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Kernow Woodland Learning

Kernow Woodland Learning (KWL) providing inspirational learning experiences for families and early years / primary children in the outdoors.

What do we provide?

We provide opportunities for families and young people from Early Years up to Key Stage 2 to explore a natural environment, gaining:

  • knowledge
  • the ability to cope with risks
  • take responsibility for themselves and others
  • have time to reflect, think and process ideas

The children will tackle fun challenges, encouraging them to think creatively in woodlands, or in their school / settings outdoor space, developing:

  • creative thinking
  • problem solving
  • physical skills
  • social communication skills
  • empathy and emotional learning
  • self esteem and confidence to achieve their personal potential


All experiences are based on excellent early years educational principles and are designed to meet all aspects of the Foundation Stage, as well as KS1 and KS2, curriculum requirements.

Activities will include: 

  • Lighting fires and camp fire cooking
  • Building dens
  • Environmental art
  • Making trails
  • Making musical sounds
  • Team building challenges
  • Storytelling 
  • Having fun!

Some activities involve strenuous effort and physical skill, such as tree climbing, mud sliding and rope swinging. Children operate within their personal limits, but they are encouraged to stretch those limits, developing skills of judgement balance and to be adventurous whilst taking responsibility for their own safety. 

The Setting

Everything we do relates to the woodland setting, which provides space, resources and inspiration for children and adults alike.

“The woodland sessions were excellent; the families were able to focus on their whole child and not specifically their hearing loss. Some parents mentioned that the sessions had prompted them to spend more time playing outdoors with their children. It was really good fun”   Audiology Teacher, Camborne

Time to think and play

The children are given the time to think, play and absorb the woodland’s sights, smells and sounds. The children are encouraged to discover some of its treasures. 

Over a series of visits, they see changes in the natural world, fungi sprouting and dying back, leaves becoming brown and brittle and falling from the branches, ferns gradually unfolding and flowers coming into bloom.  

The children are given the opportunity to:

  • use twigs, sticks, leaves and other found woodland objects to make shelters, patterns, ‘smell pots’, weaving, sculpture and furniture
  • collect beaters to make music, and listen to the different sounds
  • listen to the rain beating on the tarpaulin shelter, the wind rustling through in the leaves and birds singing
  • watch a fire being lit, and learn to distinguish between smoke and steam - charcoal from the fire enables the children to create their own marks in woods and when they return to school

Induction Training Days

KWL also offers induction training courses. These courses are designed to give adults working with younger children practical and theoretical training in:

  • health and safety
  • risk assessment
  • curriculum development
  • administration issues related to outdoor projects
  • planning outdoor activities 

During these days they are able to try out some of the activities for themselves, so they can experience it through the eyes of a child.


Sandie Hawkey - Sandie worked with Special Needs Children in Cornish schools before a secondment to the CPR Success Zone enabled her to develop and deliver an outdoor learning programme for Reception classes. She became the Early Years Team Leader and launched ”Kernow Woodland Learning” in the Spring of 2003 which proved popular and well supported by schools. 

In 2004 the CPR Success Zone Team became the ”Learning and Teaching Team”, designing, planning and delivering innovative programmes for school children, adults and families at “The Learning Space”  (Classroom of the Future) in Camborne.

Sandie is passionate about the outdoors as a learning environment and keen for all children to have the opportunity to access the KWL experience as evidence illustrates the importance and success of children’s learning and emotional development in the outdoors.


Each KWL experience is bespoke to a school or nursery and can range from one half day woodland visit to a series of visits.  

  • Half day KWL Experience  - £99 SLA Members, £118 non SLA
  • Full day KWL Experience  - £192.50 SLA Members, £231 non SLA
  • Adult Induction Training Courses - price on application   
  • The cost of a series of KWL visits will be established through consultation.
  • Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
  • Groups of max. 12 individuals.

For more information 

To organise a Kernow Woodland Learning day please contact:

Sandie Hawkey
Tel: 1872 326368

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