Rope work

Year 6 showed off their rope work skills this week. After being taught a timber hitch for anchoring, the children then translated that knowledge into the trees, creating their own rope lines. Securing with simple half hitches to give tension they had to work together to ensure tight and safe lines. They came up with lots of different ideas for using lines like this and one group got started on planning a swing.

Learning a variety of knots/lashings with their applications and therefore being able to successfully tie one thing to another is a fantastic life skill to have.  It opens up new challenges and ideas allowing the children independence to shape their own environment. From a simple timber hitch to the more complex bowline – the process of learning any knot will vary from one person to another.  Sharing skills help the children learn as a collective, then of course practice makes perfect.

Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Article 6 – We all have the right to be alive and to develop in the best possible way.



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