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.