Outdoor activities which support the curriculum are a valuable part of your child’s education. At King’s St Alban’s we also believe in giving children the opportunity to discover simple pleasures, such as toasting marshmallows over a camp fire or haggling in a French market.
The Old Chapel
The school makes full use of the King’s School’s outdoor education centre, the Old Chapel, which is idyllically set near Crickhowell in the heart of the Black Mountains.
Children in Year Four and Year Six love their time here; in fact most count it as one of the highlights of their time with us. Activities which bring to life topics covered in class, such as stream surveying are combined with sketching, navigation and survival craft. Our older pupils build a woodland shelter and sleep out in it. Time is allowed for the children to simply have fun, run through the woods, wade in the stream and play games like hide and seek. New friendships are made and existing ones strengthened, many of which will last a lifetime.
Our Forest School is set in a beautiful space in the grounds of King’s St Alban’s. Forest School enables children to develop social skills as well as an understanding of the world around them in our safe and engaging woodland area. Reception enjoy a weekly Forest School session which is specifically planned with each individual’s needs in mind. Activities help to nurture self-esteem, communication and respect for their own and other people’s feelings and emotions. Forest School is a long term programme where each child is given the space, time and flexibility to learn and grow. We make the most of our outdoor sessions in all weather; rainy days are perfect for splashing in puddles and finding the best materials for a shelter and the children always enjoy making hot chocolate at the end of a cold winter’s day Forest School session. Other activities may include creating environmental art, learning to manage our Forest School area, taking part in team building and communication games, campfires and learning how to use tools to create objects like a pencil or a dreamcatcher. An afterschool Forest School club is also available to Year One and Year Two throughout the school year.
Trips and visits
During the school year many pupils will experience trips, visits and clubs which help to encourage a spirit of adventure. Recent examples include our Year Five children enjoying a day spent at a local adventure and water sports centre where they tackled sailing or raft building, archery, a climbing wall and rope course. Year Two embarked on what for many is their first residential trip and thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful nature walk in the Malvern Hills coupled with low ropes, zip wire and the mud run. With a full English breakfast to fuel the day and hot chocolate and marshmallows before bed the children all surprised themselves with what they could achieve.