Taking risks

Taking risks isn’t only about doing something that could be seen as dangerous. Trying something new can be taking a risk. We have been learning new skills or working on mastering skills that we have learned previously. Some things improve each time we practise. Other things have many variables. For example if we are whittling we might find the type of stick we are using is more difficult to cut than another. These things can be frustrating at time but we have found that some of the difficulties we come across actually increase our learning. We have used knives this week in some of our groups.

Today we tried to make fires to toast marshmallows. We were able to set the tinder alight but we couldn’t keep the wood burning long enough to cook a marshmallow. It was probably because of the wind or the sticks were a little damp. I was really proud of how everyone was ok with this and it didn’t cause anyone to get upset.

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I started work as an SEND teacher and I... scratch that...As one of the children once told me "You're just Gilly who plays out with us and helps us to be safe." I'm sometimes a pirate, sometimes a Viking, sometimes the crazy story teller but I always aim to make it fun. I'm just Gilly and Forest School is my jam!