Recently in Sapphire class we have been enjoying Forest Schools sessions with Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.
Our first job of the day was to warm ourselves up. We warmed up by playing Winter Dragons. To be the dragon, we had to show Sarah our scary dragon faces and do the loudest dragon roar possible. This game helps us to warm up our bodies on a cold autumn morning.
Our first activity of the day was a scavenger hunt. Sarah gave us instructions such as “find something soft” and our job was to hunt around to find something that matched that description. The only rule was that everything must be natural, not man made.
Next, we had a go at making fire ourselves. We used a flint and steel and had to strike the flint with the steel to make a spark, then we had to try and land the spark on some cotton wool to make fire! This was our favourite part of the morning.
After making fire, we worked together in teams to build a shelter. We used the materials that we could find in the secret garden and some big plastic sheets from Sarah and Matt.
Our afternoon task was to build an obstacle course that we could use in our session today. We used some of the skills that we had learnt previously such as our den building skills and using the tarpaulins to create tunnels for us to scramble through.
Our final job was to toast marshmallows by the fire. We had to used a willow stick to pierce the marshmallow on the end and then come up to the fire in small groups. It was tricky to make sure that marshmallow didn’t get too close to the fire otherwise it would have caught alight.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust for coming to work with us. We have loved working with you and have learnt so much.