Four Seasons Activity Programme for Schools

The Great Out-tours bring the wonders of the countryside to the doorstep of primary school children. Via an exciting & curriculum supporting ‘Four Seasons Activity’ outdoor learning programme, we deliver after school clubs & curriculum supporting in-school workshops (embracing Reception through to Year 6 learning profiles). We pride ourselves in creating unforgettable practical experiences of nature in action, tracking & heralding the key flows of our four seasons. We use the school grounds/surrounds as the teaching ‘stage’ & work closely with the school staff to satisfy key curriculum learning objectives in the subject areas of: science, geography, art & design, music & design & technology.

Today’s children hold the key? 

The Great Out-tours exists to inspire within the next generation, a passion & desire to care for the ecological values of the Great Out-doors and crystalise the importance to sustain its future through greater awareness  & protection of the environment.

Quote from Professor Sandra Diaz – Co-chair UN Global Assessment of Nature, 06 May 2019

Life on earth is in trouble, we are in trouble. Our future is at stake. There is really no human future without the future for the fabric of life that sustains us.”

This is the stark conclusion of a major new UN report (06.05.19) which warns the planet is facing an ecological crisis. So children learning today with The Great Out-tours, CAN DO a lot to help in the future through the fun outdoor activities we purvey!

The benefits of our school provision to family unity! 

John Brooksbank (Founder) quotes “We are finding that as part of a global lifestyle trend, children are becoming introduced to/accessing technology at younger and younger primary ages, in both home & school environs. We are gaining a groundswell of parent/carer feedback & support from typical households, ‘crying out’ for their children to be reconnected/earthed with the outdoors; good ole ‘sticks and stones’ exploring / discovering & learning! This is the very essence of our schools offering! 

Through our diverse,  illuminating and active outdoor based ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’ for schools, we are fulfilling the aforementioned need in droves and our club pupil parents/carers very much value our  practice at primary schools. This global ‘tech rich lifestyle’ trend shows no sign of abating, so we feel The Great Out-tours product is a proposal worth serious consideration.”

This is such an inventive and socially positive club; no wonder that spaces are limited. The Great Out-tours after school club experience, is amazing on many different levels, from fun environmental education, wild wood crafting & creativity through to team focused / self-esteem enhancing nature hunts & games. The club surpasses anything my children have partaken in on an after school club level and removes them from their technology! Why not try a Great Out-tours club for your children, especially if you are concerned over the ‘magnetic draw’ technology has when your child(ren) arrive home from school!”



"I just wanted to say a great big thank you for all your hard work & enthusiasm, in making The Great Out-tours after school club so educational, exciting and fun. I would also like to say thank you for always engaging with my sons and talking to them on their level. It really means a lot to us as parents, and for them to feel excepted and cared about, goes a long way to building their confidence and self esteem. I wish you a very Happy Christmas and we will see you in 2018.
Best Wishes." 

"Such a great club and great team. They always seem to go the extra mile."  Mark L.

"Farmer John showed us an awesome trick to make leaves into fish skeletons!"  Stephanie

"Thank you Farmer John and the team. Rudolf is happily on the top of the tree at home. Santa is next to the fire place. Thank you for all your hard work. Have a great Christmas! (Both craft items referred to are made from wildwood)"  Georgina

"John is always fantastic when working at Dallington CEPS. He is always happy, full of enthusiasm and ready to support everyone. John is very child centred; this is evident in his activities, approach and communication. He is totally focused on the children and their learning. I would not hesitate in recommending John to run a club at your school."  Paul (Head of School) Dallington CEPS

"Fantastic Club - highly recommend - Fabulously caring and creative people. Love The Great Out-tours." 

Rebecca L.

"This is such an inventive and socially positive club; no wonder that spaces are limited. Farmer John's club, whilst amazing for his current clients, surpass anything my children have done and remove them from their technology. Following a recent organised visit, they beg me to take them back to Farmer John's farm.
Why not try a Great Out-tours club for your children, especially if you are concerned over the time your child spend on their technology!" 
Simon W.

"Lambs are looking strong Farmer John, especially the Charollais x Texel."  Peter F. (Farmer)

"Thank you for my lovely 'surprise' Mother's Day wild wood mobile gift, made by my son at your after school club!"  Rebecca

"Well Done!! Mr B.. Always coming up with new ideas. Inspiring the young is so very rewarding in this day and age of instant 'entertainment'. Putting young minds to the test is so gratifying. If we, as adults, don't have imagination, how can we expect the young to have it, it needs feeding, and you do it beautifully.."  Sandy

"Thanks Sam.

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely Mother’s day present that the children made last week.
My son was so happy and proud of what he made when he presented it to me on Sunday, he was beaming. It has taken pride of place in our hall way for everyone to see when they come into the house.
Your ideas and enthusiasm shows though to the children, I just wanted to say a personal thank you.
Keep up the great work." 

"Such a wonderful team. xxx

Angela M.

"I have known John for over four years, whilst he has provided an after school club at our school. He has always conducted himself in a professional manner, whilst engaging and educating our pupils in the varied activities of The Great Out-tours."  David (Bursar - Cross In Hand CEPS)

"This is my daughter's nature wheel which she couldn't wait to do following being shown at club!"  Natalie A.

"I am so proud of my very own Woolly sheep made at Parkside after school club! Thanks Farmer John!."  Isaac

"Thank you so much for looking after my son and being so kind on Wednesday.
My son has been desperate to do The Great Out-tours for over a year but was a bit teary as it was his first time at an after school club. He had a wonderful time and said he was looked after by Vetty and is looking forward to next week.
Thank you all for your time and giving the kids the opportunity to take part in a great club." 

"The club is brilliant; keep up the good work."  Lynne

"Thank you Sam! Oliver absolutely loved his first day at your outdoor club! His bird feeder is duly hung outside and he is desperate to photograph a bird on it for you!! X"  Joelle

"Such a great club. Congratulations Great Out-tours."

Jeanette R.

"Well done John! I saw the BBC bus at the Heathfield fire station. The interview was great! (Hear the BBC correspondent, Allison Ferns' interview with The Great Out-tours Founder, John Brooksbank, by visiting our Facebook page and visiting the 02.10.17 video post.)"  Melanie H.

"We have our first flower from the flower bomb made by my son at Cross In Hand Primary after school club. Thanks."  Maria H.

"Inspired by the wooden angels my son made at Farmer John's after school club, we made larger versions for Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them! Thanks."  Nick

"My son loves your club Sam - thank you for the Easter gifts! X"  Joelle C.

"A wonderfully useful 'wild wood valentine heart mat' gift made as a surprise by my best little fella! Thank you John & The Great Out-Tours team!"  Beccy

"Thank you for all that you and your team do for the children! It's a great club!"  Amy

"The boys LOVED today and what beautiful crafts! Thank you Sam, such a great club."  Victoria

"Farmer John, you are an amazing chap, inspirational!!"  Sandra

"Such a fantastic club!" 


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