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Kestrels Celebrate the Summer Solstice

It was a beautiful day for Year 5's Forest School session last week.  With the Summer Solstice approaching we spent the day preparing for the celebration as our ancient ancestors might have done - making elder beads for bracelets and necklaces, using the hapazome technique to decorate 'bunting' for our camp, carving chalk amulets and figurines, decorating our faces with mud and chalk paint, weaving beautiful gods' eyes to ward off evil spirits, whittling spears and even making bows and arrows. 

We had a picnic lunch on the field and then had a game of Bear Hunt in which Mrs Chambers (playing the role of the bear) got to squirt the hunters (Year 5) with water!   

It was a wonderful way to celebrate the longest day of the year!