Discover Bushcraft 2017-18

New dates for 2018 now below – Now Fully Bookedstock-photo-70252533-starting-a-fire[1]

Discover Bushcraft days are an exciting new opportunity for P3s and P4s to come and learn new bushcraft skills and work in a woodland.

If you are interested in your class participating in these events please read the information below and contact .  Please email the class size and how many adults will be attending.

  • Dates 5th, 19th 26th February & 5th March 2018
  • Day plan We will work with your full class for a ½ day session – morning or afternoon. We plan to do 3 different activities that groups rotate around. The activities will include some of the following; shelter building, hammocks, fire making, kelly kettles, environmental art. The activities will take place outside, but were possible will take place in outdoor shelters
  • Equipment Students should be dressed appropriately for inclement weather – i.e. waterproofs, warm clothes, hat, gloves and waterproof footwear. We will provide a limited amount of; waterproofs, hats, gloves and fleeces. We will also provide all specialist bushcraft equipment. In addition students require: medicine (asthma inhaler, etc), snack, drink, and a full change of clothes and footwear (to be at school on students return)
  • Transport It will be the schools responsibility to organise this
  • Staffing The teacher should attend with the classIMG_5639
  • Activity location The activity will take place at Vogrie Country park
  • Cost There is a small charge of £1 per student
  • EVOLVE If you get a place on this activity, please ensure that your attendance is registered on EVOLVE – the form submitted should show the provider as Midlothian Council Outdoor Learning Service. (AALS licence number is  L10250/R1370).
  • Further development information about woodlands learning can be found on the OWLS website here



Curriculum for Excellence & Bushcraft Activities

Participating in Bushcraft can help develop life skills, it is enjoyable and safe. Importantly, schools get active in the outdoors, and pupils can develop a lifelong love of outdoor activities. As well as developing the four capacities of the CfE, Bushcraft contributes to many other experiences and outcomes e.g.;

TCH 2-13a – During practical activities and design challenges, I can estimate and measure using appropriate instruments and units.

HWB 2-16a – I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

HWB 2-23a – While working and learning with others, I improve my range of skills, demonstrate tactics and achieve identified goals.

TCH 2-11b – Having evaluated my work, I can adapt and improve, where appropriate, through trial and error or by using feedback.

HWB 2-19a—Opportunities to carry out different activities and roles in a variety of settings have enabled me to identify my achievements, skills and areas for development. This will help me to prepare for the next stage in my life and learning.

EXA 2-05a – Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.

HWB 2-22a – I practice, consolidate and refine my skills to improve my performance. I am developing and sustaining my levels of fitness.

HWB 2-24a – By reflecting on my own and others’ work and evaluating it against shared criteria, I can recognise improvement and achievement and use this to pro-gress further.