Topic Based Learning – Rainforests

Topic Based Learning – Rainforests

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The Rainforest topic was chosen and studied by our 7 to 11 year old group during the Autumn term 2019. Below you will find an overview of what we covered:

Topic – Rainforests KS2

  • What and where are rainforests? Locating on a map, features of the rainforests, layers of the rainforests
  • Trees and plants – identifying trees and plants found in the rainforest
  • Culture and people – tribes of the rainforests. (The Tembe Tribe)
  • Deforestation – Where and why deforestation occurs and the palm oil industry
  • Fairtrade – what is Fairtrade? Why is it important? Trip to buy Fairtrade ingredients
  • Rainforest animals and creatures – rainforest as a habitat, endangered animals
  • Animal adaptation – how animals and creatures adapt to survive in the rainforests
  • Plant adaptation – how plants and trees adapt to survive in the rainforests
  • Compare and contrast with Nutclough Woods – similar and different features
  • Rainforests in the news – researching the current issues
Creative Arts
  • Tribal symbols and body markings
  • Layers of the rainforest constructions
  • Choreographing a rainforest dance
  • Listening to sounds of the rainforest
  • Constructing human and animal habitats in the woods
  • Making a rainstick
  • Creating a layers of the rainforest display
  • Leaf printing with paint
  • Making rafia and leaf skirts and headdresses
  • Tribal face and body paint
  • Drawing and painting a tropical flower and leaf display
  • Making and designing a chocolate box from a net
  • Designing and making rainforest imaginary creature puppets and performing a puppet show
  • Using watercolours to paint a rainforest animal
  • Identifying trees from leaves using a leaf iDial
  • Making a terrarium
  • Charcoal and watercolour leaf pictures
  • Making and using natural paint brushes and paint from resources found in the woods
  • Making tribal masks and headdresses
  • Creating tribal ‘bone’ jewellery from salt dough
  • Building a small creature habitat that can withstand rain and wind
  • Building a small fire and maintaining it (in the rain) long enough to toast marshmallows
  • Making a windchime from sticks
  • Making Fairtrade chocolate and peanut butter treats (to go in boxes made on Monday)
  • Camouflage hide and seek
  • Features of Nutclough Woods clue hunt
  • Making festive decorations
  • Greetings
  • Introductions
  • Numbers
  • Nature Vocabulary
  • My house and bedroom
  • Basic verbs of movement
  • Imperatives
  • Spanish Christmas

Number –

  • Column addition and subtraction
  • Addition and subtraction word problems
  • Times tables
  • Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids (rainforest mud slime)
  • Layers of the rainforest – climate
  • Habitats
  • The Water Cycle – rain clouds in a jar
  • Properties of materials – rainforest weapons and huts
  • Tribal markings – making pastes
  • Properties of soil
  • Chocolate production – reversibility/irreversibility
  • Deforestation and eco-systems – comparative study – Amazon Rainforest vs Nutclough Woods

Literacy Overview:

Writing – SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
  • Spelling practice
  • Understanding and using punctuation
  • Understanding and using there/their/they’re
Non-fiction report writing
  • Informative writing based on the rainforests including an information report and planning a newspaper report
  • Writing a Limerick
  • Writing a Haiku
Creative Writing
  • Free writing in chosen genre and topic
  • Excerpts taken from ‘Children of the Rainforest’
  • Information texts – comprehensions: Tribes of the Rainforest, Deforestation, The Production of Chocolate
  • Learning to infer and evaluate from text
  • Highlighting key words and phrases
  • Observing the linguistic features and the structural choices of the writer/text
Drama & Oral Language
  • Dramatising science lessons e.g. Newtonian and non-Newtonian substances embodied, creating the layers of the rainforest in levels using their bodies