Children in year 5 worked hard in groups this week to invent a game using just a simple rope. The challenge tested communication and resolution and, while adults were on hand to step in if invited, we allowed children the time and space to work things out themselves. This is true to the ethos of Forest School - child led and independence-growing.
Later we continued to investigate the stream, identified and dug out clay from the earth, and played to keep warm.
Back at school children progressed with their understanding of fire safety. They learned about tinder, kindling, punk and King Alfred’s Cakes and then began lighting fires for themselves, under close supervision.
Children witnessing naturally responded with encouragement and fascination as their peers persevered, and finally succeeded, with something brand new.