Geography KS2 & KS3: Expedition to Guyana - spending a night in the rainforest

In the late sixteenth century, Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to Guyana and then attempted to find El Dorado.

Raleigh would have lived in very basic conditions as he explored vast open plains and dense rainforests.

Four hundred years later, eight British children have come to Guyana to follow in Raleigh's footsteps - the Serious Explorers.

Even today, much of Guyana is almost uninhabited and has changed little since Raleigh was here.

The young explorers are well away from twenty-first century modern comforts.

They must learn how to make shelters and beds and how to find food to sustain themselves so that they can survive in the rainforest for thirty-six hours without adult support.

This clip is from the series Seriously Raleigh.

Teacher Notes

Children should identify where there are rainforests and see if they can identify any similarities and differences in the weather of these places.

Does the weather have an impact on rainforests?

They could look into how humans cutting down trees affect people in other areas.

What kinds of animals and insects are in the rainforests?

How does this compare with other areas?

What do you need to survive in the rainforest?

How does this compare with their home environment?

Children could colour code maps to show where the rain forests are and repeat this to show the precipitation and see if there is a link with the rainforests.

They could study the adaptations of the animals and insects that live there to show how they survive.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Geography at KS2 and KS3 Level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Seriously Raleigh:

Expedition safety
Expedition to Guyana - endangered animals in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - exploring Mount Roraima
Expedition to Guyana - life in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - Mount Roraima (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - navigating an ocean journey
Expedition to Guyana - planning an expedition
Expedition to Guyana - recreating Sir Walter Raleigh's search for El Dorado
Expedition to Guyana - rivers and waterfalls (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - the Makushi tribespeople
Expedition to Guyana - transportation for local tribespeople