Learn how to save the rainforests! Investigate the link between deforestation and climate change. Create a climate change information video to raise awareness. Begin to take action and make insect homes, bird feeders and plant your own mini forests and gardens. Promote awareness of this important issue.

Session 1 The damage has been done!

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.
  • Explore the effect humans can have on their environment.

Science

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Computing

  • Use search technologies to locate information.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the link between deforestation and climate change. Create Part 1 of a climate change information video to raise awareness.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the destruction of the rainforest and its effect on animal species of the rainforest and investigate how places can change over time.
  • To understand the impact of climate change and global warming on the environment, both short term and long term.
  • To use digital media to make a short film.

Children will:

  • Understand the effects of climate change and global warming.
  • Develop their understanding through various tasks.
  • Gain enough knowledge to be able to teach others of their findings.

You Will Need

  • Large sheets of sugar paper
  • Marker pens
  • Whiteboards and pens
  • Tablets or small video cameras

Session 2 Moving forward - we can do our bit!

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.
  • Explore the effect humans can have on their environment.

Science

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Computing

  • Use search technologies to locate information.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.

Teaching and Activities

Further investigate how to combat climate change and create the second part of your climate change video.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate how places can change over time in relation to climate change.
  • To visit a local supermarket to look at how they are helping reduce their carbon footprint.
  • To understand the impact of climate change and global warming on the environment and how the problem can be reduced.
  • To use digital media to make a short film.

Children will:

  • Understand the effects of climate change and global warming.
  • Develop their understanding of reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Appreciate that they can have an impact on reducing this problem.
  • Gain enough knowledge to be able to teach others of their findings.

You Will Need

  • Tablets or video camera
  • Card for poster making
  • Felt pens.

Session 3 Taking action!

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
  • Explore the effect humans can have on their environment.

Science

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Design and Technology

  • Develop design criteria to functional products that are fit for purpose.

Teaching and Activities

Make insect animal homes, bird feeders and plant your own mini forests and gardens.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the destruction of the rainforest and its effect on animal species of the rainforest and investigate how places can change over time in relation to climate change.
  • To understand the impact of climate change and global warming on the environment and how they can help reduce the problem.
  • To make animal homes for insects and feeders for birds.

Children will:

  • Appreciate that they can have an impact on reducing this problem.
  • Build up an awareness throughout their school environment.
  • Create ways to make their school more environmentally friendly.

You Will Need

  • Plants – bulbs, saplings, herbs, vegetable seeds and wildflower seeds
  • Compost
  • Small flower pots or seed trays
  • Garden spades or forks
  • Bird Feeders
  • Wire or string
  • Waterproof glue and glue gun
  • Insect homes
  • Clippers
  • Bamboo canes
  • Modelling clay
  • Raffia or string
  • Small terracotta or plastic pot

Session 4 Awareness presentation and fair trade cafe!

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.
  • Explore the effect humans can have on their environment.

Science

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

English

  • Plan and give a presentation.
  • Speak clearly to an audience.

Teaching and Activities

Plan an awareness assemble to bring together all you have learned about the deforestation of the rainforests, climate change and Fair Trade. Finish with a café selling Fair Trade refreshments to raise money for a charity linked to the rainforest.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the destruction of the rainforest and its effect on animal species of the rainforest and investigate how places can change over time in relation to climate change.
  • To understand how to help prevent climate change.
  • To speak clearly to an audience in the assembly.

Children will:

  • Appreciate that they can have an impact on reducing this problem
  • Build up an awareness throughout their school environment
  • Communicate their message effectively

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.