The Owl Class spent a very wet but fun day outdoors exploring the grounds of Beaumanor Hall. We went in search of the Gruffalo as part of our topic based around ‘The Great Outdoors’. We spent the morning in their beautiful gardens where we found a note from Dave the park keeper. It explained that the other animals from The Gruffalo story had been trying to have a picnic but had been scared away by the Gruffalo. So we set about finding all the animals which had hidden themselves in the bushes and setting up a new picnic for them.
We also wrote letters in reply. This was quite difficult as the rain kept washing away the marks on our whiteboards so we had to be patient and persevere. Some of us chose to write back to the park keeper whilst others decided to be brave and invite the Gruffalo to join us for a tea party.
Within the braches of a massive tree, we built dens for the Gruffalo to have a place to shelter from the rain. Our challenge was to build a den that was dry enough for us to sit and read a book in.
As we were moving logs to build our dens, we found some worms hiding underneath.
After a well-deserved lunch, we headed into the woods to search for signs of the Gruffalo. We didn’t find the Gruffalo but we did find lots of other interesting plants and articles. We enjoyed following an adventure trail where we had to climb through a web of elasticated ropes, through tunnels as well as over, under and through logs and tyres. There was also a very steep, slippery slope that we enjoyed challenging ourselves to climb up and down holding onto the rope. This took a lot of courage.
We never found the Gruffalo but we did find a cave that, with a bit of creativity, we imagined could be the Gruffalo’s house.
We have never had so much fun in the rain and we all showed resilience in coping with the challenging weather conditions.