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Parliament Week 2018


Our pack has arrived and we are excited to get ready to celebrate our democracy

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We have begun work on our remembrance poppy cascade!

Remembering those who have served in war connects us with all four of our British values...respect, democracy, liberty and rule of law.


All Year 6 have been making a remembrance poppy out of the bottom of a plastic water bottle. We want our poppies to have a recycling message so we are recycling ones we used.

Eventually everyone in the school will have made one. We aim to make 300!

These will then form a moving display for the centenary of World War One.

See the photos below

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School competition for StPhilips100

Summer competition

StPhilips100 is the name we have given to a series of events commemorating centenaries in 2018.

We want logos that we can use for these events in the Autumn term…designed by you!

You have a choice of 4 themes for this:

Ø Women getting the vote

Ø The birth of the RAF

Ø The role played by anyone who served in World War One

Ø Something that combines all three of these

You do not have to be good at art for this as logos are simple ideas rather than complicated pictures.

Hand your logo into Ms Lund with your name and new year group by September 14th . There will be a prize for the best in each class.

National competitions of poetry and art to remember those who served in war

See the links below. Deadline is September 11th




Visiting the grave of Stanley Dyson who died in 1917 aged 26.

History Ambassadors took our wreath, left a remembrance marker and said a prayer.



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School Council end of year display


Our own democracy in action


Children learn skills to help them be better, more active citizens.

They participate in decision making.

This year School Council has raised lots of money for a range of causes, had a visit from our MP and taken part in Sefton Learning Partnership  activities to do with promoting healthy eating.


See the link below the photo for the Schools Council page

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Rewarding effort and talent in our end of year celebrations

These are some of the many children who go the extra mile

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The Unremembered St Philips100


Below are photos of our community event to recognise the contribution of the Labour Corps


Celebrating 100 years since the vote was extended to women for the first time and to working class men

Year 6 Maya History Day

Learning about and from other cultures

We did so many things!

Making block pyramids, playing pok a tok, eating Mexican food, debating, examining artefacts and playing an escape room game.

We also had time to write an essay examining the way of life of the Ancient Maya or why their civilisation ended.


Honouring those who have served our country

Valuing our freedoms

Here are the entries from all the year groups

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Year 6 Faith in Action Day


Our Christian values re-enforce our British Values

We believe in Justice, Equality, Respect, Service…


Today we considered lots of aspects of our faith

We heard from visitors who talked about how they have put their Christian faith into action

We learned about how other faiths put their beliefs into action

We learned about street children and how groups like Tearfund help

We got to debate our own ideas about our beliefs

RAF100 School Competition

See the document below and take the time to enter so that we can put together a great remembrance display about the RAF

in our local area.

Chinese Day

Years 6, 5 and 2 have been exploring Chinese Culture with Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute from Edge Hill University. They have been learning words in Mandarin and making Chinese lanterns, paper cuts of Chinese characters and learning calligraphy and counting in Mandarin.

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RAF 100


We have started our RAF100 project to remember the people who died in the early days of the RAF in World War One. This is part of a national project to design plane templates and write names of pilots and engineers on them.

We have been given 30 Scottish names and so we are designing Scottish themed templates.

We will also be remembering the local people who are buried in our Southport cemeteries.

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Our Unremembered Wreath is now on display in London and they have taken this wonderful picture of it. We have made a second wreath to keep in school and use in our acts of remembrance.

Here is another picture showing how it is being displayed. It is in the Ministry for Housing and it is in the bottom right of the photo. It is photographed with  left to right: Military Advisor Brigadier Krishnan, High Commission of India to the UK, Sally Sealey, MHCLG, and Lord Bourne, Minister for Communities, MHCLG.



 Mutual Respect and Understanding...Autism


In worship today we had students from Presfield College.


They explained what it was like to have autism.


They told us about famous people with autism and what autistic people can find easy and difficult.


It helped us see that not everyone (including autistic people) learns and thinks in the same way.



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Our Christian Values are part of our British Values



Values like compassion and justice.


This term our focus is service.

All religions believe in serving others in some way.


Here is one of our worship tables showing our focus on service.


Part of this is learning about figures in the past who can inspire us to serve others

and share the talents that we have.

People like Florence Nightingale and William Wilberforce had a

big impact on this country.


Today organisations like the Red Cross and Red Crescent serve worldwide.

Sikh gurdwaras provide free meals everyday in their communities.

Here in Southport Christians organise food banks and the local Soup Kitchen.


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Easter History competition flyer

 Today a small group of staff, parents and pupils visited Duke Street Cemetery where we said a prayer and laid a wreath in remembrance of three Southport people who served in the Labour Corp of World War One. Photos are below.

The stunning felt flower wreath has been made by Year 6 thanks to the hard work and creativity of Mrs Rothwell.

The largely forgotten history of the Labour Corp has provided a new challenge for our History Ambassadors. We held a Commonwealth Day Assembly to highlight the work and values of the Commonwealth. We have found out about our local Chinese Labour Corps whose graves are in Liverpool. As we have been studying Ancient Egypt we were also drawn to the role played by the Egyptian Labour Corps and the forgotten contribution of Muslims in this part of our history. Once we had access to the database for the graves of the Labour Corps, we visited our local cemetery to leave tokens of remembrance there. As one of the graves belonged to a Jewish family, we took pebbles with us rather than flowers as our act of rememberance.

Our ideas for the wreath were that the…

  • multi coloured flowers to symbolize the wide variety of unremembered from countries around the world, not just in the Commonwealth. We also made sure to include the yellow of our own hometown of Southport as well as colours like pink and purple to represent the women who served as volunteers in World War One.

  • buttons are all different shapes and sizes to show we are all unique.

  • flowers are the same shape because we were all fighting for the same cause.

  • butterflies are placed in North, South, East and West positions to represent the four corners of the world.

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Watch this space for details of the Easter history to relatives to find out if childhood in the 1960s and 1970s was really very different from your childhood today

Honouring and remembering those who have served their country.

Year 6 are helping to create a wreath for 'The Unremembered' (a Commonwealth project about the Labour Corps of World War One). We hope to take the wreath to Duke Street Cemetery where there are 6 graves of local people who served in this way.

Below are the graves of I Dannenberg, J Cullen and A Rimmer. 

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Year 6 are leading school worship for Commonwealth Day

This includes outlining what the Commonwealth is and how it grew out of the British Empire. It also shows why it is important for us today especially in terms of co-operation and campaigning on issues such as gender and racial equality.

Photos will follow below.

Here are some photos of entries into our half term Commonwealth Competitions.

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 Ancient Egyptians visit the Infants!

Year 6 History Ambassadors have been helping spread their love and knowledge of history again.

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We have great History Ambassadors and helpers in Year 6 who volunteer to help others learn more about history. They are great role models for being active citizens. Today they hosted an exhibition called Hands on History for parents and children during Parents' Evening. This included a range of activities: Horrible History songs, costumed guides, books, games, timelines, artefacts, local history and photos of all the great activities classes undertake in history during the year.

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Knowing our history is part of British Values.

Year 6 led a school worship time about the history of Britain since the Stone Age.

We finished with a prayer asking God to help us appreciate all the comforts that we have today.

For most of human history, most lives have been much harder than they are today.

 This week we welcomed our local MP, Damien Moore.

He was given a tour of the school by two of our Year 6 History Ambassadors.

 Year 6 got the opportunity to ask him questions. He was asked a range of questions.

What is it like being an MP?

How long do you work for in a week?

What can you do for Southport?

What is being done for the homeless?

What made you want to become an MP?

What is the best part of being an MP?

What kind of things do you debate about in Parliament?


He then visited the School Council who were busy analysing the Healthy Eating surveys.

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The School Council organised for us to take part in Wacky Hair Day today as part of the Sefton Partnership, raising money for Alzheimer's research. Some photos are below

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Mini competitions for February half term

Celebrate our Commonwealth

See the document below

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A wonderful book we use to develop chronology and understanding of our country's history is 'A Street Through Time' extract is below

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School Council

Have been busy with promoting fundraising such as Children in Need and more recently Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy and Wacky Hair Day (as part of the Southport Learning Partnership's fundraising for Alzheimer's). They have also been busy getting classes to think about healthy living and to create posters to encourage people to be healthier.

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 We will  be supporting Commonwealth Day on Monday 12th March.

See the website link below

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This year marks 100 years since the vote in the UK was extended to ordinary working men and to some women for the first time. We will be marking this later in the year and taking part

in Equaliteas in July.

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We have our winners for our Australia competition.

Five Year 6 pupils put a tremendous effort into their entries for this competition. Their work was inspiring and informative. In the photos below you can see four of them receiving their prizes in worship time today. There are also photos of their work and the PowerPoints that three of them did.

Well done and thank you to them all.

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Our History Ambassadors are keeping busy in 2018.

They are great role models of how to be active and helpful citizens.

 They have been visiting the Infant Classes in  historical costumes so that the children can ask questions about who they are supposed to be and what life was like in the past.

Year 2 pupils come on Thursday to work with the Chronology Buddies and get a sticker for giving answers to questions about how a town grew from the Stone Age to now. They do other things too like castle jigsaws and spot the mistake in history pictures.

News of another History competition!

Being an active citizen is part of our British Values. This means that we take an interest in and participate in the world around us, even when no-one is telling us we have to do so.

Knowing the history of this country helps us to appreciate the world we live in now.

So, if you love history, take a look at the Epic Era competition on the website below.


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 We show respect by being grateful for the sacrifices others have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. Year 6 have been learning about World War One. 1918 is the centenary year of the end of the war. To enter a great competition on this see the website below.

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Part of British Values is showing mutual respect by helping other people. In the Autumn term we have done lots of fundraising. Just some examples of this are....we bought poppies for the British Legion, we raised money with Pudsey bear for Children in Need and here we are wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children

History/Geography Competition

The Commonwealth Games are in AUSTRALIA in 2018

See the document below

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Year 1 enjoyed learning about voting

Year 6 made more use of the Parliamentary loan box. They had a series of mini debates with different pupils acting as the Speaker who chose who would speak next.

“Before judging someone, first walk a mile in their shoes”

Native American saying

Native Americans come to St Philip’s.

Our very own Year 6 History Ambassadors, acted as lead learners for the Year 6 history lesson.

They were hot seated by their class mates who asked lots of searching questions about how Native Americans lived and why they lived in the way they did.


They then visited the Infant and Reception classes to be

interviewed by them.


Asking relevant questions is an important history skill.

This also supported our British values of understanding other cultures and their way of life, as well as our lead learners being great role models of being active and articulate citizens.

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Our first History Ambassadors have been citizens who have taken on extra responsibilities



They wrote an application

They studied some extra history

They undertook a range of tasks

They were interviewed

They passed with flying colours.


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noOur Parliament Week events have begunno

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.

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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.

Remembrance Service November 2017

Our service included Year 5 and 6 pupils who read pieces about what remembrance means. They also read a poem by Mrs Pritchard’s Mum about her father in the Great War. They read Flander’s Fields.

Staff and pupils spoke of someone they were remembering today. Our minute of silence was completed by Marcus playing the Last Post.

Thankyou to all who took part.

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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!

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Year 6 exploring a parliamentary timeline

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The winning petitions are handed to Mrs Edward during assembly 20.10.17. She will give her decision after half term.

 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.

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School Council Meeting 18.10.17...democracy in action


The petitions!


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.

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Mutual respect…

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.

Our School Council is a very active part of our school community and is a great process that helps us learn about how our British democratic system works. We are working with the Southport Learning Partnership on 3 projects. The first is a campaign to improve our school community further. The second area is a local charity to support.  The third area is to get involved in a global campaign. See the link below.

Mutual respect. We are very grateful to our volunteer helpers who listen to our children read

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Democracy...School council are organising petitions about how to spend some money on improving the canteen

Remembrance is about mutual respect but also about appreciating our values of freedom

and democracy


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.





Pupils making poppies for our Remembrance Display

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We appreciate what we have and we help other people...raising money for beehives at harvest time

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The art of Geography... where Y6 debated views about how the rainforest should be used

Bullybusters workshops with Year 1,2 and 3 help us respect each other

Bullybusters workshops with Year 1,2 and 3 help us respect each other 1

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.

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Rule of law and respect...workshops with Year 6 by the Gang Man

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We respect and help each other in our buddy programmes...all Year 6 are buddies for the reception children and we have chronology history buddies too

We respect and help each other in our buddy programmes...all Year 6 are buddies for the reception children and we have chronology history buddies too 1

Student council surgeries have begun! Voice your view

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First meeting of the school council took place 27th September 2017. They will try to represent all the children in their class even when they don't agree with their ideas (just like our MPs represent all of us however we did or did not vote).

You can see more about the School Council if you click on the link below

 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. 

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We had a visit from the Parliament Outreach Officer today who led a Junior Assembly and workshops for Year 4 and 5.

The visit meant that pupils got the chance to learn about our democracy. They learned about what how a law is made and what MPs do. In the workshops they got the chance to learn about how we vote and to do a human timeline about how voting has changed since 1215.

Classes have elected their student council representatives. Here are some of them

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Classes have been formulating their class rules through pupil input and discussion. Here is the Y6 one

Classes have been formulating their class rules through pupil input and discussion. Here is the Y6 one 1

Year 6 learning about how paliament works. We worked in teams and used the 60 second video from to increase our knowledge

We have registered for Parliament Week 13th-19th November 2017


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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?

Year 6 follow up Parliament session

Shakespeare's Birthday an amazing Englishman!

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British Values are central to who we are.

British Values are central to who we are. 1 Peer Mediators - children as leaders
British Values are central to who we are. 2 We teach about and respect all world faiths
British Values are central to who we are. 3 British Values Display
British Values are central to who we are. 4 Big questions
British Values are central to who we are. 5 Values in action
British Values are central to who we are. 6 Members of Commonwealth Connect Programme visit

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.