We really enjoyed the trail at Dunham Massey, which celebrates 30 years of the Percy stories.


  • Backpacks
  • Home made binoculars
  • Maps provided by National Trust


The boys excitedly used their maps to follow the trail, stopping at each junction to check which way to turn.

Ioan helped read the story at each check point before collecting their embossed stamp.

Finn kept running along and stopping, saying, “My map says smell this plant just here… sniff sniff!”

They have shown even more interest in nature since reading the Lorax, and carry some home made binoculars in their backpacks. They used them to search for the green woodpecker we heard in a tree and observe a bee collecting nectar.

Whilst feeding the ducks, Finn was fascinated that they sleep with their heads tucked under their wing. He tried very hard to tuck his head under his arm pit and have a nap. He couldn’t manage it unfortunately, otherwise he had planned to try it whilst floating on the water!

The next morning, Nanny read, “One Springy

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Understanding the world

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.