My Bron Afon

Our grant fund helped a school take its classes outside

Two children by the school shed

Thanks so much to Cwmffrwdoer Primary School for sharing these lovely photos of pupils enjoying their forest school. Our community grant fund was used to buy a storage shed, gloves and tools so it’s easier to hold classes outside.

Around £13,000 of funding was shared with groups across Torfaen during the summer. Applications for our winter fund have just closed and we can’t wait to see your ideas for making a difference in your community.

 

Increasing self-esteem and wellbeing

The school told us: “Both staff at children at Cwmffrwdoer are so grateful for the funding to help support the forest school equipment purchased by the funding received by Bron Afon. All classes from Nursery to year 3 are now receiving weekly forest school sessions which are helpful in increasing self-esteem and wellbeing.

“This is a priority for us as a school, particularly in the current covid-19 situation where children’s lives and routines have been massively disrupted.

“Forest school gives them the opportunity to work in a natural outdoor space, which is universally accepted as being the best environment for increasing levels of wellbeing. Nothing in forest school is rushed and children will have the opportunity to work in ways and at a pace appropriate to them. Most of all the children have a great deal of fun.

Risk-taking

“An important element of the forest school sessions is allowing the children to take managed risks such as climbing trees, cooking on a fire and using tools. This risk-taking allows children to become resilient and bounce back after negative experiences.

“The high-quality tools, gloves and other equipment  we have received will help us greatly with allowing more children these opportunities. Forest school being so well resourced also adds to its status as a highly valuable educational tool rather than a add-on.”

A muddy pupil

Children playing in mud

Children in the forest school

Children in the forest school

Photos

Thanks to the school for permission to reuse these photos that were originally published on their Twitter account