Survival in the Forest

On Wednesday, Sycamore kick-started their topic on ‘Survival!’ (and a term of Forest School) with a trip to the forest. Each week we are going to be focusing on a different area of survival and this week it was Shelter! We went even deeper into the forest for this and found our new boundaries with a few rounds of hide-and-seek.

The children were then tasked with working in small groups, with only one tarpaulin behind them and very limited rope, to create a shelter that they could all fit in. They were pre-warned that at the end of the session, their shelters would be put to the test to see if they were water and wind proof.

Simon decided to go it alone and ended up very well camouflaged! Megan, Amie, Grace and Violet all made an amazing den, including a window! Kai, Ashten and Helbert worked on a natural shelter and were very creative with some bark to help the ‘rain’ drain off the sides rather than come through the cracks.

At the end of the session, Mr Ottaway came along with ‘rain’ and, once the children were inside their dens, checked to see whether their dens stood up to the weather! Well done, Sycamore, for showing real resilience and team work during this session. Thank you so much to Mr Ottaway, Mr Groves, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Barnett for coming in and helping out!

Next week, we are going to focus on fire and have Forest School in the morning so if there are any parent helpers who would like to come in, any extra pairs of hands are always appreciated! It will run from 9:30 – 12:00.