Rainforest Roadshow

Rainforest Roadshow

On Tuesday, Year 8 pupils at Cheltenham College Junior School were lucky enough to experience the Amazonian rainforest from the comfort of their classroom!   

In a bid to get pupils thinking about their habitat, their environment and sustainable living, Geography teachers brought in a Rainforest Roadshow, run by presenter and naturalist Dave Shaw. Dave, who has lived in rainforests around the world with indigenous tribes and who brought with him a fantastic selection of creepy crawlies, spent the morning running a series of activities for the pupils, including face painting, touching tarantulas and scorpions, designing animal adaptations, foraging for food in a rainforest, cooking and eating jungle food and much more.   

 We asked the pupils for their best moments of the day:   

‘… holding the stick insect as it was surprisingly big and heavy. I felt as if I was in the rainforest'.  Jordan Pemberton   

‘… touching the scorpion because it was a once in a life-time opportunity and it was a thrill'. Arthur Townend   

‘… tasting the Durian fruit. It smelt revolting as well as tasting like a mixture of pineapple and garlic. I never want to try it again'. Patrick Christopher   

‘… when he popped the balloon in the tree using the blowpipe'. Ollie Message   

‘… when he brought out the tarantula everybody screamed'. Edward August    

‘… having our faces painted with tribe symbols'. Henry Johnson    

‘… definitely touching the scorpion. It felt like plastic, but was quite scary because it's pincers were moving around and clacking together.' Libby Barnes   

Richard Penny, Head of Geography at Cheltenham College and organiser of the day said: "This was a fantastic hands-on learning experience. By bringing actual elements of the rainforest into the classroom we were able to show children the importance of sustainable living and let their imaginations take hold. The ensuing debates over whether the environmental damage caused by the Brazilians' exploitation of their natural resources in the rainforest is a price worth paying for economic development were extremely impressive!"   


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