Forestdale Primary School

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Instructions for the craft activities will appear shortly......



L.I. Understand how life in the desert is different for people than in the UK



Recap key features of desert climate e.g. hot, dry, sandy etc and some key facts about life in the desert e.g. no roads or trains

Explain that we are going to watch some video clips of a documentary by a British man who lived with a nomadic desert tribe (the Dassanech).

Make notes of Dassanech life on paper


Watch the videos from the BBC series ‘Tribe’  (Google ‘BBC Tribe series 2 Dassanech)

Explain that drought and desertification are making life harder for nomads in dry areas like this (there are no clips available from the show about this)



Main Task:

Your child’s task is to write a letter to a friend / his parents explaining how life is different for the Dassanech than it is for us in the UK

Talk about the layout of a letter (with desert address where Dassanech are from)

  • Dear (name),
  • Describe differences, writing in the first person
  • Yours sincerely (name)


Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark