A Thumping Great Rabbit is the perfect springboard for a Woodland topic and gives us some valuable literacy and circle time activities.

   

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Knowledge and skills

  • Developing empathy
  • Speaking and listening
  • Character analysis
  • Talking before writing
  • Story structure

Our story A Thumping Great Rabbit shows how it s good to be different and can lead to some valuable speaking and listening activities with links to PSHE.

Knowledge and skills

  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Enquiry skills
  • Working as a team
  • Working scientifically
  • Note-taking

Arm your class with magnifying glasses, notebooks, cameras and viewing jars, and head out and about to find out if your local trees are under attack.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Local environment
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Working scientifically
  • Note-taking
  • Listening
  • Enquiry skills
  • Vocabulary development
  • Storytelling

Trees, woods and forests provide a wonderful learning ground for children whatever the season, so make the most of your outdoor adventure with these ideas from Jean Edwards.

Knowledge and skills

  • Using the senses
  • Health and well being
  • Living things and their habitats

Talk about the effects of noise pollution on our health and well-being – and how woodlands can be the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

Knowledge and skills

  • Working together
  • Creative thinking
  • Speaking and listening
  • Planning
  • Storytelling
  • Peer evaluation

What possible value can be gained from a picture book about a bunny for an upper Key Stage 2 class? Here we look at using picture books with older children.

Knowledge and skill

  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Local environments
  • Designing and making

Use vibrant spring the late days of summer, emerging autumn and creeping winter to inspire natural art and stunning woodland displays.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals
  • Minibeasts
  • Role-play and drama
  • Designing and making
  • Speaking and listening

Every creature, whatever its size, deserves our care. Try out Bel Deering’s activity ideas to teach children about the smallest woodland inhabitants and how to treat them respectfully.

Knowledge and skills

  • Multiplication and division
  • Measuring
  • Weather and climate
  • Problem solving

Children learn about the importance of sharing fairly from a young age – but do they realise that sharing is closely related to division?

Knowledge and skills

  • Art and design techniques
  • Speaking and listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Enquiry skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Listening
  • Presenting
  • Research

The Green Man mystery is a great way to involve children in caring for and investigating trees and woodlands, says educational writer Christine Lee.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living in the wider world
  • Health and well-being
  • Role-play and drama 

Firefighters come to the rescue in our story and quickly douse the woodland fire but who told them about the fire?

Knowledge and skills

  • Experimenting with sound
  • Composing music
  • Playing and performing music
  • Playing instruments

Sounds and rhythm are a big part of A Thumping Great Rabbit so take the opportunity to do some percussion-based music work that children will love.

Knowledge and skills

  • Designing and making
  • Creative thinking
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities

There’s nothing like a stick to encourage imaginative play, says Bel Deering. To a child, a stick can be anything from a pen to a magic wand. 

Knowledge and skills

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Health and well being
  • Creative thinking
  • Living in the wider world
  • Working as a team

Debbie Fryer tells us why the Forest School concept, which originated in Scandinavia, makes children happy, healthy, wealthy and wise….

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others’ ideas

Author and poet Brenda Williams talks to us about her writing and how she found inspiration for A Thumping Great Rabbit right on her doorstep.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading widely
  • Research

Find yourself a shady nook and curl up with one of these beautiful books, selected and reviewed by Anne Faundez.

Woodlands resources

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  • Activity Sheet
  • Animals
  • Assembly
  • Drama
  • Ebook
  • Festive
  • FREE
  • Image
  • Images
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Minibeasts
  • Outdoor Play
  • Poetry
  • Printable Resource
  • Reward
  • Rewards
  • Science
  • SPaG
  • Story Planner
  • Story Resources
  • Story Starters
  • Storytelling
  • Storytelling Resources
  • Template
  • Traditional Tales
  • Video
  • Vocabulary
  • Whiteboard
  • Default
  • Title
  • Random

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