Since the launch of First Step Wild last January, our new outdoor education business has gone from strength to strength.
The KS1 and KS2 programmes have proved really popular – and during the first pilot programmes, we’ve helped more than a thousand children to get active and outdoors, encouraging them to engage with nature, learn and develop key skills through fun, hands-on learning.
As we enter our first full academic year, here’s what’s happening in First Step Wild.
Fantastic Feedback from Mersey Primary Academy
“All the children have been engaged throughout the sessions – and the lessons had clear links to our learning. The First Step Wild staff had impressive behaviour management and it’s been a pleasure to have the team here. Thank you from us all!”
Sarah – Year 5 Teacher, Mersey Primary Academy
Mersey Primary Academy in Hull ran our 6-week course at the end of the last academic year. In spring 2019, the school was looking for an engaging end of year programme for their Year 5 and Year 6 groups.
As every primary school teacher knows – the end of year can be a challenging time, and the approaching holidays (and move to secondary school for Year 6) can have an impact on behaviour and engagement!
The First Step Wild programme was a fantastic success. The children really loved the course, and made the most of the opportunity to get outside and hands on with nature.
Over the six-week programme, it was amazing to see the impact that outdoor learning had on the kids. From developing understanding and respect of the natural world, to nurturing self-confidence, leadership and teamwork, there was a real transformation.
The feedback from the school was fantastic – and we received full marks in all 9 categories from the teachers.
Going Wild in West Yorkshire!
Following the success of the initial First Step Wild programmes, we’re expanding into West Yorkshire for the 2019/20 academic year.
For this year, we’re rolling out our KS1 and Wild Tots programmes – which are available now to primary schools and nurseries across the county.
The KS1 programme focuses on emotional intelligence and social skills – as children are encouraged to connect their own emotions and feelings to the outdoors. Along the way, they work together to build empathy, confidence and communication skills by engaging with each other and the great outdoors.
Our new nursery programme, Wild Tots is designed specifically with toddlers and young children in mind. It’s a gentle introduction to some of the core programme principles – helping children to build confidence and connect with the natural world around them.