Tropical Rainforests: Single Lesson for Year 1/2


The National Curriculum states that children should be taught to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles. Children should be taught to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

In this lesson children learn about the equatorial climate of the world’s tropical rainforests and their location across the world. Children label the location of the world’s tropical rainforests on a map of the world and also consolidate their previous learning about the continents of the world. Children complete a tropical rainforests quiz which consolidates their learning about the climate and location of the tropical rainforests. Children visualise and draw what they imagine a tropical rainforest looks like. Children conduct research into a tropical rainforest animal of their own choice.


What is included?

  • Complete lesson plan.
  • PowerPoint for the lesson.
  • World map with rainforest locations labelled.
  • World map: tropical rainforest location questions activity.
  • Tropical rainforests quiz!
  • What do you think a tropical rainforest looks like? Activity sheet.
  • Photograph of a tropical rainforest.
  • Link to YouTube video describing the layers of a tropical rainforest.
  • Links to YouTube videos about tropical rainforest animals.
  • Tropical rainforest animals activity sheet for the class and extension activity sheet for higher-achieving children.

Files included:

Tropical Rainforests: Single Lesson for Year 1/2 Lesson Plan in a  PDF file.

Tropical Rainforests: Single Lesson for Year 1/2 Lesson PowerPoint.


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