Forest School

In 2017-18 we took a group of children on three forest school trips; in the Autumn term they built fires, in the Spring they built dens and in the Summer they used wood and tools to make their own log dog.

Following the success of these trips, it was decided to expand the scheme further this year. There will again be three trips following the same themes as last year, but this year there are two groups of 14 children who will be going.

For more information about forest school, or to go to holiday sessions, visit the Be More Outdoors website.

Autumn Term

Group 1's first session had to be rearranged due to high winds. This is the only weather that cancels forest school session due to the increased risks. This meant that Group 2 were the first to have a go at making their fires.

In both sessions, children learnt about how best to cut the wood, looking for the pith. They were taught about the fire triangle, and Alan explained how they needed tinder, kinderling and fuel for the fire.

Once all the theory and demonstration was done, the children worked in small teams to build their fires. They used fire steels to light them - not as easy as it first seems. Then best of all, they made their pizzas and cooked them by themselves!

Group 1:

     

Brrr...that's cold!                                                        Using a frow and mallet to cut the wood.

Preparing the tinder.

Preparing the pizza!

Group 2:

A demonstration with Alan from Be More Outdoors.

Working well together.

Look what we made!

Yum! Look what WE made!

Spring Term

In the Spring Term, our trips were supposed to be around den building. However, the day that Group 2 were going was rather wet, so at the last minute we decided to swap their event to tool use.

Group 1 did get to lean about building shelters. They learned about the 'rules of 3' and looked at models of different types of shelters. After making their own 'mini me', they built small shelters that their stick people could stay in. Finally they used tarpaulins and ropes to build bigger shelters.

   

Showing off a mini shelter.                                      Lunch inside a big shelter.

   

Inspecting a big shelter.                                          Making time for play!

Group 2 will be doing den building on their Summer Term trip. This time they listened to Alan's story about how he got his first dog after months of taking care of his own, handmade log dog. The children then had a go at making their own, using saws to cut wood cookies and hammers to put everything together.

 

Alan taking his log dog for a walk drag.

Cutting a cookie nose.

Staying dry in the shed while hammering together our log dogs (and a cat!).

More proper playing out! Splash splosh!