Fires are something that most children, unless they are in the Scout movement, very rarely come across today. If they are at home and cold they turn up the central heating. Garden waste tends to be put in a green bin and gets recycled rather than burnt and an awful lot of BBQs are gas not charcoal. Fires though are an important part of our lives and, in some cases, could be life savers. Our Year 1 & 2 children were shown how to start and maintain a fire. Some tried rubbing sticks together or bashing two stones into each other to no avail. Instead we used matches, after a lesson in how to strike them. We also did an experiment to find out why we use dead wood on fires. Green leaves are very smoky! After half term we’ll make another fire and try and cook something.