I’m super excited to be able to introduce you to the new Gruffalo Teacher’s Pack – Provided by the Forestry Commission, this collection of curriculum-linked pack of activities designed to encourage learning outside the classroom for Early Years and Key Stage 1.
The Gruffalo has long been a staple of any EYFS / KS1 classroom – it was in fact a suggested text for one of the old KS1 SATs tasks of writing a character description when I was teaching Year 2 myself and it’s appeal never seems to wane. It is a true modern classic and a joy to work with in the classroom.
The Gruffalo Teacher’s Pack consists of four main sections and can either be worked through step by step or dipped into for individual programmes or activities – as a supply teacher this is great as it means it’s something I can keep to hand for those times where I might not have any set work to complete with a class. Of course the main purpose of the pack is for you to get your class outside, into the forest and it makes for a really lovely topic for the summer term hitting objectives across the curriculum.
Introduction – Scene setting:
The purpose of this section is to help children to become familiar with the story of the Gruffalo and the forest
Programme 1 – Explore and discover the forest
To explore geographical features, and use and create maps
Programme 2 – Design, make and evaluate
To design and make a variety of products using natural materials
Programme 3 – All about animals
to learn about forest animals and birds through a series of hands-on activities
Each section offers top tips for teachers along with clear notes on how best to prepare for activities. Curriculum links are made clear along with the provision of resources from ariel photos of the forest to activity sheets for children to complete. Activities are well thought out and give suggestions of clear questions for teachers to draw out understanding and extend thinking – this is particularly useful if you’re not all that confident in your own knowledge of forests and their inhabitants! There is also scope for you to add your own ideas and personalise this to suit the needs of your own pupils.
As I have mentioned, the main purpose of the pack is to get you out into the forest wherever possible to complete the activities and as such you really will get the best out of the tasks completing them in the open however there’s plenty of things which can be done in the classroom or out in the playground – for example “Design and make a shelter or house for one of the characters in the story” or the “Forest Sensory Challenge Sheet” which is a personal favourite!
The Forestry Commission really have done the legwork for you on this one so if you’re keen to get your class outside but aren’t sure where to start – I would definitely recommend hunting out the Gruffalo Teacher’s Pack and seeing how it could work for you!
*Disclaimer – I was sent the Gruffalo Teacher’s Pack along with a range of Gruffalo themed goodies free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*