Farley Mount

Woodland Discovery

Learning Objectives

  • To enjoy a walk in the woods exploring the woodland habitat and learning about the plants and creatures that live there.

Opportunities for

  • Sc 1 Scientific enquiry
  • Sc 2 Life processes and living things
  • En 1 Speaking and listening
  • Citizenship
  • PSHE

Other Learning Skills

  • Observation
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Communication

Pre-visit Ideas/learning

  • General introduction to woodlands and the plants and creatures that live there, possibly through stories.

Welcome

  • Welcome and introduction to the site including any health and safety issues and expectations for the visit.

Activities

Choose from the activities below to create a tailor-made woodland walk experience.

  • Scavenger Hunt- Can you find all the things on your list?
  • Listening Game- Create a ‘song of the woods’ from the sounds around you.
  • Stick People- Make a person from sticks, design and build a home/base for them, create a story and tell it to another group.
  • Find your tree- Can you recognise the tree you only met while blindfolded?
  • Minibeast Hunt- Which creepy-crawlies can you spot?
  • Tree ID- Can you tell which tree is which?
  • Sticky Pictures- Collect small objects, stick onto card to make a collage.
  • Colour Palettes- Collect objects that match the colours on your palette.
  • Animal Homes- Create a home for a woodland creature using the natural materials around you.
  • Tree Faces- Use clay to mould a face on a tree then decorate with moss, twigs, petals or leaves to make it disappear into the bark.
  • Woolly Worms- How well can you camouflage the woolly worms?

Expected Outcomes

  • Most children will – enjoy a walk in the woods, explore the habitat and learn something of the plants and creatures that live there. They will be able to talk in simple terms about what they learned and identify their favourite activity.
  • Some children will have progressed further and will – enjoy a walk in the woods, explore the habitat and ask relevant questions. They will be able to express their opinions about the things they learned and discuss their favourite activity.

Resources

  • Clip boards, pencils, pencil sharpeners, tarpaulin, Ist Aid Kit, resources for individual activities.

Post Visit Activities

  • Compare the woodland habitat you visited to your school grounds. Can you find the same plants and creatures?
  • Make a reference booklet about your favourite plant or creature.