Fire Breathing Dragons | Richard

 

I can’t remember where I first heard firesteels (Ferrocerium rods) described as ‘Dragon Sneezes’ but I always like the mental picture of baby dragons with colds surprising themselves with a sneeze of sparks. Firemaking with sparks is always popular with children at Forest School, but over the years, I have found that some children have difficulty holding and manipulating such fiddly little handles. They are also remarkably easy to loose amongst the leaf litter on the forest floor.

No longer!   I have pimped my firesteels with a touch of viking inspired dragon carving. The round one is…

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The Future is Pewter | Richard

Playing with pewter seems to have become the thing to do in Forest School circles, I imagine this is thanks largely to this great blog post by Lily Horseman of Kindling Play and Training.

   

 

I bought some lead free pewter on ebay a few months ago and have been experimenting and learning about casting molten metal alongside participants on my most recent 2 Forest School Training courses. We have been making moulds with clay dug on site and making imprints with natural objects such as acorns and leaves as well as sculpting shapes using knives, pegs and sticks. There seems to be an…

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15 Things To Make With Elder at Forest School | Richard

THE ELDER TREE

I hold it needless to write any description of this, since every boy that plays with a pop-gun will not mistake another tree instead of elder:
Culpepers Complete Herbal 1652

When I’m assessing a woodland for long term educational use, my heart always lifts when there is a profusion of Elder (Sambucus Nigra) growing there. Along with Hazel and Ash, it is one of the trees I most commonly look to for wood for simple crafts.  Apart from the heady scent of its blossom in early summer, the most wonderful thing about Elder is the spongy pith in the middle of all it’s…

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Why SLANT? — …to the real. | Richard

At a past Michaela debate I heard Peter Hyman describe a desire for education ‘…with a smile, not a SLANT.’ The implication was not only, bizarrely, that the two are mutually exclusive (Bright Face is another technique taken from Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion) but that ‘SLANT’ is somehow not desirable. The acronym stands for Sit up straight, […]

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Why SLANT? — …to the real. | Richard

At a past Michaela debate I heard Peter Hyman describe a desire for education ‘…with a smile, not a SLANT.’ The implication was not only, bizarrely, that the two are mutually exclusive (Bright Face is another technique taken from Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion) but that ‘SLANT’ is somehow not desirable. The acronym stands for Sit up straight, […]

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A Perspective on Training | Richard

 Youth and Environment Europe are an umbrella NGO for  youth organisations involved in environmental protection in 26  European countries.

I have been involved in a couple of their projects as a trainer and was interviewed by Projects Coordinator Natasha Luchko about my work as a trainer.

This interview is part of  the ‘Meet your Trainer’ project which was created for young people interested in a career as a trainer in the field of non-formal education.

If you would like to know more about my perspective on working as a trainer, you can visit the project homepage or go straight to the…

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