Hi, I'm currently doing the authors and letters unit with my year 3 class. We've been using the jolly postman for informal letter writing and have written a postcard as well as a reply letter to Goldilocks (replying to the letter to the bears). I now want to move onto formal letter writing but am lacking inspiration. Someone suggested that I use dear greenpeace but to be honest I think it's useless. The letters are too short and aren't structured in the way I have shown the children, so I think this would just confuse them. We also looked at Dear Miss but most of those letters are informal. I need an idea for a formal letter that the children could write. Preferably a complaint letter but it could be just writing to inform or a letter to an important person. But it needs to be something relevant to them where I can give them some good input first (they are lacking in imagination in my class). Our current theme is rainforests so I have considered tying that in somehow. Other ideas I came up with were linked to this year's jubilee or possibly the Olympics. Any ideas????