Pupils learn more about the depths of the rainforest 8 Dec 2011

 Following their once in a lifetime trip to the Borneo rainforest, students from Cornwall College Newquay were delighted to be invited to Constantine Primary School to give a talk on their experiences.

 Tamar pupils were already in the middle of a project about the rainforest, when they came across an article in the local newspaper about the Cornwall College Newquay trip. Hearing about encounters with crocodiles and snakes, really sparked their enthusiasm and they then wrote a letter to the students involved in the trip inviting them to come into the school and present their experience.

 “I was really surprised by the pupils’ knowledge of the rainforest,” said FdSc Zoological Conservation student Mike Taylor. “This was clearly a project that the pupils had spent a lot of time on and their passion for the topic was brilliant. They were all genuinely impressed and excited to hear the stories about the research work that we took part in and about our time in the rainforest in general. It was really rewarding to see their enthusiasm.”

Throughout the project the pupils have explored every aspect of rainforests and have spent a lot of time integrating the topic into their lessons. Teacher Chris Wild said: “They have written descriptive diaries about their own “experiences” of working in the rainforest, they have built models of indigenous peoples homes, made games such as top trumps using the various plants and indigenous species, created databases of animals, made films about survival and written songs. So a lot of work has gone into the rainforest project and it was great to have people in the room who had first-hand experience of being in a rainforest and could really describe what it was like to be there, instead of just learning from the Internet and books.”

Pupil Iola said: “When we read the article from the newspaper we were all excited about the story, then we wrote to the students to see if they could visit us. We were really excited when they said yes. My favourite part of the visit was hearing about the snake that was being eaten by the crocodile while they were on a boat trip down the river.”

 As well as doing a presentation about their trip, Cornwall College Newquay students chatted to groups of pupils who took the opportunity to ask questions about their time in the rainforest, look at photos, learn about the day to day living conditions and sang them the songs they had learned