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Year 2 Visit the Rainforest

01 June 2015

Last Friday, Year 2 visited the Shanghai Botanical Gardens as part of their Themed Learning topic: the Rainforest. Year 2 Teacher Caitriona McErlain, tells us about the trip and how they are using it as inspiration for more work on the topic.

  • Year 2 children from the British International School Shanghai visit china’s biggest Botanical Garden
  • Year 2 children from the British International School Shanghai visit china’s biggest Botanical Garden
  • Year 2 children from the British International School Shanghai visit china’s biggest Botanical Garden
  • Year 2 children from the British International School Shanghai visit china’s biggest Botanical Garden
  • Year 2 children from the British International School Shanghai visit china’s biggest Botanical Garden

The objective of our trip was linked to our study of the rainforest. Our focus was the Tropical House where we looked at many rare, exotic and endangered plants. We discussed the climate of tropical regions and conditions for growth within the different layers of the rainforest. There were so many incredible flowers of impressive beauty and fragrance. We also had a chance to explore plants from other climates, most notably sand and desert plants like cactuses of all shapes and sizes.

The entire area teemed with life. The rolling landscape and the sunny afternoon made for a perfect picnic lunch, as we watched bees, birds and butterflies flutter by. Some children decided to engage in some post-lunch hill rolling, before we moved onto the Medicinal Gardens.

Backed by a colossal karst feature, the children examined plants that are actually harvested for medicines and were quite impressed to learn that all medicines originate in plants, most of which are still found in the rainforest.

The entire area is incredibly scenic and there were many photo opportunities. After a long day of walking in the largest botanical garden in China, the children of Year 2 were exhausted but impressed:

“Walking around outside smelled so fresh, but then when we went into the Tropical House it smelt like perfume.” – Ellie, 2U

“It felt like we were walking around a real rainforest.” – Melanie, 2U

Back in the classroom and we are continuing the topic of the Rainforest. In art, we looked at colour tones, looking at all the different shades of green and next week we are going to look at deforestation and its impact and will be starting to write letters with this in mind.

- Caitriona McErlain, Year 2 Class Teacher