The session started with a reminder of all the tools and equipment we'd need to do the Castle Restoration job! We thought of everything, from safety gear to cement mixers and ladders!
We put our helmets and high-vis jackets on and went walkabout around the site to see what jobs had to be done.
The list was long...
battlements to be repaired
new wooden drawbridge to be made
rusty chains to be scrubbed
moat to be dug out
leaking well to be fixed
safety lid to be made to cover dangerous well
portcullis gate to be welded
smashed curtain wall to be fixed with cement
carve new leg for the throne
repair spiral staircase
We drew sketches of the parts of the castle we wanted to restore and shared our ideas with the rest of the team.
We started our session by talking about the wild flowers that we know about already -
daisies, dandelions, bluebells, buttercups and forget-me-nots.
We noticed that some of the flowers had 5 petals, but the daisy had lots more. We chose a 'chunky' daisy each and counted its petals - we had 47, 48, 49, 50 petals.
We went exploring around Forest School to see where the wildflowers were growing. Most were in shady patches that got some sunlight.
We found some others - wild garlic (ramsons), violets, granny's bonnet, cow parsley, lords and ladies, pink clover, nettles and some that we still need to identify.
To finish our session we had some choosing time using the tyre swing, slides, rope walk, mud pits, tunnels and Forest School environment.