Primary Schools

Key Stage 2

We can offer some outstanding hands-on sessions that can inspire and enhance learning in various subjects especially history and the focus on the Stone Age. In this we have some specialist knowledge. Woodland Survival Crafts provided the lime bark in the first reconstruction of the Iceman clothing especially his cloak, knife scabbard and shoes.firelighting3

Dave is recognised as a Master in various methods of Friction Fire Lighting and has regularly written articles on the subject as well as attending significant craft/country shows where he demonstrates and teaches his skills. Over the years he has been instrumental in the construction of two thatched round houses in the Midlands.

Sessions can be based in your school grounds but you are also welcome to arrange a trip to Spring Wood.

Schools have also come to us to look at Extreme Survival as part of the Science project.

Schools worked with:
Staines Preparatory School Kings St Albans School in Worcester
Denstone College Grace Dieu Manor School
Oakham School Breakspeare School

Thanks so much for a fantastic course.

The children will remember what they did with you for the rest of their lives and they really have benefited from the experience

Please pass my thanks on to Howard as well

Roll on next year!

Best wishes
Jerry (headmaster of Denstone Preparatory School) June 2018

Now that I’m back at work and the course is a week past, I wanted to drop you a line to say ‘thank you’ for an amazing, eye opening and high quality course. I learnt so much and re-evaluated what I thought I already knew, for the better. I’m also indebted to Howard and Nigel for their guidance and sage advice.

The setting and company was delightful and the access to materials and equipment was more than generous. I’ve started to put my learnt knowledge to good use at school and would love to return for further courses.

I’m practicing what I have learnt with a view to being assessed.
Thank you again for a fabulous weekend of enjoyable learning!
Kind regards
Steve Futcher (teacher) 1-3 July 2017

Thank you for an excellent summer activity day for our year 5 group. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day with you and each have different activities that they enjoyed the most. While they were very proud of the shelters the they managed to build I think that the overwhelming preference was for firelighting. They have been talking about it ever since and the other years were very jealous. I am sure that we will be booking with you again in the future. Rupert Loch, Year 5 tutor and Head of Science

The children had a brilliant time. See you next year. Duncan Greig, Head teacher, The Breakspear School

Topic choice

Choose 3 or 4 topics from the following list.sch2

Simple shelter construction

Using a selection of poles and forked sticks children can make a simple shelter frame and consider what materials would have been used to cover it with.

String and Cordage making

Otzi the iceman had plenty of string made from bark fibre, nettle as well as grasses. Children will be able to make their own string and learn about various fibres including Lime Bark which was very significant in that period of history.

Friction Fire Lighting

Using some specialised equipment children will be able to get involved in creating fire with a bow and drill. This method is often seen as a bit crude and relying on brute force however with good materials and some quality instruction it is very achievable.

Hunter gatherer skills

Using some simple techniques we will look at simple ways to track as well as look at some primitive weapons that are known to have been used.

Campfire Gadgets

Creating simple gadgets out of forked sticks to hold a pot over the fire is a fun session that draws out initiative and design skills.

Water Filtering

Having enough clean water is fundamental to any society of any period of history. We will look at simple principles and compare various materials that can filter out levels of sediment as well as learn how to eliminate bacteria.

Stone Age – Iron Age comparisons

Either as a separate session or built into each one we can look at key differences in how key skills differed during early history. Looking at how a thatched Roundhouse can be built as well how fire lighting became revolutionised with the Flint and Steel.


Between £300 and £660 per day depending on the amount of instructors required, plus travel if over 20 miles away.

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