The gardens and landscape here at The Rodd were cherished by Sidney and Mary Nolan. It was their wish that they continue to be used to inspire and cultivate creativity.
We have recently developed a Forest School programme for young people that encourages freedom, confidence and creativity outside of the classroom. The sessions provide a chance for children to explore, make, play and learn in the beautiful environment here at The Rodd.
"We wanted to thank you for the fantastic day Dosbarth Dwynwen spent with you at the Sidney Nolan Trust. The children loved being outside for the day and the range of activities provided was perfect. It was great to see everyone engaged and enthusiastic from start to finish.
The amazing fire pit was a joy and the children loved the sugary apple pieces they cooked. They became aware of the diversity of plants in the area through their lovely memory sticks and were delighted by the view of the river and playing on the hill.
The art activity in the afternoon was a true team effort with each child contributing to the class banner. Using natural materials for "paint" was a new experience for them all.
Thank you again for all the work that went into making the day so special.
We can't wait to come again."
Class Teacher Dosbarth Dwynwen.
Forest School Sessions
Our Forest School sessions are led by Helena Watt - Creative Learning Officer, who is an experience Forest School Leader. We provide full-day and half-day sessions combining the Forest School ethos of child-led play and exploration, with more structured creative activities inspired by our arts specialism.
We base ourselves in the Gardens at The Rodd. A fire circle is a central hub of our sessions and is a place to chat, eat lunch, cook delicious snack, warm up and reflect. Sessions include explorative walks in the landscape, creative making with natural materials and time to play! We are very lucky to have access to mature woodland and a magical riverside.
Costs: Forest School sessions are £8 per pupil/person (min group size 20)
Forest School - Cooking on the fire
Forest School - Exploring Earth Photo Exhibition