Forest Story Study

Inspire creative writing, imaginative language and vocabulary, providing the backdrop for role play and performance by visiting your local forest

Years: 1, 2

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 6

Subject: English


Resource Overview

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.


Resource Assets

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Forest Story Study Lesson Plan

The lesson plan should work with whichever forest-based story you choose – you will be reading it aloud four times during the visit, so make sure it isn’t too long! Begin by reading the story to the children in the classroom.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Year 1
    • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
    • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
    • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
    • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
  • Year 2
    • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales