A Thumping Great Rabbit is the perfect springboard for a Woodland topic and gives us some valuable literacy and circle time activities.


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Our story A Thumping Great Rabbit shows how it s good to be different and can lead to some valuable speaking and listening activities with links to PSHE.

Arm your class with magnifying glasses, notebooks, cameras and viewing jars, and head out and about to find out if your local trees are under attack.

Trees, woods and forests provide a wonderful learning ground for children whatever the season, so make the most of your outdoor adventure with these ideas from Jean Edwards.

Talk about the effects of noise pollution on our health and well-being – and how woodlands can be the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

What possible value can be gained from a picture book about a bunny for an upper Key Stage 2 class? Here we look at using picture books with older children.

Use vibrant spring the late days of summer, emerging autumn and creeping winter to inspire natural art and stunning woodland displays.

Every creature, whatever its size, deserves our care. Try out Bel Deering’s activity ideas to teach children about the smallest woodland inhabitants and how to treat them respectfully.

Children learn about the importance of sharing fairly from a young age – but do they realise that sharing is closely related to division?

The Green Man mystery is a great way to involve children in caring for and investigating trees and woodlands, says educational writer Christine Lee.

Firefighters come to the rescue in our story and quickly douse the woodland fire but who told them about the fire?

Sounds and rhythm are a big part of A Thumping Great Rabbit so take the opportunity to do some percussion-based music work that children will love.

There’s nothing like a stick to encourage imaginative play, says Bel Deering. To a child, a stick can be anything from a pen to a magic wand. 

Debbie Fryer tells us why the Forest School concept, which originated in Scandinavia, makes children happy, healthy, wealthy and wise….

Author and poet Brenda Williams talks to us about her writing and how she found inspiration for A Thumping Great Rabbit right on her doorstep.


Find yourself a shady nook and curl up with one of these beautiful books, selected and reviewed by Anne Faundez.

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