- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Dublin, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
Angie Kinsella of ‘Nature way education’ has been passionately teaching forest school and sustainability for many years. Angie thrives on bringing children and teachers into the outdoors. Focusing on reconnecting and rewilding with our natural surroundings. Angie loves to ignite a spark of wonder and curiosity in all those she works with. Angie holds a background in holistic therapies including children's yoga and mindfulness meditation practices. She is also a qualified permaculture designer working with the ethics of earth care, people care, fair share and weaving all of these practices into her diverse range of courses.
In-person school visits
Choose from one of the following options or contact Angie for more information:
These courses will usually take place in local woodlands or an area of natural landscape.Engaging with nature through experiential learning. Some of these activities may include bushcraft, animal tracking, working with ropes and other tools, den building, free play, tree climbing, fire skills, storytelling through nature,interactive games, songs, stories, nature crafts, foraging and sensory nature meditations. The sensory exploration in these courses deepens the children’s connections to nature as a result igniting curiosity and questioning, a fantastic gateway to learning about nature. So much of the curriculum is taught through a fun, explorative and engaging way in forest school, (Ideally a minimum of 6 weekly sessions allows students to gain the true essence of forest school and in following with the forest school principles).
Exploring the nature around us just outside the school door. Biodiversity, Identification of plants, trees & fauna through interactive games and activities.
Deepening our relationship with nature through mediation and team building games to reduce anxiety and stress and allow us to find tools to stay calm and present.
Using natural materials to create art projects which a focus on earth care and sustainability. Eg. bug hotels, wild flower meadows, fruit orchards, creative vegetable gardens.
A fun way to safely learn about what we can and can't eat in the wilds. Making potions and lotions and perhaps even cooking on a camp fire, We are surrounded by magic and medicines. We can listen to the old stories and learn about how we can still to this day enjoy food from nature's abundant garden.
"Very age appropriate visit with engaging material and stories. Thank you."
"Angie is really inspiring to the teachers & pupils."
"It was a very worthwhile and educational visit, very child-friendly approach and a lot of learning experiences were enjoyed." - SN Fiontain Naofa, Tullow, Co. Carlow
"Super workshops. Teachers and pupils loved the experience."
"Thoroughly enjoyable workshop perfectly pitched for 2nd class" - Mother of Divine Grace NS
"The feedback from both teachers & children was very positive. Angie's expertise, enthusiasm & delivery were all excellent. The children learned a lot."
"Angie had a great rapport with the children. She pitched it at the right level for Senior Infants. She made sure every child could see and hear her when we worked outdoors. A really enjoyable experience" - St Louis Infant school
"The children are devastated to be finished their 5 weeks session. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Angie is a superb facilitator, the children had very positive experiences in the local woods." - St.Nicholas NS, Galway
"A child came into my office to say thanks for organising the forest schools and she was drenched but beaming. Her class loved it. We had 3 visiting Swiss students who also were hugely impressed. We love Angie and the scheme and this should be a huge commendation for Heritage in School. Thank you all so much" - School Bhride Shantalla, Galway
"The children absolutely loved the two visits and Angie was a fantastic teacher." - Claddagh NS, Galway
"It was a very enjoyable and educational experience for the children. They learned about a forest environment very close to their school which is in an urban area." - Scoil San Phroinsias, Galway
"Great, enjoyable and very easy. The children loved it and learned a lot from it. We all felt very connected to land and the forest." - Cuan na Gaillimhe, Galway
"The variety of topics covered and the outdoor experience is hugely important from both educational and creating positive well being for children. The benefit of the outdoor classroom can not be underestimated and the work done today was hugely beneficial as well as enjoyable.This is one of the best outdoor educational experience children from DEIS schools can have. It enhances education by providing a valuable outdoor learning experience." - Scoil Bhride Shantalla, Galway
"Our Forest Schools session was our 4th with Angie since September 2021. Where do I begin? How long have I? The 3 Rs that under pin her work really do permeate the whole session. Respect for one's self (children ideas illicited as to what this means in practice) respect for one another (gently refereed to later if anyone was not listening to a group member) and respect for our beautiful natural environment *again their ideas taken on board and acted on with some rubbish collection in the woods). Angie had a tarp set up for shelter as it was wet so our gear stayed dry and we had shelter for our opening and gratitude closing circles. We spaced out as a group and enjoyed many fun games as well as some fun free play. We touched on stories and our folklore heritage with tales of Fionn McCumhal and learned about our two squirrel species and which was native, as well as igniting some research for the coming week on our Pine Martin. The children were praised for compassion and teamwork and their confidence visibly grew as the session went on. Again at closing their opinions were sought on possible activities for next week's session. Collaboration and inspiration. Wonderful session." - Claddagh NS, Galway
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips