If you are looking for ways to celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Forests then you may want to consider finding out more about the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge. This is a new online resource which encourages your whole school to get involved in practical action to save the rainforest.
Who can participate?
All primary or secondary schools in the UK or Ireland are eligible. The Challenge is designed for ages 7-14. Any registered member of staff can sign up their school.
What subject areas are covered?
The Challenge covers citizenship, science, geography, numeracy and PSHE. Students will also build skills such as advocacy, creative campaigning and community engagement.
How does it work?
You’ll bring together a team of Explorers to lead a Challenge in your school. They’ll choose a name and an icon for their profile, and a Challenge topic to pursue from the following:
• The food we eat
• The stuff we buy
• The energy we use
Setting off on their river journey down the Amazon, the interactive features help them explore the plants and animals unique to this rainforest. Along the way, they’ll plan and carry out actions specific to your school and your pupils’ experience level.
How long will it take?
It takes about 10-12 weeks to complete a Challenge topic.
How are teams made up?
Each Explorers’ team can have 5-10 people. A school can have up to three teams. Teams can be made up of students from a single class, or of a few students from different levels. They can include school staff, parents and community members.
What incentives are available?
Teams will earn points for all the activities they complete. Based on points earned and other critieria, teams will be eligible for our Team of the Week prize. There will be a cash prize and a grand prize awarded at the end of the year to the overall winning team.
Find out more at: http://www.skyrainforestrescueschoolschallenge.org/