Mallet making in forest school

Ashmansworthy class have spent the last few weeks making mallets out of ash. After cutting pieces of the branches to size, they then had to make a 1cm cut around the circumference of the piece of wood. Next they had to shave off pieces to make the handle. To do this they had to work together to use the billhook and a log. Finally they will whittle down the handle to make it smooth and comfortable to hold. I was really impressed with how the children problem-solved and worked together to produce their mallets. We even had time for hot chocolate! Well done everybody. The photos were taken by the children. Thank you to Keiran Snape who has been helping us over the last few weeks and also Mrs Heywood and Mrs Summers who are our forest school rangers.

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