Our Parliament Week events have begun
Today (13th November) Year 6 started the week with an assembly about how Parliament works.
See below for photos and a report on it.
The pupils had all written their own speeches for the debate which took place in assembly.
Each day, the Juniors will vote on a different topic
See the photos below
Reception and the infants will do their own voting and have the Speaker's oufit and Parliamentary props to use as well.
Our first British Values exhibition has already taken place. Over one hundred visitors came to see what we do in school about this. Year 6 guides explained what they have been learning about politics, democracy and debating. They were fabulous ambassadors for our school and our values.
Visitors from local schools were very impressed. We had great feedback from staff from Bishop David Sheppard Primary School, Great Crosby RC Primary and St John's Primary in Crossens as well as visitors from High Schools like Birkdale and Greenbank.
Later this week, a team of pupils will lead worship time. This will be a Remembrance Worship and reflection time
Next Monday Year 6 will lead worship about how Parliament works, including a debate about the use of smart phones for primary age children.
Mrs Edward announced in worship today (3.1..17) which petition had won and why.
It is the Year 2 idea of decorating the canteen with a healthy food themed display.
Well done to Year 2 for outlining their idea so thoughtfully and working hard to get so many signatures.
Our "British Values...exploring democracy exhibition" took place last night. Parents, siblings and staff from other schools came and were guided round by Year 6 pupils. They placed poppies on our Remembrance Tree, voted in our Should primary age children be allowed smart phones? debate and took time to see what we do in this school to promote British Values. See below for photos.
Year 6 practising debating in the style of Parliament
Should primary age children be allowed to have smart phones?
The speaker chose who would speak.
Pupils bobbed to get attention to speak.
After the speeches they called out Aye or No to show their opinion.
They moved into division lobbies to show their view
The result of this vote was…
A resounding Aye! There were just 6 people who voted No.
The photo below shows the winners. they look very pleased!
Year 6 now have the chance to apply to become our official history/politics ambassadors.
Here are some of them collecting the resources they need to help them learn more British history, ready for a test after half term.
School Council Meeting 18.10.17...democracy in action
This was an exciting meeting as councillors counted up their signature totals. They have still to be verified but some look to have got over 80 signatures
Pupils from each group had been busy thinking of idea about how to improve the canteen on a budget of £50. Some year groups had put together quite detailed proposals. All had got signatures from their own class and most had got signatures from other classes and even staff.
Signatures are currently being verified! The petitions with the most signatures will be sent to Mrs Edward for her consideration. Just like with government petitions, she might call pupils to give more detail or explain their ideas more. She may then decide to adopt the ideas or she may decide not to! Just like with our government, if there are enough signatures, she will give a response to explain her decision.
After that, councillors discussed the school wide campaign for after half term and ideas for raising money for Children in Need.
Tell your councillor if you have an idea….Voice your View!! There are a four photos below. For more photos see the link to the School Council page.
Year 6 being buddies to reception children
The buddy assembly last week was Year 6’s opportunity to welcome their reception buddy into our school.
Year 6 help the reception children settle in and they act as role models to them. It brings the best out in everyone!
Year 6…the art of debate in Geography again. Year 6 debated what the future of the rainforest should be. In doing so they also practised the parliamentary process of ‘bobbing’ to catch the attention of the speaker to try and get a turn in the debate. They had to state their point and then explain it. Simple key words to help with this were…because….so that...if. Key Geography vocabulary included indigenous….habitat…deforestation…extinct….endangered…favelas…and more! See the photos below. After the debate they wrote extended balanced arguments about what should happen in the rainforest.
Remembrance is about mutual respect but also about appreciating our values of freedom
Remembrance Display 2017
A team of Year 6 and Year 4 pupils is putting together a display for Remembrance Day. Most families have some connection to people who served (or are still serving) in various wars. This is not just soldiers. Many women served in World War Two in many ways. They might have been Land Girls, or worked in factories making weapons or they might have looked after evacuees. There have been more recent conflicts such as The Falklands War or soldiers sent to Afghanistan. We’d like as many photos as possible for this display.
British Value…Mutual respect
Shirley Potts, one of our governors, came to spend a maths session with Year 6 and talk to them about what they have been doing recently. She has watched them grow up since Year 1. We discussed the visit of the Gang Man and visits to high schools. We also discussed about the responsibilities that come with being the oldest in the schools and the jobs that we are trusted to do.
We run competitions to encourage pupils to take a wider interest in the world around them.
In history competitions we have had mini movies, news reports, code breaking and posters.
Our summer holiday competition was to write reviews/projects about places pupils loved visiting this summer. The winners are pictured below with their prizes.
We have registered for Parliament Week 13th-19th November 2017
Learning about democracy
Mrs Lund has returned from the Houses of Parliament.
There were 66 teachers on the course
Below is the first follow up session Year 6 had about the course.
Some of their questions had been answered.
Have you ever got lost in the Houses of Parliament?
What made you want to become an MP?
What is the most exciting thing about Parliament?
Is it hard to be an MP?
What is the actual role of the Prime Minister?
How many times are laws checked before they are made?
How could we get rid of the House of Lords if we thought it was a good idea to do so?
We strive to ensure that our children are well prepared for the world outside. We aspire for them to be tolerant, respectful of other cultures and faiths, be law abiding citizens and have a real life handle on our democratic system and understand how they can influence that for the good of themselves and others.
Whilst we have an ongoing whole school plan to ensure that we teach British Values and "Britishness" across each year group, we also ensure that we respond to current social and political events in the life of our country and across the world.