As part of our Geography topic on the Rainforest, Year 3 enjoyed a wonderful morning with Paul Carpenter, from Life in the Rainforest.
The rain forest classroom workshop took the children from the rain forest floor up into the canopy. Beginning with the cleaners, the eaters of rotting wood, leaves and fruit, we then looked at beetles and their amazing lifecycle, did you know it is same as the butterflies? This was then followed by the tarantula, snake and tree frog, predators of the under story. Then we moved into the canopy, where praying mantis and stick insects use their camouflage to hide amongst the leaves.
We saw how the mantis used camouflage to catch their food, and the stick insects used it to stop themselves becoming food. During the morning the children were allowed to touch some of the animals. Being able to feel the exoskeleton of an insect was particularly exciting and brought us closer to experiencing life in the rain forest. We all jumped when Paul used the blowpipe to pop a balloon on the wall behind us! None of us spotted the stick insect hiding in our rain forest above our heads! It was a fabulous morning among the weird and wonderful creatures of the rainforest.