Rainforests

Rainforests

Session overview

Live animals used:

 

Cockroach/stick insect and snake

(Subject to availability*)

 

 

 

 

KS1

 

Learning objective:

To know about rainforests and one way to care for them.

 

Topics this workshop links in with: 

Rainforests, habitats, animals, Africa, adaptations

Curriculum Links:

Sc2.2a

To recognise and compare the main

external parts of the bodies of humans

and other animals

 

Sc2.5c

Care for the environment

 

Geog1.1c

express their own views about people,

places and environments

 

Geog3a

To identify and describe what places are

like

Geog1.3c

recognise how places have become the

way they are and how they are changing

 

Geog5b

To recognise how the environment may

be improved and sustained 

Free downloadable resources:

KS1 Rainforest Activity Pack

KS1 Rainforests Worksheet

 

 

KS2

 

Learning objective:

To know why rainforests are important and how we can help save them.

 

Topics this workshop links in with:

Rainforests, habitats, adaptation, conservation, sustainability

Curriculum Links:

Sc2.5a

About ways in which living things and the

environment need protection

 

Sc2.5b

About the different plants and animals

found in different habitats   

 

Sc2.5c

How animals and plants in two different

habitats are suited to their environment

 

Geog3a

To identify and describe what places are

like

 

Geog 2.3e

to identify how and why places change,

and how they may change in the future

 

Geog 2.3g

to recognise how places fit within a wider

geographical context, and are

interdependent

Geog2.5a

recognise how people can improve the

environment or damage it, and how

decisions about places and environments

affect the future quality of people’s lives

 

Geog5b

To recognise how and why people may

seek to manage environments

sustainably, and to identify opportunities

for their own involvement

Free downloadable resource:

KS2 Rainforest Activity Pack

KS2 Rainforests Worksheet

 

During these sessions we discover what the conditions in a tropical rainforest are like. We also look at some animals that live there and their adaptations. The reasons why rainforests are being destroyed are mentioned or discussed according to the children's age.

Please follow the links below for specific Key Stage details:

KS1, KS2

Key Stage 1

Session content:

In this session, we explore what conditions are like in a tropical rainforest and discuss some of the animals that live there and their adaptations.

We start off by asking the children what it would feel like inside a rainforest, and recreate the conditions by dimming the lights, playing rainforest sounds, and (lightly) spraying them with water!

Next we focus on animals that live in the rainforest, drawing attention to the adaptations they have to help them survive in this habitat. During this part of the session the children will meet two live animals.

Finally, we briefly touch upon deforestation issues and ask the children if they think we should try and help save the rainforests. We then reveal that they may already be helping - by recycling their rubbish! To reinforce this idea we finish the session with a quick recycling activity.

 

Pre-visit activity ideas:

  • Talk about what it is like in a rainforest. Ask children what they would need to take if they were going there for a visit (could make a suitcase and have them sort items).

  • Make a spotter card of rainforest animals (using pictures of animals you are planning to see) for the children to use as they go round the park (they can tick off when they see each animal).

 

Post-visit activity ideas:

  • Using waste materials (e.g. sweet wrappers, packaging, bubble wrap etc) make a large collage of a tropical rainforest.

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 2

Session content:

In this session, we explore what the conditions are like in a tropical rainforest and discuss some of the animals that live there and their adaptations.

We start off by identifying some rainforest animal artefacts.  We then ask the children what it would feel like inside a rainforest, and recreate the conditions by dimming the lights, playing rainforest sounds, and (lightly) spraying them with water!

We also go through the different layers of a rainforest and work out which layer some animals live in.  We then discuss why rainforests are so important.  We focus on the abundant biodiversity and useful products that are from rainforests.  The children work in groups to match rainforest plants to the product they make.* 

Finally, we discuss deforestation and some of the reasons behind it. We talk about how we can make a difference by choosing what we do and don’t buy.  We use a live animal to illustrate the pet trade and there is also an activity where they can look out for logos on products (FSC and the Rainforest Alliance).

 

Pre-visit activity ideas:

  • Using a map of Marwell, highlight the animals which come from a rainforest and plan a route for the day of your visit which includes these animals. Don’t forget to include your visit to the Education Centre when planning your route!

 

Post-visit activity ideas:

  • Design posters to inform others about what they can do to help the rainforests and the animals which live there.

  • Draw a silhouette of favourite rainforest animals seen at Marwell (e.g. tamarin, poison dart frog, gibbon, snake) and write a poem about it onto the silhouette.

  • Read a story to the class about the destruction of the rainforest. For example “What the Parrot Told Alice” by Dale Smith and John Bardwell.

  • Ask someone who has visited a rainforest (e.g. a parent/ teacher) to speak to the class about their experiences.

 

 

*Allergy information: please be aware that this activity contains a real coconut. If you would prefer us not to use the coconut for your class, please advise us of this at the start of the session.

 

 

Live animal use may vary according to our animals' health and availability. Our animals' welfare is our highest priority and we reserve the right to refrain from showing any animal we deem unsuitable. However, in this event we will always attempt to replace the animals with a suitable alternative individual or species.

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