Block E - Musical Forests

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 climate and rainfall facts of temperate and tropical rainforests; listen to and discuss the sounds of rainforest creatures and rain; recreate a rainstorm using your hands and body parts; make rain-sticks, pan-pipes and xylophones. Compose a musical composition, inspired by the sounds of the rainforest, entitled ‘A Day of Rain’ and perform it.

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: The rain of the forest

Learn about the rainfall of rainforests; listen to rainforest rain and animal sounds; make rain-sticks and start to explore making rain sounds.

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02: The calls of the forest

Find out about the sounds made by some of the rainforest creatures; listen to and discuss the sounds of the forest; make panpipes and xylophones; recreate Amazonian sounds using your homemade instruments.

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03: 'A day of rain' - practice and performance

Using your hands and body parts recreate the sound of a rainforest storm; recreate the sound of forest creatures using homemade instruments and voices; perform your music composition ‘A Day of Rain’ to an audience.