Introduction to South America - Rio De Janeiro

Home learning focus

Learn about the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, including the major sights, some traditions and the Rio carnival.

This lesson includes:

  • One video introducing the city
  • One video about the Rio Carnival
  • Two activities to build your knowledge


Rio de Janeiro is a city in Brazil, the largest country in South America.

The country of Brazil is nearly as big as the continent of Europe.

The River Amazon flows through Brazil and is the largest river in the world.

The river and the jungle around the city are home to animals such as jaguars, sloths and piranhas.

Freya's Uncle Bob is in Rio de Janeiro. Watch this short film to find out more about this fascinating city.

A view of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio

Lots of people love to visit Rio de Janeiro on their holidays.

Tourists can surf at Copacabana Beach, play football in the sun, walk up Sugarloaf Mountain and join in the Rio Carnival.

Watch this Go Jetters Funky Facts clip to find out more about the Rio Carnival.

World Words

  • Beach - an area of shells, pebbles or sand found near water.

  • Mountain - an area of land that is higher than 600 metres and usually has a peak.

  • Tourists - people who are travelling away from the place where they live for a holiday.


Activity 1

Do you remember what Freya and Rodge saw in Rio De Janeiro

Drag the images onto the picture in this activity.

Activity 2

Design your own costume for the Rio de Janeiro carnival. Get some paper and some colourful pencils, pens or crayons and draw your costume.

Look at the picture below for inspiration.

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.

More lessons for Year 1 and P2
KS1 Geography on BBC Bitesize
KS1 Geography on BBC Teach
Bitesize Daily lessons
Home learning resources
Go Jetters - Rio de Janeiro
Primary games