Forest School Activities Online Course

Module 2: Ropes & Knots

ropes and knots online course

Get To Know Your Knots


Learn how to safely work with ropes and knots and get all the skills you need to run a range of activities.

By the end of this course you will know exactly how to put up a swing or hang up a hammock and how to check if the tree is suitable for the activity. You will also learn how to put up a rope bridge and how to make a rope ladder.

If you don't have any trees on your site, there are many alternative options that can be set up in a school or tarmac play area.

What's Included in the Ropes and Knots Online Course?


The Curriculum:

  • 7 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work with ropes and knots.
  • Lessons include putting up swings and hammocks, building rope bridges and ladders.

Downloadable Resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • A 13 page guide on building swings

Each module includes an assessment and on completion you will be awarded a 'Certificate of Completion' issued by The Outdoor Teacher.

You may be interested in Module 6: Using Tools as a great compliment to this module

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Module 2: Ropes & Knots Sample Lessons

Putting up a Swing

Before you or a child puts up a swing, you need to consider the health, type of your trees, and the size of the bough. As with all outdoor work, you need to make sure that you are covered appropriately by your insurance. Letting children swing and climb often needs extra insurance cover, do please do check this out! In this video, we apply 3 knots - the timberhitch, figure of 8 knot and lark's foot.

Making a Rope Bridge

Tying ropes between trees can be used for climbing, bridges or rope walks. If your group are going to be climbing then your ropes need to be weight bearing and thick enough! We usually recommend 12 mm thickness. This video presents two of our most favourite knots – the timberhitch and our tensioning knot. These knots are incredibly versatile, used for teambuilding, problem-solving, imagination, play and creativity.

Putting up a Hammock

Hammocks are so popular! They offer safe spaces when that time is needed. They can fit two people inside and they can chat or be swung wildly! When you feel the material on your body, they help us to downregulate and offer a warm sense of security. Using the knots you have already learned, here you can see how to put this new knowledge into putting up a hammock!

Buy Module 2: Ropes and Knots Online Course

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Forest School Activities Module 2: Ropes & Knots

Learn how to safely work with ropes, knots for rope bridges, swings, hammocks and ladders

What's Included?

The Curriculum:

  • 7 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work with ropes and knots.
  • Lessons include putting up swings and hammocks, building rope bridges and ladders.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • A 13 page guide on building swings


You will learn how to: 

  • Provide new and stimulating experiences that support self-chosen challenges
  • Increase your understanding on the value of ropes for play and development of vestibular, proprioceptive and visuospatial awareness
  • Safely check, clean, maintain and store your equipment
  • Learn to facilitate the safe checking, cleaning and storage of ropes with your group
  • Demonstrate and explain how to tie a wide range of knots and learn how to use them for different applications in the outdoors

Testimonials for the Ropes and Knots Course

Jennie Lamb
Jennie Lamb

Girlguiding Trainer & Forest School Practitioner

"Outdoor adventure doesn’t need to be expensive and these modules demonstrate how to run safe and exciting outdoor sessions with children of all ages. Excellent videos enable personal learning and explain the safety issues. A very skilled trainer, Marina provides practical demonstrations with detailed narratives to ensure learners have a good understanding. This enables adults to develop their own skills and provides the background safety and risk assessment knowledge needed to use those skills with the groups they lead."

Ciara Hinksman
Ciara Hinksman

Founder Forest School Ireland

"I've been working outside with learners for over a decade and I'm delighted I learned a new knot and activity from the Ropes and Knots Module and it refreshed what I learnt when I trained as a Forest School Leader. Marina teaches in a clear and accessible manner from a depth of experience working with groups of all ages. The video tutorials give practical demonstrations of the rope skills useful for planning sessions in a woodland or an adapted urban setting. Lessons are taught from the perspective of both the learner and the practitioner. For the practitioner, you are taught really useful practical skills and extension activities with due consideration given to health & safety guidelines clearly laid out and demonstrated. Learners find Ropes and Knots so much fun, they are an invaluable way to build confidence and physical and mental wellbeing. There is reference to the many benefits and skills learners may develop and how they might be useful back in the classroom. This should give you all the tools you need to practice and learn how to use ropes outdoors and gain confidence in sharing the learning with others."

Katie O’Connell
Katie O’Connell

Drama Teacher

"The course was great, very simple to use and really informative. The course module gives individuals the confidence and clear safety guidelines to equip you to just get outdoors and enjoy nature in a fun and engaging way."

What Will You Learn?


  • To provide new and stimulating experiences that support self-chosen challenges
  • To increase your understanding on the value of ropes for play and development of vestibular, proprioceptive and visuospatial awareness
  • To safely check, clean, maintain and store your equipment
  • To learn to facilitate the safe checking, cleaning and storage of ropes with your group
  • To demonstrate and explain how to tie a wide range of knots and learn how to use them for different applications in the outdoors

Buy Module 2: Ropes and Knots Online Course

OR

Buy all 8 modules in our Forest School Activities Training Course and save 15%

Lifetime access to over 100 inspirational videos and resources.


£30

Forest School Activities Module 2: Ropes & Knots

Learn how to safely work with ropes, knots for rope bridges, swings, hammocks and ladders

What's Included?

The Curriculum:

  • 7 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work with ropes and knots.
  • Lessons include putting up swings and hammocks, building rope bridges and ladders.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • A 13 page guide on building swings


You will learn how to: 

  • Provide new and stimulating experiences that support self-chosen challenges
  • Increase your understanding on the value of ropes for play and development of vestibular, proprioceptive and visuospatial awareness
  • Safely check, clean, maintain and store your equipment
  • Learn to facilitate the safe checking, cleaning and storage of ropes with your group
  • Demonstrate and explain how to tie a wide range of knots and learn how to use them for different applications in the outdoors

About the Instructor


Marina Robb (Bsc; PGCE; MA; Msc; Author) is Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.

Marina has more than 30 years experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. She provides a deep understanding of effective nature education at all levels and for a range of diverse backgrounds.

Marina is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and since 1989 has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc). She is a leading Forest School endorsed trainer and practitioner (UK and International). Her aim is to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and others wishing to work outside the classroom.

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If you are not happy with the course you can contact us with an explanation for a full refund within 30 days.

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FAQs


When does the course start?

The course starts as soon as you register. You work at your own pace and you will receive a certificate when you complete.


How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.


Is my instructor qualified?

Yes, Marina Robb is a UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.


Our organisation can’t pay using a credit or debit card – can we still buy the course?

Yes, we understand that many schools and other organisations can’t pay by card – contact us and we can send you an invoice to pay us by bank transfer in UK Sterling, Euros or Dollars. We can even accept cheques from UK bank accounts.


Can I access the course on my mobile?

Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.


What if I am unhappy with the course?

If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.


We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a playground or park?  

Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland, park or school playground - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.  

We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards and playgrounds.  

It does take more preparation and consideration of equipment. If you wanted to make fires, you would either designate a small green area of the playground for this purpose or use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground. We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.  

Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.

In schools we often ask parents to contribute a log for our wood pile and ask for help to bring in useful materials we may need over the year.


Can I share my course with my colleagues?

No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate and be able to answer the assessments. See next question for bulk licencing queries.


Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?

Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.


Do I get a certificate?

Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd. You can view a sample certificate HERE


How can we contact you if we have a question?

Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.


Our commitment to Nature & People: 

The Outdoor Teacher, alongside its sister organization Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC aim to transform health, education and family through nature.

We are whole-heartedly concerned about the safeguarding of future generations, human and non-human alike, and the growing understanding of reciprocity between humans and nature. Whilst we are advocates for all people accessing nature and its benefits, we know that this is only healthy if we prioritise the care for the natural world and address issues of equality.

The Outdoor Teacher is working towards becoming a certified B-Corp. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We aim to be part of this community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

We are using Monzo Business Banking which is listed as an ethical bank: https://monzo.com/ethics.


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