Forest School sessions started up for small groups of pupils in September 2016, with Hiraethlyn pupils getting to experience it first. All Year 6 pupils visiting during transition week get hands on experience of forest school.
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers small groups of pupil’s regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It instils a love and respect for nature. It is led by qualified Forest School leaders.
In Forest School, we teach pupils to safely use tools, like saws and axes for cutting, and knives for whittling. We also teach how to light fires, cook and build shelters. Forest School encourages (controlled) risk taking, with activities such as tree climbing and making rope swings, and low ropes courses. In line with the Scandinavian model of Forest school, sessions at Ysgol Aberconwy take place with small pupil to teacher ratios for safety and to build good relationships. In addition, during every activity, learning about nature and conserving it, is taught.
All Year 7 pupils have Forest School sessions as part of the Project Based Learning curriculum run by Mr O’Rourke. If you have any questions about Forest School, please contact Mr O’Rourke at Ysgol Aberconwy.