As the cold snap arrives, we continue to embrace the garden at Rachel Keeling.
We support children to find ways to keep warm, we observe the changes in the environment and we think about how we can help the wildlife in our garden.
A few weeks ago children harvested potatoes, counting, estimating, tallying and studying them. Last week, children were supported in building a fire together.
They prepared the newspaper, kindling and made sure there was sand and water ready to douse the flames if we needed it.
We always use a flint to light the fire as a safety precaution.
The children sang and chatted happily as the fires took hold. The awe and wonder supported lots of talk and children used vocabulary such as, crackle, smoke, flames, fizz, pop, hiss.
We wrapped the par-boiled potatoes in foil and an adult placed them into the flames to cook. Meanwhile some parsley butter was made using parsley from our garden.
They were shared and enjoyed the potatoes in a little butter.
Later that day children were recounting the fire to some afternoon children: staff will ensure the afternoon children get to experience a campfire in the next week.