Green Man Learning

Providing outdoor learning and play opportunities throughout West Yorkshire

Established in January 2012, Green Man Learning is a one man band Forest School and outdoor education provider. Working predominantly in primary schools (or rather out of primary Schools) throughout West Yorkshire delivering play based and experiential learning for children of all ages!

19/01/2024

We're going back up North!
Cumbria is one of my favourite places on Earth and it's a pleasure to be working with Branch Out at their Penrith site once again.
This one day CPD workshop brings to life the 40+ games in our book "The Games We Play" and is perfect for anyone wanting to learn and share more games to engage their learners with. It's a hugely fun day, with lots of running around, laughter and fun.
Every attendee gets a free copy of "The Games We Play" to take home with them!
Come and join us, it's a right laugh!
Book now at www.bookwhen.com/wildpassport

We're going back up North!
Cumbria is one of my favourite places on Earth and it's a pleasure to be working with Branch Out at their Penrith site once again.
This one day CPD workshop brings to life the 40+ games in our book "The Games We Play" and is perfect for anyone wanting to learn and share more games to engage their learners with. It's a hugely fun day, with lots of running around, laughter and fun.
Every attendee gets a free copy of "The Games We Play" to take home with them!
Come and join us, it's a right laugh!

Book now at www.bookwhen.com/wildpassport

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 09/01/2024

It's a New Year! Which means we're shaping up good weather andlonger days ahead!
If anybody is interested in birthday parties when the weather starts to warm up...get in touch to book now, places are limited!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 11/12/2023

A wonderful day running our "The Games We Play" training for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust just outside Grassington! Proper fun!

Buy your copy of our "The Games We Play" book now from www.wildpassport.co.uk/shop/the-games-we-play-digital
(Available in paperback and digital formats)

19/11/2023

We had a lovely morning in the wood for Fintan's birthday today! A lovely bunch of kids, awesome dam building skills and another tremendous cake from Fins mum, Jennie!

We've got slots available for birthday parties over the coming month... Get in touch to book yours now!

01/10/2023

We're firmly back in the Birthday Party business! Our first parties were last weekend and both were a blast!
We're only offering very limited opportunities for parties though...just two slots a month and we've already filled one of October's slots! So get in touch asap to book your child's party!
(Parties for children aged 7-11)

17/08/2023

I'm really pleased to announce the release of our newest resource; "The Games We Play".

A guide to more woodland group games than you can shake a stick at! Perfect for Practitioners looking for more ideas for energising and building bonds within their practice.

£7.99 (paperback) or £4.99 (digital)

Available from either www.wildpassport.co.uk/shop

OR

www.greenmanlearning.co.uk/shop

Containing over 40 games, ideal for playing in any outdoor learning setting, from woodlands to playgrounds.

Categories include;

- Hide and Seek games

- Circle games

- Team games

- Paper, Scissor, Stone games

- High Energy games

There's a game for all ages and abilities!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 10/08/2023

I received this email from Leeds Coppice Workers Cooperative and thought it was too good a deal not to share! It would be ideal for anybody working in schools and playgrounds who might not have access to wood for den building. I've seen lots of companies selling similar, but none at these prices!

"Hello fellow woodland lover,

It's the summer holidays, perfect time to get den building with the kids.

Why not stock up on locally sourced, hand crafted den poles from Leeds Coppice Workers. 7ft+ poles crafted with the right amount of Y branches and pegs, but not a pointy end in sight, to create a sturdy and safe den with those little adventurers. All poles are made from hazel grown and harvested using sustainable management techniques in woodlands in and around Leeds.

Due to a bumper crop of den sticks this year we have a great 25%+ sale now on:
🌳 One bundle of 10 x den poles now costs £15 (down from £20)
🌳 Get 4 bundles of 10 x den poles for £50
🌳 Get in touch for further discounts on bulk orders, perfect for forest schools

Order through our website (https://leedscoppiceworkers.co.uk/den-sticks/)"

01/08/2023

I'm super excited for this CPD workshop for outdoor learning Practitioners on Saturday 30th September! A full day's training for only £45! This training session really does rely on us having a good number of people in order to get the most out of these games, so tell a friend!

Book now at www.bookwhen.com/greenmanlearning

"Come and join us for a day of learning a whole raft of group games to incorporate into your sessions; hide and seek and a million variants, circle games to calm, circle games to enthuse, high energy games, wide games, team games, paper-scissor-stone games...the list goes on
There'll be some you're familiar with and a bunch you've never played before. You'll be able to talk about the variations you use and pick up some ideas on how you can adapt things for your settings. We'll talk about the role of games in your delivery, how competition can help and hinder, the role of Forest School in promoting physicality and why that's important at all!
We'll basically play as many games as we can fit in to the day before we drop!
Everyone will go home with a copy of the Green Man Learning "Great Games Guide"; a comprehensive list and guide to all of the games we play, plus more (RRP £5)
This will be an extremely active session with lots and lots of running around and movement so eat a big breakfast and come dressed for movement!"

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 30/07/2023

After a hiatus we've decided to begin offering birthday parties again!
2.5 hours of games, fun and adventure in our private woodland, including some campfire party food! For children aged 7+
We've got availability throughout the Summer and into Autumn. Get in touch for a quote!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 28/07/2023

If you're stuck for something to do with the kids this summer, take a look at our Homemade Adventure!
Perfect for any budding Adventurers out there!
It's a self contained story quest that you can set up using bits and pieces around your house, with access to loads of professionally voice acted videos that you access using your tablet or phone and our provided QR codes.
Once you've bought it you can replay it as many times as you like, and thats not bad for £10!

http://www.greenmanlearning.co.uk/shop/home-made-adventure-home-edition

22/07/2023

Everyday for the past goodness knows how many days spent in the woods, and how do I choose to celebrate the end of term? You guessed it!

Thanks to everyone who was part of our academic year 22/23! I hope we'll see you again next academic year!

02/07/2023

We're down to our last two places for next weeks WILD Passport Practitioner course...Come and join us and become one of a growing number of WILD Passport Practitioners around the world, enhancing your outdoor learning provision with our five year knowledge and skills framework!
Book your place now at www.wildpassport.co.uk/training

27/06/2023

It's hard to beat hide and seek in the dark!

19/06/2023

We're gearing up for some summer time fun!
Our partners at Yorkshire Wildlings are providing daily camps at Bulcliffe Woods, every Monday to Thursday from 9-3 throughout the school holidays.
Visit www.yorkshirewildings.co.uk to book now!

27/05/2023
Photos from WILD Passport's post 16/05/2023

Come and join us this summer, it's going to be a belter!

15/05/2023

This weekend was the annual Bradford Forestfest run by the Bradford Forest Schools network. It's years since I attended, but I'm glad I did as I picked up loads of cool ideas to use in future sessions and training.
This was one of the highlights though...a hand powered rope maker! Final product in the comments.

09/05/2023

Green Man Learning is really pleased to be supporting the Arthur Halliwell Education in the Outdoors Award.
It's an award local to us (Kirklees) organised by grassroots organizations to recognise and reward exceptional work in the Outdoor Education sector.
If you know of any individual or organisation delivering Outdoor Education in Kirklees then please encourage them to apply for this award!

WILD Passport is really pleased to be supporting the Arthur Halliwell Education in the Outdoors Award.
It's an award local to us (Kirklees) organised by grassroots organizations to recognise and reward exceptional work in the Outdoor Education sector.
If you know of any individual or organisation delivering Outdoor Education in Kirklees then please encourage them to apply for this award!

23/04/2023

Our next WILD Passport training is now available to book!
Visit https://www.wildpassport.co.uk/national-trainers to book your place!

Our next WILD Passport course takes place at our Wakefield base. We have our first international trainees from across the pond joining us for this course! This course is co-facilitated by both Jamie Dakota (Howl Bushcraft) and Lily Rowe-Horseman (Kindling: Playwork, Training, Forest Schools and creative workshops) so it promises to be a cracking event.
Camping is available with prior notice.
We've already sold 50% of available places, so move quickly to grab yours!
Book now at https://www.wildpassport.co.uk/national-trainers

22/02/2023

Wow! What a massive achievement!
Jacob becomes the first person in the ENTIRE WORLD to complete the WILD Passport!
What an inspiring young man, and what talent and perseverance!

Dad fears kids will fall through gaps on '8ft' play park branded 'danger zone' 18/02/2023

This is disappointing to read. All children deserve and need the opportunity to engage in risky play, whether that's in a natural area or an urban park.

Author Nassim Taleb wrote, “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

The idea is that somethings improve as a result of their exposure to and recovery from minor damages and hurts.

Our children are antifragile and we do them a huge disservice by not allowing them to grow into the most resilient, independent, confident and optimistic version of themselves by denying them the opportunity to fail, to get hurt, to get frustrated and to recover and succeed in spite of all that.

It's much more dangerous to live a life in absolute safety with no risks or challenges than it is to live a life where it's inherent challenges make us grow and develop into better versions of ourselves. The world can be tough and we're not protecting or helping our children in the long-term if we don't expose them to things that will teach them the skills necessary to navigate and thrive in it.

Dad fears kids will fall through gaps on '8ft' play park branded 'danger zone' Andrew Stott also segments of the park's slide are poorly connected and the floor is too hard.

10/02/2023

We caught some lovely footage on our Trail Cam in the woods this week as part of our Level 3 WILD Passport Practitioner course (more videos in comments)

06/02/2023

It's National Apprenticeship Week!
I can't tell you how happy I am to be delivering the "Outdoor Learning Specialist" Advanced Apprenticeship alongside Coventry City Council and passing on the decade of experience and knowledge gained from working and training in the Outdoor Learning sector.
This apprenticeship is an awesome opportunity for educational settings and workers alike to gain a raft of amazing and impactful qualifications to benefit learners every day.
And we've still got a couple of places left... It's not too late to jump on board!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 30/01/2023

Week 2 practical from our ongoing Apprenticeship programme

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 23/01/2023
Photos from Green Man Learning's post 23/01/2023

Our new Advanced Apprenticeship cohort began today. Over the next 18 months they'll be gaining their Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Level 3 WILD Passport Practitioner, Level 3 Learning beyond the classroom and Level 2 Trainer in Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions !

It's an incredible opportunity and we've still got spaces... It's not too late to start! Available for anyone employed 30+ hours a week in a education, health or social care role!

Please get in touch if you're interested!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 22/01/2023

There's often a lot said about the need for high ratios when running outdoor learning sessions in schools, and high ratios means more staff, which means greater budget allocation and less chance of outdoor learning being a regular and central part of a childs learning journey.
The photos accompanying this post were all taken within two minutes of each other and show the diverse amount of activities and engagements a class were safely accessing under the safe guidance and watchful eyes of just two members of staff. Of course the context is a relatively small site and a single managed area for both tools and fires, but it goes to show that outdoor learning does not HAVE to mean more staff than a school can spare, and that lots is achievable and impactful without spending budgets that don't exist!

Photos from WILD Passport's post 03/01/2023

Happy New Year all! Here's to 2023!
Last year saw us pivot quite a lot in our mission. It's been a slow and cumbersome transition but I hope that we're now firmly in our new lane!
As the focus of Green Man Learning continues to change, we're moving in a more training oriented direction but we are still available for in school workshops and consultation, time allowing. We'll be continuing to work with our ongoing school partnerships either in delivering their outdoor learning sessions or in helping to upskill and support their staff to develop and facilitate their own outdoor learning provision.
We're offering an ever growing portfolio of courses, CPD and resources that can help your setting to develop a sustainable and effective long term outdoor learning ethos.
Feel free to get in touch if you need any support in getting started with your outdoor learning adventure!

Photos from Green Man Learning's post 06/12/2022

We've still got places available on our Apprenticeship scheme starting in 2023. It's a great opportunity for anybody working in a school setting or with children and young people in health and social care settings.

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Green Man Learning has partnered with Coventry City Council to deliver Outdoor Learning Specialist Apprenticeships to schools in South and West Yorkshire.

This 18 month training scheme, beginning early 2023, is an excellent opportunity for individuals f to gain the qualifications, skills and knowledge required to run a range of outdoor learning interventions in settings working alongside children and young people, be that education or health and social care.

Candidates will gain the following qualifications;
Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
Level 3 Forest School
Level 3 WILD Passport
Level 3 Learning Beyond the Classroom
Level 2 Trainer in Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions

The Outdoor Learning Specialist Apprenticeship will take advantage of the decade long experience of Green Man Learning in delivering high quality outdoor learning programmes in a variety of settings. Candidates will finish this apprenticeship qualified to design and deliver curriculum linked outdoor learning programmes in a range of differing environments, including school grounds and natural settings.

The Apprenticeship is suitable for roles in sectors working directly with children and young people; education, health and social care, community and voluntary sectors.

Organisations may use the Apprenticeship levy to cover the costs of this apprenticeship opportunity.

For further information and to register your interest in this course, please contact Green Man Learning directly on [email protected] or by phone on 07845864106.

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