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Learning in the Forest – Lesson plans for schools and groups

We have created some great downloadable lesson plans to be used in the forest. They contain links to the new national curriculum, but are just as appropriate for non-education groups such as Brownies and Cubs.

Forest maths skills

Forests provide endless learning opportunities, and are great places for studying many aspects of the key stage 1 and 2 maths curriculum, including number, shape, symmetry, estimation and measuring.

Literacy - A forest story study and performance

A visit to the forest with your class can inspire creative writing, imaginative language and vocabulary, as well as providing the backdrop for role play and performance. Suitable for KS 1 and 2.

Explore with your senses

Look around, sniff and smell, touch and listen, and discover your local forest

Terrific trees

Games and activities to introduce your group to the wonderful world of trees

Exploring natural materials (forest art)

Get creative and make forest masterpieces from natural materials

Geography – Key Stage 1

Explore the forest identifying natural and man-made features, then make maps on paper or on the ground

Exploring natural materials (building structures) 

Bring your DT curriculum alive, using wood from the forest to build towers and bridges

Minibeasts in the forest 

Play games and explore different forest habitats to discover the tiny creatures that live in this wonderful environment

Forests for the Future

Find out about climate change issues, the value of trees in the carbon cycle, and what individuals and schools can do to make a difference. Perfect for upper KS2.

Last updated: 19th October 2016