a variety of locations
- Delivering workshops for both children and adults in schools and the wider community
- Creating resources for outdoor learning such as books, games and information packs
- Organising outdoor activities in the local environment for children, adults and families
- Working with schools to help them use the outdoor environment more confidently and effectively
- Interpreting the natural world by designing interpretation boards, leaflets, nature trails and displays
This website will allow you to find out more about Street Country and its background, browse our outdoor learning services and order our unique resources online.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of our services or resources, then please feel free to contact us
Forest School is a unique opportunity which enables children to initiate and develop their own learning through play in a natural environment, supported by adults who create a wide range of learning and developmental opportunities that meet the individual needs of the children.
It takes place regularly over a period of time in order to allow skills and experiences to be tried, built upon and developed.
The woodland or other natural environment provides the ideal setting for this and inspires the children to make a connection with the natural world that enhances their general well being.
As they learn to appreciate their environment, they are more likely to want to protect and sustain it.
The emphasis is on developing the whole child so that they become resilient, confident, independent and creative learners by learning to assess risk and apply boundaries, try new skills, solve problems and build on previous learning.
They are supported by leaders who observe the individual children’s progress and adapt the activities to the children’s needs and interests, encouraging them to take small achievable steps.
As they play, explore and discover, they are encouraged to take supported risks that are appropriate to them as individuals and the environment around them.
The repeated visits create a sense of community and facilitate the development of relationships.
Both children and leaders are encouraged to reflect on and review the learning that has taken place and this feeds into future planning.
Forest School leaders have all undergone training specific to the delivery of Forest School.
The activities can include craft using natural materials, identifying woodland flora and fauna, storytelling, making things out of wood using tools, den building, fire lighting and cooking.
Not all activities take place every session and every activity is rigorously assessed for risk and control measures put in place.
The children are taught how to undertake all activities safely before they embark on them.
The environmental impact on the woodland is also carefully monitored on a regular basis.
Forest School takes place for half a term at a time and is delivered by a trained Forest School Leader. It is good for all children but is especially beneficial for children with emotional and behavioural issues.
If you have opportunities for learning that you would specifically like included, please contact us.
2 hour session for up to 15 pupils
All programmes are designed to meet your requirements and are delivered by a qualified teacher.
Please contact Ruth Street to arrange a suitable date and location for your visit and to discuss your curriculum focus and learning outcomes.
A programme will then be written and sent to you prior to the visit, together with risk assessments and visitor guidelines. A pre-visit to the site can be arranged.
Programmes are available for Key Stage 1 or 2 in science, geography, literacy, maths or art.
We can cater for one class of approximately 30 pupils at a time.
£100 half day
£150 whole day
In School Sessions
Workshops – Water Voles, Non-fiction Author and Rivers
£80 for 1 workshop
£120 for 2 workshops on the same day
For assemblies, school grounds and staff training, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
All members of staff and volunteers working with the children have a current DBS certificate.
After School Clubs
£8 per child per week.
Bookings are for half a term at a time and fees are due even if your child is absent.
Children’s Birthday Parties
£9 per child for 2 hours
Minimum charge £60
Contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail
Adult Craft Sessions
£15 per person
If you are interested in our graphic design services, please contact us.
If you are interested in our conservation services, please contact us.
‘Ratty’ can be found along the river banks by RICHARD WILLIAMSON
Published on Thursday 1st March 2012
Everybody wants to see a water vole and now is the chance. This week’s walk takes you right past their habitat at Emsworth.
But if you cannot get there, a book by Sussex writer Ruth Street will tell you all about them in easy words and super pictures. It is mainly designed as an information book for primary school children and educational resource for teachers.
So your children or grandchildren will be entranced, and maybe go on to read Wind in the Willows and the adventures of ‘Ratty’.
Water voles are one of those mammals that do absolutely no harm to humans. Unlike just about all the rest, which are often classed as vermin.
They do burrow into river banks but not enough to damage them. Very occasionally they have been known to get into an apple store. Fishermen once accused them of eating salmon spawn, but there appears no proof at all. But they have been known to eat small freshwater bivalves on occasion, and a century ago were accused of eating turnips in gardens.
Ruth has produced some fine colour photographs to show us what water voles do along the river banks nowadays. They used to be called English beavers and one picture of her’s would fool you as it carries a mouthful of green weed to its burrow.
Another picture shows how they hold their food in the paws. This is usually reed, sedge and grass stems, and a give-away of presence are the lawns they make outside their burrows where they mow the grass with their sharp teeth.
The animals you may see today on Chichester canal and Pagham too will be the young of last year which are about to start breeding in the spring. Research shows water voles stay at home and will return from up to a mile if relocated downstream.
But they have many enemies. Cats and dogs catch them, tawny owls have been know to set up home above a colony and feed exclusively on them throughout the year. Mink and otters eat them. But they are just about able to fend off invasions by brown rats.
Polluted water ways have done them no good, nor has over-zealous bank clearance around riverside homes.
Ruth also tells us 90 per cent of water vole populations have been destroyed in the past 30 years. She shows a map of Sussex where water voles are still to be found, mainly in the Manhood peninsula south of Chichester.
Ruth has started her own business called Street Country, giving specialist teaching resources for environmental education.