Rainforest Critters

Posted at 2:46 pm on 22nd November, 2017

Over 170 primary school students from English Martyrs and Urmston Primary attended Flixton Girls (FGS) and participated in our Rainforest Roadshow. The event was delivered by Sue Shaw.


Sue and her family have visited and experienced rainforests in the  Amazon , Madagascar and Borneo where they spent time within local communities who are genuine rainforest experts -  giving them a wealth of experiences and an appreciation of forest life. They in turn share these experiences with audiences by visiting schools to bring tropical rainforests to the life.

Students learnt about life in the rainforest, tribal people and their survival and how their lives are very different compared to the students’ lives and how we live today. They experienced different flora and fauna found in and around these exotic environments, as well as the types of products they use every day which are derived from rainforest ingredients.

The audience gained awareness of life in the rainforest, as well as developing an understanding of the importance of the rainforest in providing us with an array of resources. Discussions also took place about the current and continuing threats to this precious environment.

This was a hands on roadshow and students had the opportunity to dress up in tribal clothing and also got up close and personal with a beetle grub and scorpion.

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Mr Bastin  - year 5 teacher from English Martyrs said ‘We will be studying South America over the next couple of weeks so this entertaining and informative event really helped to kick start the students learning. We really enjoyed sharing experiences at our local secondary school.’

Urmston Primary tweeted - ‘Some fascinating stories, facts and creepie-crawlies from the rainforest! Thanks to @FlixtonGS for hosting our Year 5's. And the spider didn't cause Miss Shipley to scream this year! That's progress and resilience !!’