As this is my final post (for the time being), I will talk about the importance of respect and appreciation in forest schools, and how I feel that a forest school that doesn’t teach these is missing a core part … Continue reading … You’ve got to have respect!
During one of our sessions in the woods we made solder by melting scraps of lead and tin together in an old frying pan and it made me think, what other metals could I make on a campfire? In this … Continue reading … You can play with molten metal!!
In this entry I will be looking at cooking on a campfire. I will look at the temperatures of a fire, where the best place to have your food is, and why this is. The best fire type for cooking, … Continue reading … You can bring your pots and pans!
Storytelling around a fire is one of humanities oldest traditions. The fire provided heat, light and protection, while the people gathered around shared stories of their day, or of the myths and legends of their culture. Even today, some cultures … Continue reading … You’ll meet a mysterious figure!
This blog has been using the campfire as the central theme, exploring the science surrounding it, however until now I have not explored why the structure of the campfire itself is important. I will look at some of the most … Continue reading … You’ll need plenty of sticks!
Having spent the last two entries looking fairly deeply into the science behind fires, I thought I would start to head in a more practical direction, although I will still be linking in the science. For my birthday, knowing how … Continue reading … You need to know your trees!
In my previous entries I talked about how all fires need a fuel, oxygen and heat in order for the chemical reaction that is a fire to take place. In this entry I will be looking at how we provide … Continue reading … You’ll be hitting things with rocks!
Everybody ‘knows’ that when you burn something it makes smoke, but what is smoke? And how is it made? For that matter, what is fire? What happens when you burn something? Hopefully by the time I finish this I will … Continue reading … You’ll find smoke around a fire!
For as long as we have had it, humanity has had an incredible link with fire. For our ancient ancestors, fire provided warmth, protection from wild animals, light in the dark wilderness, and a place to cook food. While fire is no longer vital to most people’s existence, it still has a magnetic power that attracts us. The flames of fire can inspire legendary stories, generate discussion, and build camaraderie among those circled around them. In forest schools, the fire is most likely to be used as a warm place for discussions, cooking, and as an inspiration for children’s creativity. Continue reading …You’ll come back smelling of smoke!
Today I experienced my very first forest schools session. It was an amazing experience, making fires, using tools and exploring the woods, and I can’t wait for future sessions. That being said, I realised within the first hour just how unprepared I was. … Continue reading … You should wear a waterproof coat!