CPD Course Dates and Information

Please see below the list of dates for the courses available.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before booking your training with Where The Fruit Is.

Sharp Tools Day with Dave Watson

Course Information

    • Title: Sharp Tools Day with Dave Watson
    • Date: 06.08.18
    • Trainer: Dave Watson
    • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
    • Cost: £150 including VAT (includes lunch and refreshments)
    • Time: 09.00 – 16.30 
Course Information

This 1 day certificated course, approved by the IOL, is for Forest School Leaders, Outdoor Learning Instructors, Teachers, Playworkers, Guiding and Scouting Leaders.  Designed to give a good level of confidence and understanding to those who are/aiming to use knives and saws with young people out in the woods.

We will be looking at:

  • Safety issues
  • Techniques
  • Maintenance
  • Choice of wood
  • Along with lots of practical advice and information.

This is an intensive skills-based day taught within a small group. Delicious refreshments, including tasty lunch, will be provided. 

“I recently attended Dave`s 1 day Sharp Tools course. I found it to be one of the most interesting and informative days I have been on for a long time, the information was clear and set at a level to suit everyone`s experience. I learnt so many new skills and refreshed long forgotten ones, so much so it has re-enthused a passion for Bushcraft.” 

Brian Trower – Cornwall Outdoors

Bushcraft Skills Day with Dave Watson

Course Information

    • Title: Bushcraft Skills Day with Dave Watson
    • Date: Postponed- New date tbc.
    • Trainer: Dave Watson
    • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
    • Cost: £130 including VAT (includes lunch and refreshments)
    • Time: 09.00 – 16.30 
Course Information

Join us for a day aimed at brushing up and enhancing your understanding of all things Bushcraft! 

We will be looking at:

  • String making techniques
  • Fire Lighting
  • Cooking ideas
  • As well as understanding the qualities and nature of trees.

Great for outdoor enthusiasts and practitioners alike! Enhance your skills and well being at the same time.

This is an intensive skills-based day taught within a small group. Delicious refreshments, including tasty lunch, will be provided. 

Introductory Earth Education Workshop

Course Information

  • Course Title: Introductory Earth Education Workshop
  • Date: 3rd May 2018
  • Trainer: Professor Steve Van Matre
  • Host site: The Earth Trust,  Little Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QZ
  • Cost: – £130 (incl VAT) includes refreshments and light lunch (dietary needs catered for)
  • Time: 8.30 – 5.30pm
Course Information

Steve Van Matre – Introductory Earth Education Workshop

Rare opportunity to be taught by this hugely influential environmentalist whose life’s work has been to inspire and help others to live more harmoniously with the natural world through his writing and education programmes.

This workshop is perfect for Forest School practitioners, primary and secondary teachers and activists of all kinds, especially those interested in science, outdoor and environmental education.

This experiential introductory-level workshop will provide you with

  • A clear understanding of the Earth Education approach
  • The skills behind creating some dynamic, magical learning adventures
  • An overview of Earth Education programmes and the support materials available

This is achieved through:

  • Developing and strengthening people’s understanding of ecological concepts.
  • Nature Connection – enhancing people’s awareness of, and feelings for, the Earth and its life.
  • Sustainability – helping people to improve their relationship with the Earth and their ability to ‘live more lightly’ on it.
  • STEAM – Tools for linking the formal and informal curriculum
What happens in an Earth Education Workshop?

What happens in an Earth Education Workshop?

The day starts at 8.30 and finishes at 5.30 with indoor and outdoor sessions, including:

  • an analysis of what makes Earth Education different from most environmental education
  • the whys, whats and ways of Earth Education
  • leadership guidelines

and a number of activities that will help your learners improve their relationship with the planet including:

  • Throwaway Planet – a classroom based motivating activity looking at waste and our effects on endangered species
  • an Earthwalk – a light refreshing walk in the natural world focusing on the senses
  • Munchline Monitors – a conceptual encounter dealing with energy flow
  • and a solitude activity.

There is also a session looking at current Earth Education programmes and materials/support available.

We hope to include all the above sessions in the time. Some rearrangements of the order may be necessary depending upon weather.

(text from Earth Education UK website)

Relight My Fire!
Full Course Refresher for L3 Qualified Forest School Leaders

Course Information

  • Course Title: Full Course Refresher for L3 Qualified Forest School Leaders
  • Date: tbc
  • Trainer:  Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: tbc
  • Cost: – £680.00 including VAT (price including 16 hr First Aid  £800.00 incl VAT)
  • Time: tbc
Course Information

Enjoy the training with no portfolio!

NB This non accredited course counts as ongoing CPD for the FSA Registered Provider

Please contact us directly to see if there is space on a current course.

Challenging Behaviour and Well Being in the Outdoors

Course Information

  • Course Title: Challenging Behaviour and Well Being in the Outdoors
  • 3 day course
  • Trainers: Jon Cree and Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £408 incl VAT
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)

Course Dates

Due to popular request, this course will be running again in the Spring of 2019.

Course Information

Join two experienced and enthusiastic practitioners for a common sense course, relevant to primary and secondary practitioners, based on up to date research and current best practice guidelines for working in the outdoors.

Expect lively presentation, as we discover the value of fire to create a community of learning and find out why empathy is one of the most effective strategies to have in your  ‘kit’.

Equip yourself with some powerful tools, improve outcomes for yourself and your clients.

Hosted by the Sylva Foundation at Long Wittenham, we will be training in their brand new Forest School site accessing a nearby wood managed by the Earth Trust.

The course is  a balance of theory and practical application with real life scenarios and experiences.

Topics Covered Include: (click to expand)
  • Triggers and causes of ‘challenging behaviour’
  • Neural and behavioural research
  • Identifying learners’ needs and effective ways of meeting them
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Validity and efficacy of sanctions and rewards
  • Formulation and reviewing of policies
  • Using the natural world to promote well being , self esteem and develop emotional intelligence
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies indoors and to other settings
  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors and looking after ourselves;

Accredited by Open College Network West Midlands this Level 3 course, worth 3 credits,  is taught over three days (22 guided learning hours) with approximately 8 hours personal study and reflection required to complete the workbook .

Why Is The Sky Blue?

Course Information

  • Course Title: Why is the sky blue?
  • Date:  7.11.18
  • Trainer:  Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £108 including VAT (includes all refreshments and a light lunch)
  • Time: 9.15 am – 3.00pm
Course Information

Join Sarah Lawfull for a session filled with stories and laughter.

Discover picture books and story making as a way into growth mind-set with your client group or own children. Look at how characters in stories deal with difficult situations and overcome them through perseverance and effort.

Consider new ways of taking learning outdoors, improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners by adopting a playful, immersive approach to literacy.

With 30 years’ experience of early years, primary teaching and Forest School training Sarah Lawfull shares tried and tested ideas, drawing on research and best practice to encourage and empower teachers.

Get your children outside into the natural world where experiences are multi-sensory, where weather and life happens. Engaging the body, emotions and minds of children and adults in story making outdoors, frees them from the anxiety a ‘traditional classroom’ may engender. We promise stimulating discussion and entertainment.

Secure the best outcomes for children by trying something a bit brave and a bit chilly! Help your learners find their voice and flourish.

Well-being in the Outdoors

Course Information

  • Course Title: Well-being in the Outdoors
  • Date: New date to be announced
  • Trainer:  Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £108 including VAT (includes all refreshments and a light lunch)
  • Time: 9.15 am – 3.00pm
Course Information

Children’s well-being is crucial, not just for their own lives, but for society as a whole.

The Good Childhood Report 2016, The Children’s Society

Join Sarah and some enthusiastic gnomes for a day of seeing the world through a child’s eyes:

  • Experience an Earthwalk – guided series of nature connections planned with the season, weather and terrain in mind.
  • Why play and learn outdoors?
  • How to mentor/ engage with children’s thinking and play in the natural world – create a culture of mutual trust.
  • Choice, control and freedom- the Risk Benefit approach and learning theories.
  • Well-being and agency – why the two go hand in hand.
  • Ways of observing and mentoring children’s play- understand the importance of play in all Key Stages – play for enjoyment, discovery, innovation, creativity.
  • Vision statements

The day will be a variety of practical and theoretical tasks, group collaboration and personal reflection.

Play Structures

Course Information

  • Title: Play Structures (one day course)
  • Date: 18.06.18
  • Trainer: Jon Cree
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £108 including VAT (includes lunch and refreshments)
  • Time: 09.30 – 16.00, please arrive by 09.15
Course Information

This course is for educators wishing to be a little more adventurous empowering their groups to create and play on structures at their sites. We will build them out of wood and rope, combining these with the natural features in the site.

We will be sharing techniques and know-how to build slightly risky structures with children , enhancing creativity and physical play at Forest School or in your own setting:

  •   Rope swings, rope bridges, rope crawls and rope walks
  •   Combining wood with rope including simple rope ladders and tree houses
  •   Beginners guide to simple tree houses
  •   Making free standing wooden structures such as ladders and sculptures to climb on
  •   How to minimise impact of structures on Forest school sites
  •   Keeping within the health and safety guidelines for safe construction and use of natural structures

We will cover all the health and safety aspects of working with ‘constructed’ play structures and ropes, looking at risk benefit assessments and key Health and Safety requirements.

Outdoor Food Hygiene Level 2 Food Safety

Course Information

  • Course Title: Outdoor Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Date: 16.06.18
  • Trainer: Chris Johnson 
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £108 including VAT (includes lunch and refreshments)
  • Time: 09.30 – 16.00, please arrive by 09.15
Course Information

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering has been designed to address the food safety needs of the catering and hospitality sector.

As Forest School Leaders, DofE trainers, Play and Children’s Workers, Scouts, Guides, voluntary helpers, employee’s etc we have a legal duty of care to keep children and young people safe from harm when they are eating and drinking outdoors.

This qualification has been designed to give all those cooking with and for children in challenging conditions, on fires, the knowledge and skills for food hygiene practice specific to the outdoors.

An outline of the programme includes:  

  • Importance of Food Safety in the woods
  • Food allergies
  • Design your Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Legal requirements
  • Microbes – Where are they lurking?
  • Illnesses linked to food and the outdoors
  • Hygiene control, temperature control, storage, handling, preparation, cooking, equipment…
  • Personal Hygiene – hand washing and drying
  • Food safety control
  • Design your food safety guidelines and policy

16 hour Outdoor First Aid training

Course Information

  • Title : 16 hour Outdoor First Aid training
  • This course also forms part of the Level 3 Forest School Training – there are occasionally spaces on those course dates.
  • Courses:
    21.04.18 – 22.04.18 – L3 CourseForest Farm Fully Booked
    25.04.18 – 26.04.18 – April Course
    15.08.18 – 16.08.18 – L3 CourseSylva Wood Centre
    12.09.18 – 13.09.18 –  L3 CourseSonning Common 
    16.10.18 – 17.10.18  – Intensive L3 Training Course – venue tbc

  • Trainer: Chris Johnson 
  • Host sites : various
  • Cost : £168 including VAT (includes light lunch, refreshments and course materials)
Course Information

This is an industry specific two day (16hr) Outdoor First Aid Training for Forest School Leaders and Outdoor/ Education professionals e.g.  DofE Expedition Leaders, Outward Bounds, Guiding/ Scouting, Youth Leaders

Covers requirements for: Institute for Outdoor Learning Outdoor First Aid Band 3 and Emergency Paediatric First Aid, exceeding the recommendations for an “Emergency First Aid at Work” first aider within a workplace (H & S -First Aid – Regulations 1981).

The training is certificated by the Lifesigns Group (Health & Safety Executive Approval Number: 128/00) and is valid for 3 years.

Our dedicated trainer Chris Johnson has 30 years of outdoor first aid training experience and a wealth of outdoor learning expertise to draw upon.

This professional training equips you to deal with incidents in woodland and countryside settings which are often remote – meaning 30 mins or more from safety.

The ECP (Expedition Care Programme) is run outdoors in a woodland Forest School setting in all weathers, to make your training as realistic and relevant as we can for Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning situations. The training course is recognised by all national outdoor governing bodies.

Stories In The Trees

Course Information

  • Date: New date to be confirmed
  • Trainer:  Rich Sylvester
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £108 including VAT (includes lunch and refreshments)
    Time: 09.30 – 16.00, please arrive by 09.15
Course Information

A practical and experiential day facilitated by Storyteller and Forest School Trainer Rich Sylvester – you will develop your own storytelling skills and explore methods of storytelling outdoors to support creative literacy and a playful approach to learning, speaking and listening.

In a small group with a passionate and experienced trainer this is a wonderful chance to gain practical ideas and build confidence to tell and support story-making with the children or young people you work with.

Outline Content…. the key elements of the day

  • Hear and re-tell stories- solo, in pairs or small groups
  • Practice methods of story-making and story-sharing – in a natural setting
  • Be playful, sing and tell simple (or complex) stories using body and voice to build language and story
  • Explore a range of stories: spontaneous, creative, oral and text narratives
  • Develop story techniques that suit your own ideas & practice
  • Reflect on teaching approaches that can inspire