The flash challenge today took advantage of our lovely North Eastern weather, create a waterproof shelter that can protect the whole team. In class, a quick discussion about options for raising a roof, the children shared plenty of ideas, but could they execute them outside in the elements? They were lucky that there was no wind, but a damp misting rain continued throughout the afternoon. Once the class had split themselves into groups they could then choose from a variety of tarps, tents and netting. Then they needed to think carefully about location, anchor points and fastening materials.
They attacked the challenge with confidence, shared skills and had their patience tested, but all teams managed to get at least a roof up. Some extended to setting up seating, flooring and even hammocks.
For the remainder of the session the children could then continue to work on these shelters or choose what they wanted to do in the Forest School. This allows opportunities that are designed to build on an individual’s innate motivation, positive attitudes and/or interests and provides a stimulus for all learning preferences and dispositions.