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Woodland Explorers

Woodland Explorers


Our beautiful woodland area has been created over the last 6 months from our disused pond, to an exciting area for the children to explore, holistically develop and enjoy the outdoors.


Our journey began in April 2018, when army cadets from Harrogate Foundation College came to help us clear the brambles and thorny trees, remove the pond lining and rotten fences and create a path from Robins classroom to the woodland area.


The Friends of Bishop Monkton School pledged money to develop the area. As we continue to develop we plan to create a pond, den building area, a fire pit and a structure on what was the jetty.


There are many different approaches and ethos around outdoor, woodland learning. We liked the principles of John Muir, which are;


Discover a wild place

Explore it

Conserve it

Share your experience


We have found our wild place, we want to explore and conserve it, and we would love to share our experiences with you here, in this space.........

Spring 2020: Owls class exploring habitats in the woodland area

Spring 2019

This time in the woodland area Wrens have been looking at texture. We wrapped different materials around the trees, feeling the texture and how they differ from each other, and the tree's surface. When we had time to explore Mrs Cottrell found two frogs, the children were fascinated seeing them. Many went to see what other life they could find under the logs and stones.

Autumn 2018

Wrens have been exploring the woodland area, looking at signs of autumn. We have looked at the colours of leaves, and coloured our leaf pictures and decorated autumn leaves with things we have found. We have explored the whole area and enjoy walking through the willow tunnel. We have looked under stones and wooden stumps to see what insects we can find, and talked about the leaves and feathers that are on the ground. I wonder what we will do next time.......