Forest School Blog Hazel Class July 10th 2017 (6th session)
This week was our last Forest School Day for this year (each class has 6 weeks of Forest School a year). So the next time for these children will be when they are in Year 4.
As well as our extra volunteer, Sammy (who is a Forest School Leader herself), we had a special guest today – Mr Dingley! What a treat! 😊 The children were delighted to spend a day outside with him and it was great to have him along.
As it was our final session (and my final EVER session!), the children were given a last chance to try something they had been building up the courage for, or maybe revisit an old favourite. So we saw children in trees, making delicious mud concoctions, playing games with huge sticks, building amazingly improved and complicated dens and using their knife skills to sharpen arrows and make bows.
Some needed to cut sticks, so learned how to use secateurs and loppers. Other sticks were simply too big to cut, so they learned how to use a bow saw. Two girls had a go at lighting the fire with me, using the flint and steel – not as easy as it looks! (We don’t use firelighters or matches at Forest School – just a piece of cotton wool.) The rest of our tinder is completely natural, gathered by me from the hedgerows near my home.
I finally allowed them marshmallows this week (sorry… they probably had more sugar in one bite then the whole of their weekly allowance…). Just to add to the unhealthiness, we squashed a toasted marshmallow between two chocolate biscuits. 😊 In order to toast their marshmallows, the children had to peel and sharpen some Hazel sticks which I had brought for them as we don’t have enough Hazel on school grounds to use. They also wore fire gloves when at the fire and were under 1:1 supervision with an adult for safety.