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The Magic of Books

Our Book Days are a brilliant way of taking children on a journey into the world of reading and creative thinking... and so much more.

Choosing to explore a book can engage children across a range of topics in innovative and exciting ways. Whether it’s creating a hedgehog shelter using natural materials, or following a bear hunt trail exploring the habitat, or reading a compass and learning teamwork skills or learning natural navigation techniques and orienteering – there is a wealth of experiences just waiting to be explored.

Children from Year 2 Russell Lower School in Ampthill are reading Mark the Mountain Guide. They spent a day at Dell Farm with activities themed around the book.


Click on the book titles below to see more examples of how a story can be brought to life in an outdoor setting:

Mark the Mountain Guide by Mark Seaton

Key Stage 1

Come and learn some of Mark’s mountain skills for yourself

  • Know what to pack in your rucksack to survive in an extreme environment
  • Use your teamwork skills to negotiate obstacles on the team challenge course
  • Learn how to use a map and compass to read the landscape
  • Conquer a mountain with your friends

The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley

Key Stage 1

Hear the story in the company of some of the farm animals and our donkey who feature in the book.

  • Use clay and natural materials to make a clay hedgehog
  • Learn more about the lives of these fascinating creatures
  • Learn how to use a map and compass to read the landscape
  • Construct a shelter for your hedgehog in the orchard using natural materials

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Key Stage 1

Following the story the children will go on their very own bear hunt exploring the natural landscape around Dell Farm

Along the way they will:

  • take part in different sensory activities
  • hunt for colours and textures
  • listen for different sounds in the outdoors

This will link in with a caving session in the afternoon.

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Marpurgo

Key Stage 2

Experience what life was like for Michael, washed ashore on a desert island

Focusing on survival skills the children will:

  • learn to tie some handy knots to construct a shelter
  • understand the fire triangle and have a go at lighting and maintaining a fire

Learn natural navigation techniques and put their knowledge to the test in an orienteering competition.


"A great day - it's brilliant that you incorporated so many ideas from the book" Chantry Primary Academy

Please do get in touch if you would like to explore other books. We would be very happy to put a programme together for you.


To discuss your requirements further and to speak to a member of the Active Education Team at Dell Farm call 01582 400272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..