A ladder and a rocket stove

Year 5 children made their own ladder at Forest School today, using rope and rungs.  The ladder was hung almost horizontally, so once completed the children had to work hard to balance on it as they climbed, so that it wouldn’t flip over.

Mr Rumbold also brought along a rocket stove.  He explained that even today, 50% of the world’s population still cook every day on an open fire, which can cause respiratory and other issues.  For this reason, a man called Dr. Larry Winiarski began developing a rocket stove in 1980.  Rocket stoves emit 70% less smoke and use 60% less fuel than an open fire, so are also much more efficient.

Some den building also took place today.  Finlay explained that he and his friends “made a big den on one tree and it was a big success.  We all balanced sticks together and made rooms.  It even had a door, and we used a coat to make a roof in case it rained.  It was literally amazing!”

Other children used the opportunity to read quietly while sitting in a tree!

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