Geography KS3 / GCSE: The wildlife and ecosystem of rainforests

Focusing on the Indian rainforest and its layers, plants and animals.

In the first half Ferne Corrigan explains the main features of the four main layers of the rainforest giving facts and figures as well as examples of plants and animals found in each layer of the rainforest.

The second half has a focus on the Teak tree, discussing how it has adapted to flourish in this tropical biome, followed by the Indian Elephant and human geography.

We focus on the Indian Elephant’s adaptations that have enabled it to survive in this hot and humid environment, and then on the resources such as food and materials that humans take from the tropical rainforest whilst addressing the impact of deforestation on the future of the biome.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used as an introduction to rainforests.

Students could investigate the different layers and try to place the correct plants, insects and animals in the specific layers of the rainforest they belong.

Students could study the evolution of the Indian elephant and list the adaptations it has made to survive in a hot and humid environment.

Key Stage 4

This could be used as to refresh a students knowledge of rainforests before exams.

Students could investigate the different layers and try to place the correct plants, insects and animals in the specific layers of the rainforest they belong.

Students could study the evolution of the Indian elephant and list the adaptations it has made to survive in a hot and humid environment.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.