Gad's students in the Woods

KS1 learns about literacy in the great outdoors

Our K1 and K2 classes visited Shorne Woods Country Park to help enrich their love for reading and writing.

While at the ancient eco-friendly site, which boasts 292 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows, the classmates took part in lots of outdoor activities designed to strengthen their language skills.

They particularly enjoyed making a magic potion using plants and flowers from the sensory garden, which is rich in plant-form tactile sculptures designed to provide colour, scent, texture, shape and sound.

The children drew inspiration from the ‘Green Man’ statue, who lives in the centre of the garden and represents the spirit of the trees, and made up imaginative stories about forest characters based on the natural objects they found in the woods.

Head of KS1 Mr Patey said: “The children had a wonderful time and were impeccably behaved as always.

“The day really helped bring our classroom learning to life and I was very impressed by the creativity and range of vocabulary used by all the children during what was a very busy and fun itinerary of literacy workshops.”

Hosting educational programmes throughout the year, Shorne Woods Country Park offers lots of opportunities to learn about the nature and wildlife. It is one of the few places in South East England to provide Forest Schools.