What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Explain that they are going to think about how different people use the Congo Basin rainforests and then we are going to investigate how we use the forests and woodlands in Scotland.
Give each group a set of cards and ask them to sort them into three groups.
Ask pupils to share what they have decided and why. Talk about any differences of opinion and come to class consensus on a final decision. Put the cards up on a poster under the 3 headings.
Tell pupils that they are going to find out how we use the forests and woodlands in Scotland.
Brainstorm their initial thoughts under the following headings, making sure that everyone understands the terms.
Now give groups time to research in class or as a homework task. Ask groups to share their responses and design a class poster illustrating how we use forests in Scotland. Display the posters around the class and encourage the class to look at the designs and share ideas.
Hold a plenary discussion to explore what they have found out about the uses of the two forests using the teacher prompts below. Were you aware of the number and different ways we use the forest in Scotland? Were there any new ways you found out? Discuss the similarities and differences in how the local people use the rainforest for their own purposes and how we use the woodlands and forests in Scotland. Try to elicit from pupils how the local rainforest people use the forest far more directly for subsistence and their daily needs (food, shelter, fuel, medicines, etc.) than we do.
Think about how we use woods and forests in Scotland for enjoyment, sport and recreation.
Ask pupils to summarise the similarities and differences they have found out about the uses of the forests. They can return to the activity from Section 1 Comparing the Scots pine forest and the Congo Basin rainforest and add thoughts around uses of the forest.
Pupils should also reflect on how they now feel about the importance of forests and if their view has changed.