Debris Shelters get Heated

Year 6 have worked so hard on their debris shelters and were really excited this week to build fires near them.  They made sunken fires following a “no trace” fire making format. Some used the fire bowl to protect the tree roots where they had dug down. Others decided to have a go at a no trace fire but without any shelter. This is an important comparison to make, they could see immediately how differently the fire behaved. Much harder to control the flames and sparks, a strong gust can easily make a fire “jump” and even a small amount of tinder and kindling can form quite large flames quickly. Compared to the bowl fire which was also sheltered on all sides, this ensured the flames flow upwards and as they die down so you get a more intense heat and of course the ability to cook on the fire. The children have made shelters that are certainly good enough to sleep in. Maybe we need a camp out if we ever get some dry weather.

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

Article 19: We all have the right to be protected and kept safe.

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