Another week and another tool to for the children to master their techniques however it became exceptionally tricky due to the dense nature of the wood. It required for the children to continually hit the billhook with the mallet so that it could split the wood into two pieces. In order to do this safely the children worked in partners and asked three questions: How hard do you want me to hit it? How many times shall I hit it? Are you ready? Although, after persevering and with the help from Mrs Farrington we finally managed to split a log in half!
We also had lots of other activities going on during the session as some of the children had the opportunity to create the house flags using a weaving techniques as well as creating our very own broom sticks. Some of the children also had the opportunity to make Aragon’s spider web inside one of the windows in the outdoor classroom.
What an enjoyable third session at Forest School today we definitely developed our resilience skills when it came to using the billhook! We ended with a fun song, a biscuit and some hot chocolate.