EKO works directly with schools, meeting first to discuss what outdoor learning opportunities you are looking to offer your pupils. We can help you to create or further develop an outdoor learning site and plan sessions with your class teachers of heads of year.
We offer weekly outdoor learning sessions in school time with a class or particular year group. The class or year group can alternate each term or halfterm depending on the funding available. Many schools use their PE and Sport Premium to fund their EKO sessions.
We also offer bespoke one-off days and/or half days with a particular class or year group which can take place either on your school site or at one of our woodland areas. These can be parent or school funded and as before can be curriculum linked, topic focused or have a bushcraft theme for a fun outdoor day with a difference.
Some of our Primary Schools that want to ensure that all their pupils have had a camping experience joining secondary school run EKO CampOuts, either on their school site or at one of our woodland sites. 24 hours of fun bushcraft and creative activities with meals around the campfire and the night spent in a sleeping bag. These again can be either parent or school funded.
If you would like to ‘test the water’ some schools run parent funded After-School EKO Clubs which run weekly outdoors on the school site for a group of 16 pupils. They can be KS1, KS2 or just one year group; it depends on the size of the school. The sessions follow a Forest School format with EKO leaders bringing in all the resources and we organise a fun family campfire on the final session for all EKO Club members to invite their family to at the end of term. It’s always a very happy and positive occasion.