After a great first session where we explored our FS area and talked though our safety rules, played some games etc we moved on to some knots and den building in the second week. Knot work not only helps us build strong shelters but also help with our listening skill and fine motor skill. The working as a team to build our dens. Some also had their first chance to light a small fire using the flint and steels and following our fire safety rules. Our tiding up skill still need some work.
First attempt at a shelter
Using the trees as shelters
Lightning storm kettle for hot chocolate
Using problem solving to peg shelter
Testing the clove hitch knots
Chilling under the trees
Great use of reef knots
Clove hitch knot
Is this big enough?
We were very busy this week, dens, tools, fire lighting, tree and map work....lots of team work and sharing our new skills with others
Idial to identify trees in our area
Building a home for the Tree Elves.
Determined to put the hole in the cookie.
Safe use of the bow saw.
Ready to hang up in our Mob tree.
Wizards Dwarfs Giants game....
Showing others how to tie a frame.
Plotting tree location and species on map
Using flint and steel to light cotton ball
Natural fire lighter.
Great exciting session. Our new logs had arrived for the log circle refurbishment and some of the children worked very hard to set them up, removing the old smaller one and re-homing any bugs found along the way. We also built a shelter, started updating the bug hotel and the girls build the best Elf house we've seen so far. Complete with pulley system to lift the elves to safety.
Already week 5 and our first time eating lunch outside. Great shelter build ready to eat and fire to keep us warm. Bow saws were used to cut some logs to make wood cookies ready for next week.
Halloween came to Forest School this week, tree spirits started to appear around the area and pumpkins had grown during the week. So after food (and some chips) we carved the pumpkins and made our own spirits. Nice fire too for our marshmallows to toast on.
Great pumpkin team
Getting the fire started
Mud face paints
Final week for group 1, they have worked hard and played hard. And did fantastic during our FS Orienteering session.