The Year 3 classrooms were alive with beasties, bugs and other exotic animals from the rainforest, as they welcomed rainforest expert and explorer, Paul Carpenter for the day.

Dressed in their best jungle costumes, pupils from Year 3 spent the day with Paul learning about life in the rainforest. Using different animals the workshop took the children through thevarious levels of the rainforest, starting at the floor where all number of creatures live, including the ‘cleaners’ who are responsible for taking care of the rainforest floor by eating the rotting wood, leaves and fruit. Then they explored the creatures that live in the under story, such as the tree frog, before finishing their journey in the hidden world of the tree top canopy.

“What a day! Using various animals to demonstrate the different levels of the rainforest really helped give the children a clear picture of the how an ecosystem works. It also gave them a better understanding of lifecycles and the importance of keeping animal habitats in balance. Fantastic!” said Jo Sheldon, Year 3 Teacher.

Throughout the day the children also had the opportunity to look at some rainforest artefacts and enjoyed creating some rainforest themed artwork. The day was all part of Year 3’s geography syllabus, in which the rainforest is the main focus for the term ahead.