Transport: On the Move
Through Nature

Plan some exciting nature journeys to a Woodland Classroom. Explore wild environments and make your own nature art, journey sticks and fairy houses. Use the forest as your classroom, make up your own games and learn how to build a fire. Will you be crowned king or queen of the forest?

Session 1 Journey Sticks

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others. Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Be confident to try new activities, and to say why some activities are liked more than others. Be confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about ideas, and will choose the resources needed for a chosen activity. Say when help is or isn't needed.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.

Planning and Activities

Experience a woodland classroom environment and learn how to keep safe in a forest.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To experience a woodland classroom environment.
  • To learn how to keep safe in a forest.
  • To experiment with movements required to move around the area safely.

Children will:

  • Know how to keep safe in a forest.
  • Know how to find base camp.
  • Make journey sticks and talk about objects collected.
  • Experiment with different ways of moving. Jumping off objects and landing appropriately.

You Will Need

Find and establish a woodland classroom area and base camp.

  • 6 PE cones
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Scissors to cut the tape

Session 2 Forest Textures

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others. Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise the activity. Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what is heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.

Planning and Activities

Experiment with movement, experiment and manipulate mud and experiment with whittling.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To experiment with movements required to move around the area safely
  • To experiment and manipulate mud
  • To experiment with whittling.

Children will:

  • Learn how to whittle sticks.
  • Make up magic spells.
  • Make a magic mud painting.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Potato peelers
  • Tarpaulin for tool area
  • Sticks
  • Bowls
  • Mud
  • Paint, paper and crayons
  • Glitter
  • Hanging stars
  • A stick that has already been whittled into a magic wand
  • Small branch

Session 3 Forest Animals

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Talk about the features of the immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what is heard with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories

Planning and Activities

Learn about forest animals and their habitats.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To experiment with movements required to move around the area safely
  • To learn about forest animals and their habitats.

Children will:

  • Name forest animals.
  • Search for evidence of forest animals.
  • Make leaf animals pictures.
  • Join in with repetitive parts of a story.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story
  • Googly eyes
  • Magnifying glasses for tracking
  • Plastic carrier bags

Session 4 Forest Fairies

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others. Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise the activity. Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Be confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others. Be confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources needed for a chosen activity. Say when help is or isn't needed.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories.

Planning and Activities

Travel through the forest, working as a team to build a fairy house.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To travel with confidence through the forest.
  • To work as a team.
  • To build a fairy house.

Children will:

  • Build a mini house for a fairy.
  • Work collaboratively and evaluate each other’s work.
  • Move around an area safely and with purpose.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Small world fairies
  • Camera
  • String (enough for each group to tie a knot)
  • Twigs
  • Branches
  • Rocks
  • Camera

Session 5 Forest Party

Objectives

Early Learning Goals

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others. Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise the activity. Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories
  • Sing songs and make music, and experiment with ways of changing them.

Planning and Activities

Know how to build a fire safely.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To travel with confidence through the forest.
  • To know how to build a fire safely.
  • To consolidate learning.

Children will:

  • Make a forest crown.
  • Learn the components of the fire triangle.
  • Cook your own marshmallow.
  • Think about time in Woodland Classroom.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Strips of card
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Camera
  • Marshmallows
  • Fire safety equipment and extra adult support