Reception

 
 
A Wonderful Story
Here is a link to a wonderful story to start your journey into jungles and rainforests. It is a wonderful tale called 'Rainforest Explorers' by Marnie Willow. The story follows two young explorers as they journey into the depths of the rainforest in search of orangutans. 
 
 
Some Fascinating Videos
Below are the links to a few factual videos about jungles and rainforests

 1. Explore the rainforest – ecology for kids 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdD6TTDZ_g

2. This is a slightly longer video. This is a link to an episode from an amazing series called Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough. It is a wonderful and immersive way to see the variety of life foun in rainforests and jungles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um2Q9aUecy0 

Maths
  • Can you make a paper chain pythons. All you need are strips of paper and some glue.
  1. Take the first strip of paper and put a little glue on the end, joining it together to make a hoop.
  2. Take the next strip and feed it through the middle of your hoop, joining it together with glue.
  3. Repeat until you have a long python!
  4. Don't forget to give your python 2 eyes and a tongue
Maybe you could number each chain, have you made more than 20? Maybe your odd and even numbers could be a different colour? Or if you feel like a challenge you could mark each chain in 2s or 5s? Have fun! 
 
  • How well do you know your number bonds? Test your knowledge and skill in this interactive game found on Twinkl. You have to get as many number bonds to 10 as you can before the time runs out. Good luck! 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/T-GO-01-number-bonds-1-to-10

 
Writing
  • Why don’t you create an animal profile for one or more of your favourite jungle or rainforest animals? The following link will take you to a video detailing some animals that can be found in the jungle and rainforest. 

Meet the animals of the Amazon rainforest - Lonely Planet Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGb35d-F1kw

After you have chosen which animal you would like to learn more about you could start by researching what the animal has, eats and can do, similar to the following examples. 

https://content.twinkl.co.uk/resource/b9/21/T-T-13183-Rainforest-Animals-Have-Eat-Can-Writing-Frames_ver_3.pdf?__token__=exp=1591027978~acl=%2Fresource%2Fb9%2F21%2FT-T-13183-Rainforest-Animals-Have-Eat-Can-Writing-Frames_ver_3.pdf%2A~hmac=726f213d032f460c71fd4ccc9884eef683ff741e9d71d9e41e1972c10ed3fab2

 Why not also research which rainforest the animal lives in? Which country or countries is the rainforest located in? Which layer of the rainforest does the animal live in? 

  • It is a sad fact that many animals found in jungles and rainforests are endangered. However, there are ways in which we can help. Why don’t you create a poster to help educate others on an endangered species found in the jungle or rainforest?

The following video is a short song describing some of the endangered animals found in jungles and rainforests around the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vn_BMapo7g

 When working on your poster think about why they are going endangered? What can we do to help? Why are they important to the ecosystem? 

Art and Design
  • Can you make a rain stick? 

    All you need to make this instrument are:

- A cardboard tube (like the middle of a kitchen roll or a pringles tube)

- Dried rice, lentils or pasta (for the filling)

- Sellotape or duct tape

- Whatever you would like to decorate your rain stick 

  1.  Seal one end of your cardboard tube with sellotape of duct tape, you don’t want the inside spilling out!
  2.  Fill your tube about a ¼ of the way full with your chosen filling. (You could try putting in a thin crinkled piece of tinfoil to help with the sound). 
  3. Seal the top of your tube with more sellotape or duct tape
  4. Decorate your rain stick and enjoy turning it over to hear the sound of rain! 
  • Why not explore the different levels of the rainforest? The following video briefly explains the 4 different levels of the rainforest. The emergent layer, the canopy, the understory and the forest floor. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy2UENSgZ6A

    Maybe you could create a collage showing the different levels and what live there? 

  • Or perhaps if you’re feeling super creative you could create a 3D model of the rainforest like the following. Have fun! 
Cosmic Kids Yoga
The following link will take you to a short yoga session by Cosmic Kids inspired by the rainforest. Have fun! 

Art for Kids 

Below are the links to a few videos showing you how to draw some exciting animals found in this habitat.

- A sloth 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xi3GaS7Zaw&list=PL8KQFIqVI8toHfNLNnW3HvV5mz1QRUGqO&index=1

- A monkey 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLtvcUEo2UE&list=PL8KQFIqVI8toHfNLNnW3HvV5mz1QRUGqO&index=2

- A red eyed tree frog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vm9N1c_eIg&list=PL8KQFIqVI8toHfNLNnW3HvV5mz1QRUGqO&index=4 

- A rattlesnake 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f2ZldW1sOI&list=PL8KQFIqVI8toHfNLNnW3HvV5mz1QRUGqO&index=5

- A parrot 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiI2sWm-AlU&list=PL8KQFIqVI8toHfNLNnW3HvV5mz1QRUGqO&index=8

Science

Do leaves breathe? 

A fun experiment! Whilst you are outside pull a leaf from a tree. Fill up a clear cup with water and place the leaf into the cup, pushing it under the water. Place the cup in a sunny window and wait for at least an hour before checking. What can you see? Is there any evidence that the leaf is breathing? (There should be some bubbles of forming on the leaf). 

Some Fantastic Stories
From polar bears to penguins, there are some lovely stories to featuring animals that live in the Polar regions. They can all be accessed using the following links.
 
A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvIliH10wTg
Penguin Problems by Jory John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAH6Yf7bu58
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRAAQ8EWzig
The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQHaPPNr6zc
 
Visit the Polar Regions
A good starting point to finding out more about some of the animals that live in the polar regions is to see them up close (albeit virtually!) Lucky for us there are many Zoos which have created opportunities for us to visit their animals online.  Check out the website for Chester Zoo which has its own YouTube channel where you can even watch feeding time with the Penguins! 
 
https://www.youtube.com/chesterzoo - Chester Zoo YouTube Channel
 
The San Diego Zoo also has a fantastic website just for kids which features live webcam videos featuring all of their animals. A virtual way of getting up close to a range of different animals; they even have Polar Bears which are so interesting to watch!
 
 
 
Maths
  • Can you make your own polar bear footprints and use them to do some measuring? How many footprints long is your bed? You could even do some estimating! Could you estimate how many footprints long your kitchen is? Were you right? Here is a handy template to get you started. 
  • Maybe you could practise making some addition number sentences? Here is a fun 'I Spy' activity where you can try and spot the different polar animals and then create your own addition number sentences using the frame to help you. 
  • You could do some active Maths too. Why don't you create your own number line and do the penguin waddle! Can you pretend to be a penguin and waddle down the line saying the numbers? Can you waddle backwards down the line? Can you waddle down the numbers in twos? Happy penguin waddling!
Phonics
A really fun reading game to play is 'Feed the Penguin'. You can create your own penguin using an old box - which is a lovely craft to do together. Then make you could make some little fish with some Phase 4 words on. Read the word and then feed the fish to the penguin. Here are some templates you could use if you like. 
Writing
There are lots of exciting writing opportunities when investigating the polar habitat and you could do some writing linked to our stories too! 
 
  • You could pretend to be Miki from the story 'A Dot in the Snow' and write a postcard to the 'little red dot' telling her all about what you have been doing.
  • You could pretend to be the penguin from 'Lost and Found' and write a list of the things you would take on your journey to the South Pole.
  • There are also some lovely writing templates about the things that you might see in the Arctic which are linked below. 
  • Maybe you could pick one of your favourite polar animals and label them too. 
Art and Design
  •  Can you make a winter den for an Arctic animal?
All you need are some marshmallows (if you can resist them for long enough!) and some toothpicks. What different shapes can you make? 
  • Maybe you could recreate your favourite polar animal using recycled materials like newspaper, cotton wool, shredding or toilet roll tubes. 
Let's Get Active
Staying active is so important so here are some lovely polar themed ways of keeping fit and having fun all at the same time!  
 
Cosmic Yoga - Pedro the Penguin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZvMHlw9vs
 
Science
The polar habitat is full of fun science to investigate. Have a think about some of the questions below and try the matching experiments; guaranteed to fill you with excitement!
 
  • How do polar animals stay warm in icy water? Check out the link below to the Blubber Gloves experiment to investigate how animals that live in the polar regions keep warm. This is such a fun experiment, albeit a little messy!
  • Is ice sticky? - all you need is ice, string and salt. 
  • Can you make ice grow? 
  • There is also a recipe here for Arctic Foam Cloud Dough - just for fun!