Rainforests

Block D - Creatures of the Rainforest

This engaging topic will introduce children to rainforests around the world. They will learn what they are, where they are, what they contain and who lives there! Along the way they will develop their skills by creating reports, creating their own rainforests, and becoming David Attenborough!

Learn about the food resources available in the rainforest for the creatures and peoples who live in the rainforests. Create dioramas of the four layers of the rainforest, including the creatures found in these layers and research how rainforest creatures have adapted to life in their forest layer.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Let's explore the rainforest

Enjoy a meal at a ‘Rainforest Café’ and through sharing a meal, learn about the food resources available in the rainforest for the creatures and peoples who live there.

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02: Creatures on the forest floor

Make group dioramas of the understory layer and the forest floor of the rainforest, including the creatures found in these layers.

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03: Creatures of the canopy

Make group dioramas of the emergent and canopy layers of the rainforest, including the creatures found in these layers.

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04: How creatures have adapted to life in a rainforest

Research how rainforest creatures have adapted to life in their forest layer; produce a class book of ‘I Spy’ Creatures of the Rainforest to accompany your group dioramas.

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05: Visit a rainforest centre

If possible experience a manmade rainforest at first hand in order to understand better why manmade rainforests are so important and to empathise with indigenous peoples of the rainforest; look closely at and draw the vegetation of the biome.