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Virtual Workshop: Rainforest Signals and Senses

Assisted by augmented reality, experience the rainforest through the ‘super senses’ of a bat, a bee and a mosquito.

In this Virtual Workshop, pupils discover the invisible signals, senses and relationships between plants and animals in the rainforest before deciding what they think humans can learn from them.


This workshop is delivered online by a member of our Education Team just for your class. We’ll lead the session - delivering live activities, challenges and conversations with your class- all supported by our digital platform. We will also provide all the resources and materials you need to support your learners in class.

Workshop Overview

This workshop harnesses the power of augmented reality, enabling your students to experience the Tropical Rainforest like never before.

The children begin the session by considering where in the world we find Tropical Rainforests (and learning what conditions are like there) and become familiar with some of the rainforest’s inhabitants by playing a classification game.

We introduce the idea of interdependence by diving into the symbiotic relationships between 3 of the characters from the rainforest (the bat, bee and mosquito) and their respective plant partners. Using the power of augmented reality, the children experience the incredible adaptations or ‘super senses’ that these creatures possess – ultrasonic hearing, UV vision and infrared detection.  They discover how both the animals and the plants are benefitting from the relationships they have formed; nectar in return for pollination.

We conclude by considering what humans can learn from the way that nature works in the rainforest. We are not separate from the natural world around us - we to, are a part of it and depend on it for our survival.

How does this workshop support the curriculum?

This workshop enables students to:

  • Locate some of the world’s Tropical Rainforests, describing what conditions are like there and why they are ideal for plant growth
  • Define what is meant by the term biodiversity and classify some examples of Tropical Rainforest biodiversity
  • Give examples of unusual adaptations that help animals to survive in the Tropical Rainforest
  • Describe examples of interdependence between animals and plants in the Tropical Rainforest
  • Explain why humans are also dependent on rainforests and ecosystems, giving examples

We've designed the workshop to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

Yr3 Science - identify and describe the function of different parts of flowering plants, describe the requirements of plants for life, pollination.

Yr4 Science - classification of living things, recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things, food chains, identify how sounds are made and travel.

Yr5 Science - life cycles of mammals and insects, reproduction in plants.

Yr6 Science - identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways, interdependence.

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Photo credit

Top image credit: Nick Baker