This week all groups had an opportunity to use a bow saw. The bow saw is a tool particularly good for cutting wood.
Prior to using any tools staff have a safety briefing with children to discuss the risks that come along with using them. As this is week 8 children are aware and are talking about hazards and risks more frequently without adult encouragement.
To make our tree cookies we used wood that we had previously cut, the reason we do this is to ensure we are not removing any wood from the woodland that doesn’t need to be removed. Sticks and broken trees are a good resource of nutrients for the soil in the wood therefore we like to leave as much of them their to decompose, they also provide habitats for mini beasts.
Some children were more interested in exploring and using the rope swings, they will have the opportunity to use the bow saw next week again if they choose.
Others liked looking for minibeasts and climbing trees.
This was our first week of the new block and we have been so impressed with the children getting ready into their outdoor suits in super quick time.
It was a cold start to our forest school journey but that did not stop us having fun.
The children learned about boundaries – where they can go and explore in safety and where they cannot go beyond without an adult. They also took part in risk assessing the site for any hazards.
Then it was time to explore and investigate the new environment.
We look forward to observing the children and noting how they extend their learning next week. Please remember layers ,cosy socks, gloves and a change of clothes for when we come back to the centre. It looks like we are in for a cold one !
We have been developing our gross motor skills as well as hand eye co ordination and balance through rope work.
We found a small hole in a tree – ‘I wonder what’s inside?’
We began coppicing with the full day group on Wednesday. Coppicing is a method of woodland management and allow trees and plants the chance to grow. The children made the fire paying attention to the safety rules and then we had our hot chocolate
When we were ready to head back to the centre the tree was missing ! So we identified another tree to use for coppicing on Thursday.
The children developed their patience, problem solving and risk assessing. They used real tools with adult support to cut a tree. They picked an Ash tree as there are many of those trees in the Forest school site.