The best education starts in the classroom but it doesn’t end there.
Another impressive learning tool

The Rydal Penrhos Forest School makes use of our unique woodland setting to promote an innovative approach to outdoor learning.


The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. The Forest School programme originated in Scandinavia and is underpinned by thorough research into the learning behaviour of children at an early age and how best to develop this.

Forest School aims to develop:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Empathy
  • Good social communication skills
  • Independence
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
  • A healthy respect for the natural environment

Rydal Penrhos Forest School focuses on providing a safe, outdoor learning experience where children and young people are encouraged to explore, discover, take suitable risks and learn in a secure area of woodland.



What could be a better way for children to learn than being outside and discovering things for themselves? Following their own ideas, working with the mood of the group in a safe natural environment, children are given the opportunity on a weekly basis to discover the joys of the forest.

Each half term there is a new a Forest School theme. Our chosen theme may be based on a personal attribute, such as co-operation or creativity; helping to encourage personal development; or it may be based on a curriculum topic –mathematics, history, art or science; or it may be more overtly about the forest – wildlife, habitats, trees or sticks. Whatever the theme, Coed y Plant offers all the children wonderful opportunities for learning at many levels.

Children explore interpersonal skills and learning to co-operate as part of a team, as well as joining in with various environmental art projects. They will be given the opportunity to use different natural materials, to get dirty and to explore their own creativity.