Although I’m not teaching at the moment, I’m still really interested in finding fun and engaging ways to teach children. I try to do as much as possible with the boys at home, so when The Forestry Commission got in touch and asked us if we wanted to take a look at the free teacher’s pack based around The Gruffalo, we immediately said yes.
The Gruffalo, and indeed any book by Julia Donaldson, is a much loved book in our house. It’s read over and over again, and I’m really pleased that I bought the board version when Harrison was little – there would be nothing left of a paper back version now! This fantastic pack really opens up and enhances learning around the book in a variety of ways.
It is designed to help children learn more about their local forests, how they are looked after and how they benefit people and wildlife. It can be used anywhere outdoors – the woods, the park, the school grounds, or in our case, the back garden!
The pack is aimed at early years and key stage one (5 – 7 year olds) classrooms, which is perfect for us. After the initial scene setting, there are three programmes:
- Programme One aims to help children explore geographical features and use and create maps.
- Programme Two is about designing, making and evaluating a range of products using natural materials.
- Programme Three is all about forest animals.
It is incredibly interesting, even from an adults perspective, and now the weather is starting to pick up, we will be getting outside and having a go at some of the activities. Watch this space for our Gruffalo updates!!
To get your free pack, visit Forestry Commission website and enter your email address.
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