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Rune-writing and Tool work

Today in Forest School, we learnt some new skills, including tree identification, how to use loppers and how to read Saxon Rune symbols!

Next week we want to make a fire to cook damper bread on. We want to be just like the Saxons, and forage for the sticks we will be using to twist the dough around, before it is placed over the fire. So we started off the morning with a ‘tool talk’, learning how to hold and use the loppers, enabling us to cut the sticks safely.

Then we looked closely at what a hazel tree looks like, discussing the shape of the leaves. We talked about how the hazel sticks grow very straight, so are great for cooking on.

We looked around the woods at all the different trees, trying to match up our hazel leaf picture to a real hazel leaf. After a lot of discussion and looking, we found one…

Everyone selected and cut their own stick to use next week…

Some of the children worked closely with Mrs Smith, listening to another tool talk, and learning how to strip the bark from the hazel stick using a knife. They were very sensible, listened well, worked with care and most importantly, were very proud of their efforts.

Elsewhere in the woods, there were some very clever children hard at work finding rune symbols, decoding them and then working really hard to make different rune symbol words using sticks! look at how well they did…

 

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