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Croeso i wefan Ysgol Gynradd Rhydypenau

Forest School at Rhydypenau

Our Forest School sessions take place outdoors, in nearly all but severe weather conditions within the confines of the school grounds. This enables the children from the Nursery to Year 4 to experience another dimension to their learning. It aims to offer them avenues to explore and develop their self-esteem in small groups with a qualified Forest School Leader - Mrs Edwards and 2 parent volunteers.

Routines that are learnt and carried out on a regular basis provide stability, consistency and security. Knowing what to expect provides clear boundaries so that the children are left to think and under take activities more freely.


Nursery Forest School


During the Nursery Forest School sessions we aim to increase confidence to support the children's greater confidence and a desire to explore further than before. As the children gain confidence and become familiar with the Forest School environment, they start to take on challenges.

Take a look at what we have been doing!



Reception Forest School

The children in the Reception Classes have been exploring the Forest School environment and have been discovering how animals/minibeasts use camouflage. Throughout the Forest School sessions the children have increased their knowledge and understanding of the environment. 

Take a look at some of the things they have found and been doing!


Year 1

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands on learning in a woodland environment. 

In Year 1 the children have been exploring the Forest School environment to discover nature's patterns.

Take a look!


Year 2

At Forest School we recognise the different ways in which children absorb and process information: kinaesthtic (learning by doing) linguistic, interpersonal, mathematical and visual.

In Year 2 the children have been exploring their environment. The children have been undertaking observational drawings of minibeasts and making wormeries. They have also designed individual woodland puppets. 

Take a look at what we have been doing!


Year 3

Forest School provides the opportunity to take safe risks, by providing a higher adult to child ratio which ensures that the children can stretch the boundaries of their learning for  example toasting a marshmallow on an open fire. Smaller groups also provides the children with time and support to try to master more complicated task such as tying knots with the support of the adults to help and encourage if necessary.

target="_blank">Look at the lovely picture frames and pictures we made!


Year 4


The culmination of all the skills learnt at Forest School come together in our final year. The children are set a final challenge which tests the children's ability to consider each others opinions and ability to work together to problem solve.

Did we meet the challenge? Take a look!
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