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Fire striking!

We were very excited to use our lovely forest school area this term. Initially, we looked at the fire triangle to understand how fires work. We already have oxygen in the air, our fuel was a cotton ball/ vaseline and the heat was our fire strikers. 

Each teacher dicussed the safety rules when we are around fire. We all followed them perfectly!

First, we had to set our fire area up. We used an old baking tray as a safe base before adding our cotton balls. 

Then, we knelt on one knee to make sure we were stable. 

Next, we set up our clipboard with a second cotton ball. 

After that, we held our fire striker really carefully and struck with the other hand. 

Unfortunately, it was very difficult! Most of us managaed to make a spark and some of us managed to light a small fire. 


Whilst we weren't lighting fires, we were making art out of natural resources. We then made frames using sticks and knots. The knots were very tricky! 


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