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Early Years & KS1 programmes

Woodlouse Wander

As we enter the forest through the magic archway we are shrunk in size to become woodlice for the day! We use the theme of this prehistoric crustacean to explore the forest from a different viewpoint.

We start with some fun games to practice being woodlice, before our transformation occurs (antennae making included!) We then scuttle into the forest, practicing using our woodlouse senses and foraging for food along the way. We learn about the type of habitats a woodlouse needs and use this to design our own woodlouse houses. We also learn about some of the other animals the woodlice share the forest with. On the way back we collect natural materials to make a fourteen legged souvenir!

National Curriculum links: Shape, space and measure 1-17, People and communities 1-5. The world 1-6 ELG 1-3, Listening and attention 1-7 ELGs 1-3, Understanding 1-8 ELG 1-2. Speaking 1-14 ELGs 1-3, Making relationships 1-7 ELGs 1-4, Self Confidence, Self Awareness 1-8, ELGs 1-6, Managing feelings and behaviour 1-7, ELGs 1-5, Exploring and using media and material 1-22 ELGs 1-2, Being imaginative 1-16 ELGs1-2, Moving and handling 1-8.


Wormy Wiggle

We transform ourselves into worms for a wonderful wiggle through the trees! Along the way we learn about how worms live and the role they play in the forest through a range of sensory and art activities.

Session outline: We start by reading a story about a superhero worm, followed by a wiggly warm up before setting off on the forest trail. On route we have a go at using our worm senses, and count how many real worms we can spot, making a leafy broth to lure them out. We take time out to make artwork inspired by the worms and their other forest friends and reflect on the role worms play in keeping the forest healthy. On the way back we make our own leafy souvenir to take home.

National Curriculum links: Shape, space and measure 1-17, People and communities 1-5. The world 1-6 ELG1-3, Listening and attention 1-7 ELGs 1-3, Understanding 1-8 ELG 1-2. Speaking 1-14 ELGs 1-3, Making relationships 1-7 ELGs 1-4, Self Confidence, Self Awareness 1-8, ELGs 1-6, Managing feelings and behaviour 1-7, ELGs 1-5, Exploring and using media and material 1-22 ELGs 1-2, Being imaginative 1-16 ELGs1-2.


Teddy Bears' Wild Picnic

Children are invited to bring their own bears to the woods for a picnic with a difference!

Session outline: We introduce our bears to each other before exploring the woods from a bear’s perspective, using our eyes, ears, paws and noses. We then think about what a bear needs to survive and learn some Teddy Bear Grylls survival skills, building shelters for our bears and foraging for ‘food’. Lastly, we gather with our teddies for a sing-along and a marshmallow or two.

Be sure of a few big surprises!

National Curriculum links: Shape, space and measure 1-17, People and communities 1-5. The world 1-6 ELG 1-3, Listening and attention 1-7 ELGs 1-3, Understanding 1-8 ELG 1-2. Speaking 1-14 ELGs 1-3, Making relationships 1-7 ELGs 1-4, Self Confidence, Self Awareness 1-8, ELGs 1-6, Managing feelings and behaviour 1-7, ELGs 1-5, Exploring and using media and material 1-22 ELGs 1-2, Being imaginative 1-16 ELGs 1-2.


Tales From the Trees

We welcome you to the Wood Between Worlds, a place of magic and intrigue! This session aims to ignite the imagination and inspire literacy work.

Session outline: We play some games to awaken our senses, before embarking on a journey to meet the trees of Grizedale. Some trees are magic doorways to other lands – we find clues to what those lands might be like. Some trees have friendly faces and their own story to tell. We learn a special trick to encourage them to reveal their secrets! As we walk we collect items to make our very own storytelling stick, and the seeds of inspiration for our own stories.  Great inspiration for literacy work back in the classroom.

National Curriculum links: People and communities 1-5. The world 1-6 ELG1-3, Listening and attention 1-7 ELGs 1-3, Understanding 1-8 ELG 1-2. Speaking 1-14 ELGs 1-3, Making relationships 1-7 ELGs 1-4, Self Confidence, Self Awareness1-8, ELGs 1-6, Managing feelings and behaviour 1-7, ELGs 1-5, Exploring and using media and material 1-22 ELGs 1-2, Being imaginative 1-16 ELGs 1-2.


Nursery Rhyme Ramble

A fun musical session which takes classic nursery rhymes as a springboard for active games and creative activities.

Session outline: We let off steam by hunting for wool to fill our 3 bags full. We then head up the hill for a Jack and Jill style scavenger hunt, stopping on the way for a Grand Old Duke of York singalong. At the top we discover the mystery object that Jack and Jill found up the hill, before making our own boats to row row row back down. We finish by making Jack a new crown and swap the mulberry bush for the Grizedale trees for a final song and dance.

National Curriculum links: People and communities 1-5. The world 1-6 ELG 1-3, Listening and attention 1-7 ELGs 1-3, Understanding 1-8 ELG 1-2. Speaking 1-14 ELGs 1-3, Making relationships 1-7 ELGs 1-4, Self Confidence, Self Awareness 1-8, ELGs 1-6, Managing feelings and behaviour 1-7, ELGs 1-5, Exploring and using media and material 1-22 ELGs 1-2, Being imaginative 1-16 ELGs 1-2.


Bespoke Sessions

If you would like us to deliver a session theme not offered here please get in touch to discuss your requirements. info@playful-nature.co.uk

For example, we can design a bespoke session to fit in with a storybook you are reading in school.

 

 

Last updated: 11th July 2017

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