Make a Map

This could be a whole class activity around a large sheet of paper or on the white board. Perhaps each table group might be able to make their own map. How do they differ?

Decide on and draw a symbol to represent your school at the centre of the page (it could be a simple rectangle)

What other things need to be put on the map?
What image should we draw to show them? What colour etc?
Where do they need to be put on the map in relation to the other symbols?
Do we need a key to help people understand our symbols?
Could we draw on it where particular things happened or where we do particular activities?
If we show it to some one else do they understand it?

Hide some treasure (sweets perhaps) mark on the map where it is. Can the treasure be found by the children and the treasure shared?

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Class activities

Into the wild wood

Choose a volunteer from the group to walk into the wild wood.

The remainder of the group should divide in half and stand on either sides of the room creating a corridor for the volunteer to walk through.

One side of the room will represent the nice things you may find in a wild wood and the other half will represent possible scary things you may find in the wild wood.

The way in which everyone will represent these things will be through sounds and shapes with the body. For example someone may turn into a scary tree with the sound of the whistling wind or, someone may transform into a bird and tweet.

Once everyone has decided what they are going to do; the volunteer will walk down the ‘corridor’ and experience walking into the wild wood. The volunteer may want to close their eyes.

Character image

Were there any parts of the story you wanted to know more about? Maybe what Molly did when she got into her home? Did Molly and Ratcliffe ever meet up again?

Have a think about what you would have liked to know or see, then, in your group; show that as a still image*.

* Still image. This is the creation of a still or frozen image using a group of people who freeze in a pose to capture a particular moment, idea or theme, as in a photograph or painting.

Pack your bags!

Molly prepared for her adventure by packing a sandwich and a drink into her bag. If you were to go on an adventure like Molly, what would you need to take? What would you like to take?

Write a postcard

Click on the image below to access a downloadable postcard template,  write a short message from Molly to her friend telling them about her adventure. Maybe draw a picture on the other side? Imagine what Molly’s friend’s address could be and address the postcard too.

Questions for discussion

Do you think it was the right decision for Molly to go on her adventure alone? Have you ever been lost? How did you feel? What can you do to avoid getting lost again? What could Molly do next time to make sure she is as safe as possible?

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Art activity

Make a picture of the Wild Woods at night in winter.

Print out a copy of the background and silhoulette sheets for each child.

Background sheet             Siloulette sheet

Ask the children to cut out the silhoulette pictures and stick them on the background sheet to make the picture (see example below). Finish the picture off by adding felt tip lines to replace any covered by the silhouettes glued on.

The children could also create their own background image. Simply use an A4 sheet of white paper in landscape orientation. Depending on the ability of your class you could even create a similar picture on black sugar paper with white chalk.

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Maps and Rivers

Maps and rivers

Go to Google maps search for the name of a place on a river (e.g. Bewdley on the Severn) zoom in so that you can see the river clearly. Scroll around to follow the river and select particular features to talk about (there is a wonderful bend in the river near Gloucester). By clicking the tab on the top right corner you can select map or satellite view or open photos of particular locations. How is the river different at Portishead to Newtown?

River walk

Arrange to go for a walk in a wood or along a river bank with your class, Canon Hill Park has some wooded areas that feel quite remote and the River Rea has a good surfaced path for a long way along the cycle route. Moseley Bog was an inspiration for Tolkien it has good woods and the River Cole; guided walks can be arranged through the education team at Sarehole Mill. (There are actual stepping stones and a ford).


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Make a field guide

Make a field guide to the animals of the river bank and wild wood.

Ask the children to find pictures of English woodland animals print them off or cut them out. Collect some facts about each animal. Stick or staple them together to make a booklet. Here are some to get you started:


Moles live under ground in tunnels they dig with their short strong paws.
The soil they push up to the surface makes little piles called mole hills.
They are carnivores they eat worms, slugs and insects.
They have short black fur and small eyes, they can’t see very well but have very good hearing and can feel they way with sensitive whiskers around their little pink noses.

Water voles:

Similar but smaller and more round than a rat, (about the size of a hamster), with a shorter tail.
They live in the holes in the banks of rivers and canals they like slow moving water and marshes.
They are good swimmers and might be seen jumping from the bank or eating plants on the bank they are herbivores.
They are very shy and only 20cms long so quite hard to see.


Also live underground in holes called Setts that they dig on the edges of fields or in woods
Badgers are about a metre long (about the size of a medium sized dog) with short strong legs.
They are omnivorous eating worms, mice frogs, snails and fruit like apples and blackberries.
Badgers are nocturnal so come out at night to look for food.
They have grey fur with white faces and two black stripes.


Toads are amphibious like frogs but spend more time on land than in the water.
They have a brown lumpy skin and crawl rather than hop.
Toads lay their spawn in water like frogs but their eggs are in a long string of jelly rather than a clump.
They look for worms, ants and beetles at night and eat lots.
Toads hibernate through winter sleeping in holes and under stones.

What can you find out about?

Weasels/stoats                         Heron
Hedgehogs   Trout
Rabbits   Stickleback
Deer   Bats
Mice   Owls
Foxes   Rats
Otters   Kingfisher



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