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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Shelter Skills

After Lockdown Number 3

Our children in Year 5/6 have returned from lockdown raring to go to add to their Life Skills. They have been introduced to the Laplander Saw and the safety talk. After that the children were given: wood, pencil, tape measure, hammer and nails as well as their Laplander saw and PPE and asked to start to design their own bug hotel or bird box.

On the return after lockdown number 3, our children across the school have been working on their Life skills, whilst supporting their well being and mental health in our Bushcraft Area.  After hunting to find the missing nest full of eggs. The children took responsibility to look after one of the precious chick and make it a shelter to keep it safe from the weather elements. 

Years 3 to 4 have been making shelters for small animals and insects, that they might find in the forest area, to protect them from the winter elements

Year 3 to 4 have been continuing with their Life Skill of Practising using the bow saw, safely and then putting together their snowmen.  As well as, gathering the kindling needed to make a successful fire and ordering it in size.

Years 3 and 4 have been introduced to the Bow Saw and it’s safety, then have been practising to gain a new skill


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Our children of different years building and changing dens to meet their games

Our children learn about the importance of shelters to humans and animals, construction techniques  and  how  to use knots and natural materials to create a water tight shelter.

Year 1 and 2 Building Small Dens For The Elves To Come And Visit

Year 4 Building Dens For Small Animals

Year 5 Building Dens at Gibside Using Natural Materials

Year 3 Making Fat Balls To Feed The Wild Birds During The Winter

Year 3/4 Making Fat Balls To Feed The Wild Birds During The Winter

Year 4 Making Fat Balls To Help The Birds Survive The Winter

Year 3/4 Learning How To Tie Clove Hitch Knots And Lash And Frap To Make Christmas Stars

Year 4 Learning How To Tie Clove Hitch Knots And Lashing And Frapping To Make A Christmas Star

Year 5/6 building dens for small animals at Gibside as art of their copper award