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Year 1 in the woods

Year 1 had their first ever session of forest school this week, and we were very excited!

After meeting Matthew and Maria, having a safety talk and exploring the demonstration shelters, we got to work on building our own.

We found a suitable place and decided a lean to shelter would be just the thing for us to build. It was hard work, clearing the site, collecting sticks and placing them in the correct place. There were calls of “is it lunch time yet?” from around 9.40am but after a lot of team work and help we got a great shelter made. After lunch, we finished the shelter off by covering it with leaves then went on to our first attempts at fire lighting. The children practiced and tried with varying degrees of success, but by the end of a very busy day, everyone had succeeded in lighting cotton wool.
Next week we will be making proper fires amongst other things. I, for one can’t wait!