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Sycamore Forest School Week 4
For their final week Sycamore class had the worst weather at Forest School we have had for months! For her first session, Miss Simpson was unfortunately not treated the glorious sunshine of recent weeks, a real shame. It didn’t dampen our spirits however and the children managed to raise the groups shelter reasonably quickly to give us a bit of respite from the rain. A few groups of children were also able to use the tarpaulins and a selection of ropes to put together their own shelters during their free time. A very good idea indeed!
As this was the final session a lot the time was focused on what the children had learnt, and they were given a big final chance to explore. We collected some sycamore branches for me to whittle as their marshmallow sticks and the children were also tasked with collecting wood for the fire. There were also several really helpful children who showed great responsibility and safety in using the secateurs to trim to large sycamore boughs for more sticks to use.
Though it was damp we did still manage to get a roaring blaze started using some kindling wood and it soon dried out the sodden sticks collected by the children. We talked a lot about the fire and recapped on safety and rules leading to several children wanting to have another go at doing it themselves. Despite the rain, it really was lovely to see them using the skills they have picked up over the four short sessions. What i was most impressed at was the teamwork that was going on! It made a marked difference from the week before half term where several groups struggled with this.
The end of the session as is tradition was toasted with hot (hot!) chocolate and some yummy, squishy marshmallows toasted over the fire. This was a glorious first for many of the children, hopefully something they’ll remember for a long time to come!
The Year 1 children (Fireflies first) will start their taster two weeks from next week. I’m looking forward to seeing the children in a different environment from when they were in my foundation class. It should be exciting stuff!