The Forestry Commission (FC) looks after more than 1500 woods and forests in England – together they make up the public forest estate. Forests play an important role in all sorts of literature, providing symbols and settings in classic texts, fairy tales, modern children’s stories and poems. A visit to the forest with your class can inspire creative writing, imaginative language and vocabulary, as well as providing the backdrop for role play and performance. The aim of this lesson plan is to study a story in depth and finish with a performance of it. You will need to choose a story to work with – one that is set in a woodland or forest. It could be a traditional fairy tale, such as Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel, or a modern story such as Percy the Park Keeper or the Gruffalo. The Forestry Commission have kindly given us permission to share this resource.