By Becks Fowkes – Size of Wales Education Outreach Officer
I visited Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl on 7th May to deliver an assembly and workshops and to talk with the children there about tropical forests, deforestation and the climate crisis. Children from year six were especially excited to meet me as they had so much to say about their theme ‘The World in our Hands’.
The children had spent the previous week learning about tropical forests and they showed me wonderful pictures they had painted showing their impressions of life in the tropical forest. They had also spent time researching tropical forests and had discovered some amazing facts about the plants and animals there.
They had found out that it takes 10 minutes for the rainfall to reach the ground from canopy, because there are so many leaves on the way down.
They also knew that howler monkeys’ voices are so loud they can be heard up to 3 miles away.
Doing their own research and finding out about specific species helped the children feel connected to the forest and its inhabitants. They had many questions to ask me, especially about the problems facing people and wildlife due to deforestation.
They impressed me with their compassion for the plight of animals and people and they quickly understood that we can all make a difference for the rain forest and the world by the choices we make. But most of all they reminded me with their artwork and enthusiasm that our world is full of wonder and is worth protecting.
Take a look at some of their amazing work!