Orienteering and shelter-building in Burford Woods
Posted on March 19, 2016 | By cbutlerwoolsery | 27 responses
On Friday, years 5 and 6 joined Hartland School at Burford Woods for a day of forest school activities. Mr Cole demonstrated how to construct a poacher’s shelter by creating a frame of and laying sticks across the top and sides before covering it in moss and bracken. The children then worked in groups to build their own.
Meanwhile, Miss Butler was leading the orienteering activity. Each group had to use their map and compass to find 10 posts hidden around the forest. Once the posts had been found, they had to punch a card with holes and write down the letter on the post. After the 10 posts had been found, the group had to decipher the anagram. The second part of the orienteering was to hide a control flag in the woods, mark it on a larger map for another group to find, and then find a different flag, using the map to navigate to the correct position.
All the children worked brilliantly together and their behaviour was exemplary. We were very lucky with the weather (for a change) and everybody enjoyed their day in the forest.