Home Education Group

Child-led outdoor learning based nr Exeter

All year round term time outdoor learning sessions designed exclusively for those that are home educated, using seasonal termly themes with an emphasis on learning through play and nature connection. We are conveniently based in beautiful woodland at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, near Exeter.

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What others have to say...

  • Hannah and her team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the student experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.

  • Thank you so much for our trip today. We had a fantastic day and I am sure the children will be talking about it for weeks to come! The trip was so well organised and I was very impressed with your grasp of their names so quickly.

    Teacher from Education Group visit

  • “We had a truly wonderful day in the woods with A Touch of the Wild. It was an incredibly valuable experience for the children’s learning but also allowing them to learn in a play based way. Have already recommended you to friends and colleagues! Thank you for a fantastic day.”

    Ide Primary School

  • “The A Touch of the Wild team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the pupil experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.”

    Ilsington Primary School

  • The site was even better than last year. The children particularly enjoyed the nets and tree house and the marshmallows and hot chocolate. The teachers felt the led activities were valuable and we will definitely book again. Many thanks to all the staff.

    Exeter Cathedral School

  • We were all very impressed with our visit to the woods, the activities were well matched and the children had a wonderful time telling all their grown ups and the school in our class assembly.

  • We all really enjoyed our time in the woods. I was struck how calm all the children seemed around the camp fire and what great opportunities for cooperative play they had. I also thought the planned activities were wonderful and pitched at the right level. So we, too, came away feeling enthusiastic.

  • “Thank you for helping E to become more confident, independent and inquiring. She has learnt so much from you and is now always up for an adventure!”

    Parent, Dec 2022

  • “Thank you so much for looking after R again this year with so much care, interest and kindness. And for teaching her so much – amazing outdoor skills and knowledge and wonder, and independence, confidence and good socialising! And just for having such a fun time together! She’s absolutely loved her time with you and we feel so lucky to have come across you.”

    Parent, 2022

  • “A very big THANK YOU to all of you for all your hard work and enthusiasm. B has LOVED coming to see you since the day he started to the very end!”

    Parent, 2022

What we do

Our Home Education Group is an outdoor learning setting in beautiful woodland at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, near Exeter. Aimed at children aged 5 to 13 years, our sessions are designed exclusively for those that are home educated. This a child-led session that allows children to develop self-esteem and self-confidence through positive interactions and project based learning. Parents are very welcome to stay however you may leave you child if preferred if they are 6 yrs and above. (Younger siblings are welcome and will be charged £8. Age appropriate activities will be provided, with parent assistance)

A typical day in camp

Each day will have a focus of activities for children to get involved in, including:

  • Campfire cooking
  • Wood carving and whittling
  • Den building and construction
  • Woodland art
  • Crafts and sculpting
  • Bushcraft skills and nature awareness
  • Tracking and watching wildlife
  • Wild food foraging including what wild foods are safe to eat
  • Plenty of woodland games
  • Clay work
  • Charcoal making
  • Creating structures with basic tools and nails

Term time, all year round

Running inline with school term times, our Home Education Group runs every Tuesday from 1pm – 3pm.

And very safe!

Our experienced forest school leaders are on hand to provide a safe learning environment.