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Self guided programmes

 We welcome bookings from groups that wish to carry out their own activities and are happy to provide advice about High Lodge.

Amazing Animals Children playing

A selection of clues and evidence left behind by forest animals and birds, as well as a minibeast search in the forest habitat, will inspire the detectives and naturalists within your group.

Children playing at a den building eventShelter Building 

 A great team activity. Children work together to construct sturdy shelters from forest materials. Test the structures using the ‘rain test’.


Magic of the Brecks Family group walking on a natural trail through the woods

Look into some of the amazing things that make the Brecks so special. A  selection of resources to help support learning whilst using the Magic of the Brecks trail onsite. Alternatively, download the lesson plan and related documents of the righ hand of this page.

(The Ranger in a Bag gives you all of the resources required in the lesson plan.)

Already booked a Ranger in a Bag? Curriculum links and more…


Other self-led opportunities onsite

Orienteering (Key Stage 2+).

The large permananent orienteering course has routes to suit a range of ages and abilities. A compass can be used but is not essential for the course. This will test students mapping skills as well as allowing exploraton of the wider forest environment. 

Gruffalo Oreintering

Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find Gruffalo markers. Once they've found each marker they need to answer the question related to the marker in their Gruffalo orienteering leaflet.

Children can choose to run or walk the course and can time themselves against the clock if they want to increase the challenge.

Before you begin the course, pick up a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with certificate and a course map is available to buy from the forest for £1.50.

Information for school groups

The trail has been designed to link to the following areas of the curriculum:

EYFS links:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
• understanding the world

Key stage 1 and 2 curriculum links:
• Geographical skills – using compass directions and locational and directional language; using fieldwork to observe human and physical features
• PE – outdoor and adventurous activity challenges
• Science –living things and their habitats
• English – reading and comprehension

Last updated: 10th July 2018

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Postcode: IP27 0AF

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