Year 6 had a visit from Simon, an explorer from ‘The Explorer Academy’, as part of their ‘An Amazon Adventure’ topic. Simon had the children hooked throughout the day with photos and videos he had taken on his expeditions to rainforests around the world.
Immersed in a rainforest setting, they spent the morning investigating issues such as the location of the world’s rainforests; the tropical climate, the different layers of the rainforest and the wondrous diversity of plant life to be found there. Simon showed his drone footage of the four different layers of the rainforest looking at the diversity of the plants and animals.
Later in the day, the children had the opportunity to look at some of the clothing and equipment needed to conduct a modern-day rainforest expedition. Simon used a green screen to help the children become fully immersed in a rainforest expedition. They also examined some of the gruesome and grim dangers that await you if you venture into the jungle unprepared.
Simon shared photos and videos of the vast array of wildlife and explained how it has adapted to such a challenging environment. The children were then set the challenge of creating their own rainforest animal, incorporating all they had learnt about the rainforest. In the afternoon, Simon spent time discussing the indigenous rainforest tribes and how people rely on the rainforest. Finally, he ended the day looking at deforestation and the impact this is having on the rainforest.
The Explorer workshop was a fantastic opportunity to help bring the Amazon Rainforest topic to life.