Using a fire steel 

Yesterday our Year 1s (only 5 and 6 years old) showed incredible levels of concentration, perseverance and resilience in using a fire steel to light a ball of cotton wool. It’s a tricky task, even for adults, as it takes a knack and a certain amount of strength, but these children stuck with the task without giving up, listened to direction if they wanted it, and every child who gave it a go managed to set their cotton wool alight eventually. The look of pleasure, satisfaction and self-esteem on their faces was fantastic to see.