Gwalia Trust has donated towards the Forest School SNPT a project, set up to provide Forest School opportunities for children and young people across the whole of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
If you go down to the woods today... you might bump into some Blaenymaes Primary school children! A Reception class from Blaenymaes Primary school regularly visited a special site in Penllergaer Woods. The children participated in activities and explored the woods leading their own learning, and developing all sorts of skills along the way. Activities included ‘123 where are you’ a hiding game which always went down a storm with the children. They explored the setting including getting wet and muddy (the best bit!) and made clay figures which they displayed around a tree trunk. Their teachers were thrilled with the project and enjoyed seeing the children grow in confidence.
Provides child initiated and self directed learning
Takes place in a safe and supportive environment
Is run by trained staff
Has small groups and high staff-participant ratio
Recognises individuals' learning needs
Takes into account different learning styles
Enables learning how to take appropriate risks safely
Uses small achievable tasks which become increasingly challenging
Involves freely chosen play
Improves social skills
Improves knowledge and understanding of the natural environment
Activities can include exploring, bush craft, campfires and cooking, den building, green play, woodwork, foraging, using tools, woodland management, environmental education games, art and music, mathematics, science, history, sustainability...