Amazing Adaptations

Amazing Adaptations focuses on how plants and animals have adapted to suit living in a rainforest environment. The tour discusses the different layers of the rainforest including microhabitats and how adaptation can lead to evolution over time. It covers areas including: the ability of rainforest leaves to get rid of excess water; plant adaptations to maximise light and nutrient uptake; and the way various animals are suited to life in the rainforest.

Key words: adaptations, layers, drip tips, epiphytes, climbers, aerial roots, camouflage, habitat, microhabitat

This tour is suitable for KS 1, 2 and 3 and will support the following National Curricula and IPC Curricula topics:

National Curriculum links:

Key stage 1 

Science

Year 1 – Animals including humans

Year 2 – Living things and their habitats, Plants, Animals including humans

Geography

Place knowledge

Key stage 2

Science

Year 3 – Plants

Year 4 – Living things and their habitats

Year 6 – Evolution and inheritance

Geography

Place knowledge, Human and physical geography, Geographical skills

Key stage 3

Science

Interactions and dependencies – Relationships in an ecosystem, Genetics and Evolution – Inheritance chromosomes DNA and genes

Geography

Place Knowledge

International Primary Curriculum

Milepost 1 – Flowers and Insects, I’m Alive, Live and let live, Our World, The Earth our home

Milepost 2 – Saving the world, Do you live around here?, Land, sea and sky, Nature of life

Milepost 3 – Extreme survivors, Existing endangered extinct, What a wonderful world, Out of Africa

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