Understand the four main layers of a rainforest. Find out about the plants and the creatures that grow in the different layers and how they are adapted to live there. Create a classroom display of ‘Rainforest Layers’ and write miniature factual books. Construct group dioramas illustrating the different layers that make up a rainforest.

Session 1 What are the layers in a tropical rainforest?

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • Locate the world’s countries concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical characteristics.

Science

  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the different layers of the rainforest from videos and other images before creating your own diagrams.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop geographical vocabulary relating to rainforests and understand features of the rainforest.
  • To explore the features of the rainforest in relation to the different layers.

Children will:

  • Explore the layers of the rainforests.
  • Identify features of each layer of the rainforest.
  • Develop scientific understanding of plants living in certain parts of the rainforest.

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books on the rainforests
  • A4 paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Session 2 Which plants grow where?

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • Locate the world’s countries concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical characteristics.

Science

  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

Art

  • Develop art techniques, including use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your understanding of the four layers of the rainforest through painting and collage activities that result in a large classroom art display.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop geographical vocabulary relating to rainforests.
  • Understand features of the rainforest.
  • To explore the features of the rainforest in relation to the different layers.
  • To experiment with oil pastels and collage to create a large-scale display.

Children will:

  • Explore the layers of the rainforests.
  • Experiment with various art techniques to create an effect.

Provided Resources

  • Display photos and photos of layers
  • Collage technique resource
  • Pastels technique

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books on the rainforests
  • Art paper
  • Black sugar paper
  • Collage materials

Session 3 Who has a home there?

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • Locate the world’s countries concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical characteristics.

Science

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.

English

  • To choose relevant information to create a non-fiction non-chronological report.

Computing

  • Use search technologies for locating information relevant to suggested themes.

Teaching and Activities

Understand how the animals and creatures of the rainforest are adapted to live there and write miniature factual books.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop geographical vocabulary relating to rainforests.
  • Understand features of the rainforest.
  • To explore the features of the rainforest in relation to the animals that live there.
  • To write small non-fiction books on rainforest animals.
  • To use the Internet to search for information about rainforests animals.

Children will:

  • Appreciate that different animals live in different parts of the rainforest and the reasons for this
  • Research animals of the rainforest and understand that some are endangered
  • Create non-fiction books on the animals using the features of non-chronological writing

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books on the rainforests
  • Small whiteboards and pens
  • A3 paper for bookmaking
  • Computers or Tablets

Session 4 The forest in 3D

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate vegetation belts around the world.
  • Locate the world’s countries concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical characteristics.

DT

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Teaching and Activities

Create group dioramas of the four layers of the rainforest using the knowledge you have gained during this block.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop geographical vocabulary relating to rainforests
  • Understand features of the rainforest.
  • To design and create a rainforest diorama using their ideas gained from earlier sessions in this block.

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books on the rainforests