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Session 6

A soggy start to the day could not dampen Larch Group's spirits. They arrived in the woods full of smiles and eager to open the Dragon's Dare. 

The Value of Community was flying its flag proudly in the woods today.

Based on the success of the two new games last week, the Sneezy Dragon introduced a new game called 'Seeker'. The game called on the skills of team-work, communication and trust. They needed to work as a team to guide the blindfolded seeker towards the Dragon's Egg without using any words, only sounds.  They did achieve their goal but their were challenges (more some than others) along the way and so the game allowed for some good points to reflect on and ways that they could improve how they played it and in so doing improve their methods of communication. The group then took on different activities based on their interests. Some used fire steels to light fairy fires for which we saw impressive levels of tenacity and perseverance. Some mixed damper-bread-dough to cook over the camp-fire: it was very heartening to see that if other members of their group had chosen not to participate they still very much wanted to cook for them so that, they too, could enjoy the food. Some worked hard to boil water over the Kelly Kettle and very graciously decided that EVERYONE in the group should be rewarded with a toasty mug of warm blackcurrant - next week we are going to try fruit teas & rooibos! Another group successfully used their knowledge of the knots we have been learning to put up a hammock which was safe to lounge in.

The reward for all their hard work, kindness and camaraderie was to break open the dragon's egg.....the contents a 'frosted pine-cone' that was put on the camp fire and turned the flames blue and green "cooooooooool". The adults listened on as the group chatted about their 'best bits', discussed how they had overcome problems, offered each other compliments and gave increasingly high-marks out of ten for their camp fire cooking (a million out of ten seemed to be the favourite mark!).

  • HenryMartin 11 months ago
    It was a fun week at forest school!
  • Delilah 8 months ago
    This forest school session was amazing! At the beginning we played a team work game called seeker and it’s a really fun game. You have some groups (supposedly an even amount of groups) and you have 10 minutes to come up with a new word for step over,down ,pick up ,left, right ,forward ,backward, turn around ,stop, etc (no English words including alphabet )because you have to put a blind fold over one of your team mates only one and with your new words you have to guide your team mate to a treasure that everyone knows were it is apart from the people with a blind fold on the seeker. The seeker has to get the treasure when they get it they have to say ‘seeker success’ and then there team is the winner. Unfortunately my team didn’t win but after the game we had some activities to choose to do .The choice was make a fairy fire (mini fire),make dampers ,put up a hammock or just explore.I made and served dampers and I got a sneaky extra one. Some people did everything ,which I think was awesome, so well done them I really enjoyed this weeks session thank you fox glove (Mrs B) for organising and running this weeks forest school session (and all the others) for larch group forest school would be incomplete without you.
  • Ava 8 months ago
    Hi guys, It is Ava and this week at forest school the 🔥kept us all nice and warm. We were doing fairy 🔥,hot juice (by Eleanor) ,cutting and removing branches from the den and putting up tarps and collecting wood for the 🔥.This week was really fun I hope it does not ❄ to much of there will be no forest school!!!!
  • Evelyn S 8 months ago
    On Friday at forest school my group - the hedgehogs (Me, Lilly T, Eleanor and Caitlin) made fairy fires and lit the Kelly Kettle. Then, whilst Caitlin and Eleanor was making warm juice, Lilly T and I made Dampers! It was the best forest school!!!

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