At the beginning of the session they played two games that would remind them about the space they need to keep each other safe when at forest school using tools. They played the 'slurping game' and 'spinning bubbles'.
After this they were set the timed task of building a birds nest that they could collectively fit into. It was a huge team effort that required some thought with each person providing something for the group. Some students preferred to build, others preferred to collect, some built from inside the nest whereas others did this externally; all using their own learning styles.
A member of the group gave a talk on the origin of birds and the Forest school leader spoke about 2 specific birds: the Cetti's warbler and the Great Crested Grebe. If you would like to hear the calls of these birds you can click on the buttons below and follow the link to the RSPB website.
After the talk the group used a bow saw and snips to cut wood and build a fire to cook on. The fire was built and as a group they used flint & steel to light it. Students used skewers to make vegetable kebabs made of pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes and courgette. Baked beans, potatoes and eggs were added to the fire and whilst cooking, some students climbed trees while others kept the fire burning. Once the food was cooked we all sat down to eat and then toasted marshmallows for desert.
A good day was had by all... including the sheep who found their way into the field!
Today the students took home their Lorax inspired puppets and props