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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life


Spring Term 2020

This term, the children will be learning about the Rainforest.

Our topic will cover the whole of the Spring Term and we are going to focus primarily on changes, sustainability and resourcefulness. We are going to learn where in the world rainforests are located and learn about their geographical features such as climate and structure. We will explore enquiry questions such as; 'How could you survive in the rainforest?', 'What threats does the rainforest face?' and 'Tribal life: the past or the future?'. We will focus our learning particularly on threats faced by The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador - somewhere I personally hold very close to my heart after an expedition to the area before training to become a teacher. 

A cross-curricular approach will lie at the heart of our learning.


We will be learning about human impact in our local area and beyond.


We will be developing our drawing skills in art to learn to draw rainforest animals in detail. 


We will be making links to literature such as 'The Great Kapok Tree' and 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea'. 


We will be learning dance routines based around the rainforest themed music. 


We will be revising and extending our knowledge and understanding of coding. We will create rainforest themed games using Hopscotch. 


To enhance the children's learning, the children will visit Colchester Zoo and will experience a Rainforest Talk by members of staff at the zoo during the children's visit. 

We always welcome parents to share in their children's learning. On 12th February 2020, we will open our classroom doors at 2:45pm for parents to come in and see the Rainforest projects the children have been working on as part of their homework. Towards the end of the term, we plan to hold a rainforest cafe in the classroom for parents to join us in our rainforest themed feast created by the children themselves and we also plan to make and sell sustainable goods in order to raise money for a wildlife charity. 

We really hope that the children enjoy learning about the Rainforest.