Natural Alternative 

Holistic intervention within nature, aimed at individual children currently attending pupil referral units, or struggling in the mainstream school environment.

The Green Light Trust’s holistic approach to intervention and nurture uses nature as our classroom to support the development of social and emotional intelligence.

We take learners from their ‘normal’ environment with their usual environmental cues, and introduce them to a woodland space where they can start to develop positive change patterns of behaviour and start to identify with that personality.

We work with learners of both primary and secondary ages out in woodland settings to carry out age appropriate woodland management tasks, green woodworking, campfire cooking, natural crafts, playing games and nature connection activities.

Holistic Intervention Within Nature.

The Green Light Trust’s holistic approach to intervention and nurture uses nature as our classroom to support the development of social and emotional intelligence.

Our pedagogy has each individual’s wellbeing central to their learning. We aim to build emotional resilience and confidence within nature, whilst balancing each child’s interests and needs.

Weekly sessions are learner-led and encourage exploration of the woodland environment.

Our specialist team has experience of working closely with children with SEMH needs, autistic children and social and emotional behaviour challenges.

We communicate with your school and provide a termly evaluation of each child’s progress and needs.

Our team have a child centred approach to learning; along with teaching qualifications, Forest School training and a deep understanding of woodland ecology. This enables the children to gain new skills to increase engagement both in the woodland setting and back at school.

We track the journey and holistic progress of all our learners.

 

Who We Are

The Green Light Trust is a well-established and successful Environmental Charity established in 1989 that believes in Health, Hope and Happiness through the power of Nature; with offices and woodlands in both Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds and Castan Woods, Martlesham, Ipswich.

 

What we do

At Green Light trust we take learners from their ‘normal’ environment with their usual environmental cues, and introduce them to a woodland space where they can start to develop positive change patterns of behaviour and start to identify with that personality.

We work with learners of both primary and secondary ages out in woodland settings to carry out age appropriate woodland management tasks, green woodworking, campfire cooking, natural crafts, playing games and nature connection activities.

 

What the learners do

The woodland environment is rich with inspiration and the resources to build, create, experiment, explore and develop, which, in turn, develops physical, social and emotional skills.

Together we get involved in appropriate woodland management tasks, green woodworking, campfire cooking, natural crafts and nature connection activities.

The days are planned, on a weekly basis, to follow the participants’ interests and needs.  We always start with a short walk, lighting a campfire and something to eat. Depending on the season and the needs of the group the rest of the day could include learning safe tool use, whittling spoons, learning to identify fauna and flora, foraging for wild plants or building tree houses.

 

Our Learning Environment

The natural environment provides the perfect space for this personal growth to happen, the natural rhythm of the woods enables learners minds to slow down to match it.

We work together on tasks that are mindful, purposeful and fun. Tasks where learners can allow their creativity to come to the fore. It is an environment that helps re-affirm that we are part of nature, not separate from it. The natural environment is also excellent for building resilience in our learners. Being outside in all weathers and still managing to enjoy our days.

The woodland environment gives learners the opportunity to do things they didn’t know they were capable of, confidence starts to grow and the learners start to succeed, once this process begins then the possibilities seem to open up in front of them and with the support needed, they are enabled to have the courage to take them.

 

What to Bring

It’s important that the children feel comfortable as well as safe.

We would like the children to come prepared for the day, it’s always cooler in the woods!

Please bring:

  • Waterproof trousers and jacket – the trousers allow the children to get dirty, then remove the waterproofs to reveal clean, dry clothes underneath! A must for transport and heading back to school.
  • Warm socks – one thin pair and one thick pair while the weather is cool. A spare pair of socks in a bag is always useful!
  • Wellies or walking boots. Even when dry there might be a shallow stream to paddle in!
  • A hat, woolly if cold and a sun hat if hot!
  • Old clothes – jogging bottoms (even if it’s hot as it protects their legs), t-shirt, fleece and maybe even an extra layer in their bag just in case.

No need to bring a pack lunch as we will be cooking together on the fire each day.

Contact us  more information or to discuss your needs.