Forest School

Woodland Arts and Outdoor Learning

This year Valley and Vale Community Arts and Sony UK Technology Centre were finalists at the Arts & Business Awards having been shortlisted in the category of Arts, Business and the Environment. For the past 18 months Valley and Vale Community Arts have been working in partnership with Sony at their site in Pencoed to deliver a programme of forest school, woodland arts and outdoor learning for people of all ages and abilities.

Our provision is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Sony Environmental Centre and runs throughout the year. Our partnership has allowed us to develop the programme and promote the values and benefits of Forest School by exploring nature and the environment using art and creativity.

We have welcomed over 2000 participants to the centre so far, this includes schools, community groups and children and adults with additional learning needs and/or autism. The programme also supports local schools to fulfil their Forest School and curriculum objectives with expertise from our Forest School Leaders and experienced arts practitioners.

Project Workers Alys Byrne, Alison McGann, Emma Bowen, Emily Ruck and Claire Thomas

If you would like further information on the project please contact Alys Byrne on 01656 729246 or [email protected]

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"Our partnership with Valley and Vale has allowed us to provide our pupils with exciting, outdoor learning opportunities that develop important life skills. The experienced staff plan purposeful, well structured activities that challenge our children to take risks and develop as independent, perseverant learners. We are extremely grateful to the teams at Sony and Valley and Vale for allowing us to benefit from the fantastic facility at the Sony Environment Centre and we look forward to continuing this excellent community partnership."

Adam Raymond (Deputy Headteacher, Pencoed Primary School)

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