As a teacher, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to deliver the curriculum. So I was delighted to see that The Forestry Commission have produced this lovely teacher’s pack based on the Gruffalo, one of our favourite books to use in class.
There is a good reason why Julia Donaldson books have become so popular. They show children that even the smallest creature can overcome their fears. It really taps into the children’s imaginations and they produce some lovely creative writing based on the lovable characters. This pack gives lots of fun ways to extend and enhance their learning. It is designed to give ideas for using in the local woods and would fit well with the science and geography units.
The pack is suitable for Early Years and Key Stage One.
• This section will enable learners to get to know the Gruffalo story, the characters and the forest environment.
Programme 1 – Explore and discover the forest
• EYFS – Understanding the world; Mathematics;
• Geography KS1 – geographical vocabulary; geographical skills; place knowledge
Programme 2 – Design, make and evaluate
• EYFS – Physical development; Expressive arts & design
• Design & technology KS1 – design, make, build, evaluate
Programme 3 – All about animals
• EYFS – Understanding the world; Communication and language
• Science Year 1 – animals, humans, senses
Kids learn best when they are having fun and outdoor learning is so important for that. These activities bring the curriculum to life, and make it really engaging. I am definitely going to look at how we can plan them into our Julia Donaldson unit next year.
To get your free teaching pack you just need to visit the Forestry commission website and enter your email address, There are also useful tips for learning outdoors.
Here are our Gruffalo themed ideas.
Disclaimer: We were sent a pack of Gruffalo activities for the purposes of this review.