This week in Year 4, we have been learning about the rainforest and, in particular, deforestation. We have watched documentaries and discussed what it is and why it is such a problem in our world. Throughout the week we have discussed big questions such as:
Are animals as important as humans?
Should people care more about doing the right thing, or about doing things right?
We have debated about the topic of deforestation from the perspective of a number different people – tourists, local people, conservationists and loggers, and tried to come up with a compromise that might help. By doing this, the children realised just how big the problem is and how it isn’t an easy one to rectify.
The children have been particularly affected by the plight of the orang-utan, and we were all shocked to hear that if nothing is done to help conserve the species, there will be no orang-utans left in only 7 years!
As a class we watched this video by Greenpeace, who are working to help save the orang-utans. It only lasts 90 seconds, but it’s 90 seconds you won’t forget in a hurry! Please take a moment to watch it and, if you feel you’d like to, sign the petition.
This week our lessons have been linked to Unicef’s Children’s Rights, promoting children’s right to find out information about their world, express their opinions and have them taken seriously by their peers and the adults around them.