Discover key information about world rainforests. Learn through a range of challenges such as creating a Senses Journey, completing a rainforest word definition game, generating a question and answer display and making a 3D map of a rainforest. Research a report using the internet and finally present a David Attenborough style rainforest documentary.

Session 1 What is a rainforest?

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Computing

  • Use search technologies for locating information.

English

  • To discuss and clarify the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.

Teaching and Activities

Start to learn the key information about rainforests through a Senses Journey and a word definition game; create a class rainforest question and answer display board.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn geographical vocabulary relating to rainforests.
  • To locate the rainforests and to explore the relationship of them to the Equator.
  • To use the Internet to search for information about the rainforests.
  • To use dictionaries to understand meanings of words
  • To create a question and answer board based on the rainforests.

Children will:

  • Gain geographical knowledge and vocabulary linked to rainforests
  • Use a dictionary effectively
  • Search the internet for relevant information

You Will Need

  • Post-It Notes
  • Computers or Tablets

Session 2 Where in the world and why are they there?

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

D&T

  • To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and pattern pieces.
  • To select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Teaching and Activities

Develop your geographical knowledge of the rainforests, especially their location in the world; create a physical map using salt dough to demonstrate your learning.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To locate the rainforests and to explore the relationship of them with the Equator.
  • To use salt dough to create a continent map showing topography, rainforests and major rivers and cities.

Children will:

  • Develop geographical knowledge and vocabulary linked to rainforests
  • Locate main world tropical rainforest regions
  • Create a relief map showing world rainforests

You Will Need

  • Large globe
  • Atlases
  • Flour, Salt and Tap water
  • Base boards
  • Clay tools
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Paper flags

Session 3 David Attenborough visits our school!

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

English

  • To skim and scan non-fiction non-chronological report writing for relevant features.
  • To participate in role-play.

Teaching and Activities

Search for information about world rainforests; capture your knowledge in a non-chronological report and then create a documentary in the style of ‘David Attenborough’.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To locate the rainforests and to explore the relationship of them to the Equator.
  • To write a non-chronological report on the rainforests and perform a report in the style of a television presenter.

Children will:

  • Develop geographical knowledge and vocabulary linked to rainforests
  • Investigate main world tropical rainforest regions
  • Write a non-chronological report on a rainforest
  • Go into role as a TV presenter to give a presentation

You Will Need

  • Atlases
  • Non-fiction books on the rainforests
  • Flip cameras or other video equipment
  • Tablets or computers