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.

Session 1 The rain of the forest

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.

Music

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To become familiar with climate and rainfall facts of temperate and tropical rainforests
  • To imagine life in a rainforest by listening to, and discussing, the sounds of the forest and sounds of rainfall.
  • To make rain-sticks using cardboard tubes and beads.
  • To discuss the sounds they might hear in the rainforest and explore the recreation of those sounds.

Children will:

  • Become familiar with rainfall facts of rainforests and Imagine life in a rainforest
  • Explore the recreation of rain sounds using their hands (clapping, clicking, banging thighs)
  • Make rain-sticks using cardboard tubes and beads

You Will Need

  • Cardboard tubes for each child
  • A long cardboard tube
  • Tin foil
  • Rice

Session 2 The calls of the forest

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.

Music

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To build up knowledge of the sounds of the rainforest and imagine life there.
  • To make panpipes and xylophones out of found objects.
  • To discuss and recreate the sounds they might hear in the rainforest.

Children will:

  • Become familiar with the calls of the forest and imagine life there.
  • Make panpipes and xylophones out of found objects and recreate authentic Amazonian sounds.
  • Explore how to create an instrument with varying pitch.

You Will Need

  • Drinking straws
  • Small piece of stiff card
  • Lego base
  • Spanners of different sizes
  • Egg boxes
  • Jars and water
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Polystyrene strips
  • Blu-tak

Session 3 'A day of rain' - practice and performance

Objectives

Geography

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

Music

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teachinmg Outcomes:

  • To become familiar with an average day in a tropical rainforest.
  • To practise creating rainfall and storm using hands and body parts and perform ‘A Day of Rain’ to an audience.

Children will:

  • Be familiar with an average day in a tropical rainforest.
  • Practise creating rainfall and storm using hands and body parts, in a whole class orchestra, and creatures of the forest using homemade instruments and voices.
  • Perform ‘A Day of Rain’ to an audience.

You Will Need

  • Instruments made in previous sessions
  • Large sheets of thick card
  • Marker pens