Sky is the limit for rainforest champs

Green team: The team from St Thomas CE Primary School who have won a national challenge
Green team: The team from St Thomas CE Primary School who have won a national challenge

A team from Garstang St Thomas CE Primary School has been crowned Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge Team of the Month.

The pupils won an HD video camera and became team of the month by taking action to help protect the rainforest through the Energy We Use topic, as part of the challenge.

Team leader Miss Merifield said: “The Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge has really engaged my Year 5 class and has created many enterprising opportunities.

“All the children have really taken ownership of the challenge and are passionate about saving the rainforest.

“I would advise any teacher to get their class involved. It is also working towards an eco award for the school.”

Joshua and Lewis said about the challenge: “We have really enjoyed taking part and learning about the rainforests.

“It has really made us think about what we can do to save the rainforests.

“We have loved completing the actions and we have adopted a Jaguar through the WWF. It has changed our lives.”

The Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge, a partnership between Sky and Global Action Plan is open to eight to 14-year-olds in the UK and Ireland and gets students involved in making a positive impact on the rainforests.

Teams choose one of three topics: the Stuff We Buy; the Energy We Use or the Food We Eat. Using online tools, lesson plans and interactive activities students learn how their topic is linked to the rainforests, and what they can do to help.

More than 2,500 schools have signed up for the challenge which sits alongside Sky and the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.

Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan, said: “An area the size of three football pitches is being destroyed in the Amazon rainforest every minute.

“It is vitally important young people learn the global environmental importance of the rainforests, experience this fragile ecosystem, and understand the simple steps they can take in their everyday lives to help ease the pressure on the forests.”

Schools which want to start their own challenge should visit http://skyrainforestrescueschoolschallenge.org/register to register.