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.

Session 1 Let's explore the rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To become familiar with life in the rainforest and understand what food resources are available in the rainforest, for the creatures and peoples who live there.

Children will:

  • Become familiar with life in the rainforest, especially the food and resources available.
  • Share a meal together, made up of foods originating from the rainforests.
  • Understand what food resources are available for the creatures and peoples who live in rainforests.

You Will Need

  • Foods and drink from resources originating in tropical rainforests
  • Sticky tape
  • Blank cards

Session 2 Creatures on the forest floor

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use materials, including construction materials and textiles, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research, and become familiar with, the creatures living in the lower layers of the rainforest.
  • To make group dioramas of understory layer and forest floor of the rainforest in shoe boxes, including the creatures found in these layers.

Children will:

  • Research, and become familiar with, the creatures living in the lower layers of the rainforest.
  • Make group dioramas of understory layer and forest floor of the rainforest in shoe boxes, including the creatures found in these layers.

You Will Need

  • Tubes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners

Session 3 Creatures of the canopy

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use materials, including construction materials and textiles, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research, and become familiar with, the creatures living in the upper layers of the rainforest.
  • To make group dioramas of canopy and emergent layers of the rainforest in shoe boxes, including the creatures found in these layers.

Children will:

  • Research, and become familiar with, the creatures living in the upper layers of the rainforest
  • Make group dioramas of canopy and emergent layers of the rainforest in shoe boxes, including the creatures found in these layers

You Will Need

  • Tubes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Play-dough

Session 4 How creatures have adapted to life in a rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Science

  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.

English

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of their writing, selecting the appropriate form, noting and developing ideas.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop their understanding of the rainforest layers by researching the conditions and resources experienced by creatures living there.
  • To identify and research how rainforest creatures have adapted to life in their forest layer.
  • To produce class book of ‘I spy’ Creatures of the Rainforest to accompany the group dioramas.

Children will:

  • Become familiar with the conditions and resources experienced by creatures living in the rainforest.
  • Identify how rainforest creatures have adapted to life in their forest layer.
  • Produce class book of ‘I spy’ Creatures of the Rainforest to accompany the group dioramas.

You Will Need

  • Internet and research books
  • Lego people

Session 5 Visit a rainforest centre

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Art

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To experience at first hand a manmade rainforest, including vegetation and wildlife
  • To gain understanding of global response to preservation of the rainforests by discussing the question “Why are manmade rainforests so important?”
  • To understand and empathise with indigenous peoples of a rainforest by having a glimpse into the temperatures, vegetation and wildlife they experience.
  • To look closely at the vegetation of the Rainforest Centre, by undertaking life drawing.

Children will:

  • Experience at first hand a manmade rainforest, including vegetation and wildlife.
  • Gain understanding of global response to preservation of the rainforests by discussing the question “Why are manmade rainforests so important?”.
  • Understand and empathise with indigenous peoples of a rainforest, by having a glimpse into the temperatures, vegetation and wildlife they experience.
  • Look closely at the vegetation of the rainforest, by undertaking life drawing.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Sketch books and pencils
  • Camera
  • Risk assessments for visit

Weblinks

Official website of The Eden Project from edenproject.com
The Living Rainforest from livingrainforest.org
Amazonia - indoor tropical rainforest from discoveramazonia.co.uk
Rainforest adventure from rainforestadventure.co.uk
Natural History Museum from web.archive.org
Oxford University Museum of Natural History from oum.ox.ac.uk
The Manchester Museum from museum.manchester.ac.uk
London Zoo rainforest information from zsl.org
Chester zoo rainforest trail from chesterzoo.org
Newquay zoo from newquayzoo.org.uk
Edinburgh butterfly and rainforest centre from edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk