Once the pupils reach the Upper School at the age of 15, more specific craft activity is introduced and each pupil spends part of his/her morning programme in a craft workshop where they can be introduced in a gentle and creative way to the realm of work.
Pupils are initially encouraged to move from one workshop to another in order to provide them with a breadth of experiences in regard to sensory awareness, processes, materials and skills.
Working with crafts:
- gives pupils opportunities for creativity and self-expression
- encourages pupils to become 'masters of own action', focusing attention and movement, and furthers the ability to apply knowledge in practical/new settings
- shows pupils the purpose of achievement, leading to the ability to create items that are useful to others and introduces pupils to working
- provides a frame of activities in which pupils can learn to relate and interact with others
- guides pupils to create products that are of practical purpose in daily life.
Generally each workshop will have 2 to 6 pupils, a workshop master and some assistants.
At present the School offers the following craft activities:
- Felt making
- Candle making
- Willow work
- Stone working
- Tools For Self Reliance