The General Election gave us the opportunity to explain the British parliamentary system to our children and give them an understanding of what was going on in the world around them. Children across the school were given the opportunity to learn about the general election and have their own 'go' at voting - developing their understanding of the British Values.
All children were taught about the importance of using their vote, and how this allowed them to have a say in how the country was run through assemblies. They were introduced to the main party leaders.
Over the course of the week children in various year groups developed further understanding of the political world.
Having listened to the story about the 'Spotty and Stripy party' Children in Reception had to choose between the 'Strawberry' party and 'Grape' party. They were given the opportunity to cast their secret votes with Yellow and Green class voting the 'Grape' party and Blue class voting the 'Strawberry' party.
Meanwhile, in Years 3 and 5 children were creating their own parties to run the school: writing manifestos and creating Party Political broadcasts, which were filmed. These were later played to all children in KS2, and children were invited to attend the polling station to cast their ballots. The overall party to be elected was 'Godwin' Golden Owls' from 3W.
'It's a really important day today' said Sidnie in Yr 2, as he came into class in the morning, 'we have to vote on who will run the country!'
Katelyn in Yr 3 watched an official Party Political Broadcast and said 'I don't like him, all he is doing is moaning about what the others (parties) have said they will do, he hasn't actually said what his party would do.'
Some of the children's manifestos will be being taken to School Council, to help the School Council come up with ideas to improve the school.
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