Y5 boost STEM learning during latest Forest School session
March 27, 2020

A Preparatory School year group got the chance to boost their STEM learning during their latest outdoor activity.

The Year 5 contingent at Rydal Penrhos headed to the Forest School site for their final session before the coronavirus closure last week, where they worked in groups to tackle a series of tasks.

During the session, each pupil had to design and make a structure which would transport their “fresh tomatoes” across the “mighty Ganges” to market as part of their current STEM project.

This saw them improve areas such as communication, problem-solving and the basic elements of construction and design.

They also got the chance to actively find out more about the forces of gravity using a parachute under the supervision of Forest School leader Jude Pyves to round off another successful morning at the outdoor learning facility.

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.

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.