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Mud Kitchen constructed as part of exciting Forest School developments

Mud Kitchen constructed as part of exciting Forest School developments

The first in a series of exciting new additions to a Preparatory School outdoor learning facility has been completed.

As part of the new developments regarding improving Rydal Penrhos’ specialist Forest School site, maintenance staff member Paul McGuigan has constructed a special Mud Kitchen for children currently within the Early Years department.

Staff member Nikki Taylor, said: “As part of my management plan for the Forest School, which is to develop the site, Paul has produced a fantastic mud kitchen for our children and this is just the start.

"The mud kitchen and other forest developments that will be designed will allow children free play through imagination and role play.

“It will adapt to their outdoor learning and boost creative skills using nature materials found in the forest.”

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.

It was officially introduced to Rydal Penrhos by former Head of the Prep School, Roger McDuff, and the overall programme is led by teacher Jude Pyves.

It makes use of the unique woodland setting surrounding the Prep School to promote an innovative approach to outdoor learning.

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