Explore the life of tribal families who live in the rainforest and compare the way they live to your own family life. Celebrate the life of tribal people by sharing a feast of food and drink from the rainforest, and by teaching others what has been learnt about tribal designs and shelter building.

Session 1 The people of the rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including food.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the United Kingdom and a region of South America.

English

  • Use a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs and use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.

Teaching and Activities

Explore the life of tribal families who live in the rainforest and compare this to your own family life. Role-play rainforest family life and write a comparative ‘day in the life of’ diary page.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between their own culture and the culture of an Amazonian Tribe.
  • To write a comparative ‘day in the life of…’ diary.
  • Use the paragraphs to structure writing effectively.

Children will:

  • Develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of another culture.
  • Write a comparative diary between the life of a child from another culture and myself.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Homes of the rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand types of settlement within the rainforest.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the United Kingdom and a region within a rainforest.

DT

  • To use research and develop design criteria to functional products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
  • To apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

Teaching and Activities

Research the different type of rainforest homes and settlements; create shelters from natural materials to build a tribal village.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between their own homes and the homes within a tribal village.
  • To research and create different kinds of shelters.

Children will:

  • Develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between their own homes and those of others
  • Design a home or shelter from a given set of resources
  • Make a home or shelter based on their designs
  • Evaluate how they can and could improve their design

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Black and white versus colour - tribal art

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the UK and a region within a rainforest.

Art

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

Teaching and Activities

Describe tribal art and understand its significance; design and create your own tribal art works.

Teachers Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between our own culture and the Kayapo tribe.
  • To use the design of the Kayapo Tribe to create own works of art.

Children will:

  • Explore tribal art in relation to the Kayapo tribe.
  • Design their own Kayapo-style patterns.
  • Investigate different effects that can be created with colour and monochrome.

You Will Need

  • Art pencils ranging from 2H to 4B
  • Sketch paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Black fine tip felt pens

Session 4 3D art from the rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the United Kingdom and a region within a rainforest.

Art

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including sculpture with a range of materials.

Teaching and Activities

Understand the importance of masks, headdresses and face paint to tribal people; design and make your own masks and headdresses.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between our own culture and the Kayapo tribe.
  • To research masks and headdresses from other cultures and then create our own designs.

Children will:

  • Explore tribal art in relation to world tribes.
  • Design their own headdresses based on real ones.
  • Design their own masks based on real ones.
  • Understand the use of masks and headdresses in tribal rituals.

You Will Need

  • Brown and coloured card
  • Coloured pens
  • Feathers
  • Mask moulds
  • Selection of dried beans and pulses
  • Raffia

Session 5 Music and dance of the rainforest

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the UK and a region within a rainforest.

PE

  • To perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

Teaching and Activities

Listen and respond to music from the rainforest and South America; reflect on the importance of dance in tribal life and create your own group dance.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of others in relation to music and dance.
  • To become familiar with the main features of African dancing and learn a short dance phrase.

Children will:

  • Explore tribal dance from Africa
  • Plan their own dance sequences to African music
  • Perform their dances to an audience

You Will Need

  • Brazilian Playground CD
  • African Playground CD
  • Face paint

Session 6 Celebration of rainforest life

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human geography of a region of the UK and a region within a rainforest.

Design and Technology

  • Use design techniques, consider the aesthetic appearance of an object.

Art

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

PE

  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

Teaching and Activities

Celebrate the life of tribal people by sharing a feast of food and drink from the rainforest, performing a dance and teaching others what you have learned about tribal designs and shelter building.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of others in relation to tribes of the world’s rainforests.
  • To build a shelter from a set of resources.
  • To design and create artwork similar to tribal art.
  • To become familiar with the main features of African dancing and learn a short dance phrase.

Children will:

  • Create artwork with a tribal art theme
  • Build shelters from a given set of materials
  • Experience food that naturally grows in the rainforest
  • Perform their dances to an audience

You Will Need

  • CD Brazilian playground and African resource
  • Resources for activities 1, 2 and 3