PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
We offer a three-year nature connection programme to local primary schools. In the first year, pupils visit our site for a full day to learn about habitats. We then visit the pupils in school to show them how to plant acorns, explore the lifecycle of an oak tree and discover the stories behind famous oaks. In the spring term, pupils enjoy a four-day nature and creative art project led by an artist. To watch a film about one of our creative projects, click here.
In the second year of the programme the pupils spend a day at Bwlch Corog learning bush craft skills. Finally, in the third year of the programme, they return to our site once more to plant the oak trees they grew from acorns in the first year of the programme.
Here is what some of our young visitors have said:
“Today I had a great time learning about the nature and how to light the fire but my favourite was making fire as a group. I have also learnt that I can be trusted with fire. It has been a lovely time here. Thank you so much.” (Pupil age 10, Penrhyncoch Primary School)
“The best school trip ever.” (Pupil age 7, Bro Hyddgen School Primary Campus)
“I enjoyed playing in the river and waterfall. I learnt about different types of fire.” (Pupil age 10, Maesyrhandir Primary School)
Below is some feedback from teachers:
“It has been lovely to get to know the children better in the outdoors – who is confident and those who are less confident. Thank you for an excellent day of learning to make fire and about food. Thank you to the trainers for planning a special day full of fun. Looking forward to the next time.” (Class teacher, Penrhyncoch school)
“Loved seeing all the smiles on the pupils’ faces – especially when they managed to eventually light a fire. Also learned the importance of giving pupils from socio-economically deprived areas these kinds of amazing outdoor experiences. Thanks so much.” (Class Teacher, Maesyrhandir School)