Year 3 presents: Rainforests and "The Great Kapok Tree"


The first half-term topic for year 3 has focused on the Rainforest and the relevance of studying this important eco-system.

Year 3 had the opportunity to showcase everything they have learnt about this topic in their recent lower-school assembly in front of their parents and peers.

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​First, the students shared important scientific, meteorological and geographical facts about Rainforests. They considered relevant questions such as: "What natural processes take place that cause high rainfall?"; "Where can you find rainforests?"; and "What are the biggest rainforests in the world?".


Then, the students brought to life a book they've been reading entitled "The Great Kapok Tree", a story set in a dense jungle. The book was originally written to raise awareness about the environmental challenges of "deforestation". A pertinent Global issue which Mr Hawkes wants this young generation of children to be conscious of.

Finally, the children were disguised as different wildlife creatures focusing on endangered species. Each character emphasised how deforestation affects their habitat. Below is a short synopsis of their roles.

Grisha played the role of the tree cutter with confidence and gusto; Mark brought a cheerful monkey to life; Kamilla was able to portray a scary creature, the Leopard as a gentle animal ; Micah shone on stage as the colourful macaw; Saskia's gymnastics skills were vital in her role as the high-jumping frog! All our young actors wowed the audience and entertained us all with their fantastic animations of these animals.

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It was a succesful assembly which was concluded by our weekly awards and certificate giving ceremony! Together we celebrated the achievements of Liam, Mark and Yunho on their achievement of gaining 100 house points so early on in the term, a testament to their efforts and good work ethic at school. Qian Qian, Bella and Mo were our Readers of the Week (click here to see the list of all super-readers weekly). Finally, Emily, Eliya and Micah were the chosen superstars for this week (click here for a full list of Stars of the week).

A big well done to Mr Hawkes and his team for successfully tackling and teaching a difficult subject with fun and humour to his young students.

At the end of the assembly, the parents had the opportunity to enjoy the display of Symmetrical Art completed by the students as part of their Rainforest topic.

Topic learning, at primary school age, is so relevant as it encompasses so many different subjects but is delivered in a fun way engaging students fully in subject areas they may not necessarily feel that confident with. Students become all-rounded learners and thinkers through this innovative British-based approach.


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