Sustainable Palm Oil Letters and a reply from a Prince!

Lesson: English

Class: Year 6 Year: 2018 - 2019

Early in September, whilst studying the Ancient Maya and reading 'The Great Kapok Tree' the Year 6 children became aware of the plight of the Orangutan and how their home is being destroyed due to deforestation. 
The children felt strongly about this issue, going home and researching more, before asking Miss Finch how they could make a difference. The class discussed how they could check the labels on foods and cut down their consumption of unethically sourced palm oil. 
As a class, they decided to write to the Government, Greenpeace and Prince Charles. Year 6 felt that each would be able to support their points of view and help them to understand what was being done to improve this issue in our country. 
The letters written included plees written in the character of an orangutan and information from our class School Councillors and Eco Councillors that detailed how our school was trying to help.

Within a few weeks, we had heard back from the Department for Rural Affairs and the Environment advising the class on what they are doing to help and thanking the children for their letters.

Later, we recieved a wonderful envelope full of individual letters, for each child, from Clarence House. Each letter thanked the children for their words, discussed how Prince Charles works for the environment and even included a picture of Prince Charles for the children to keep. Year 6 were very excited to receive these letters and they certainly had us all feeling important!


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