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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.

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

undersstanding other cultures and their way of life.

See below for a document with photos of this

Year 6 as investigators

Research is a vital skill in history.

Year 6 asked questions about how Native Americans lived and then they researched for answers. They used video clips, PowerPoint and information sheets to investigate Native American Life from 200 years ago.

They also learned from the costumes we have borrowed from the Museum Loans Service.


Inference is also an important history skill.

This means using the evidence to work things out and make suggestions about what life was like in the past.

From wearing the headdress we could infer that they…

liked to dress up?

had time to spend on extras like this?

were skilled at using animal feathers and skin?

were skilled at making beads?

Year 6 led an assembly today (November 13th) to introduce Parliament Week. 

They explained a little of how Parliament works and then debated in front of the whole school about the use of smart phones for primary age children. 

During the week, Year 6 will organise for each of our Junior classes to vote on questions such as....

Should there be a PE lesson each day in school to help promote healthy living?

Year 6 practising debating in the style of Parliament


Should primary age children be allowed to have smart phones?



First they wrote their speeches.

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…


Resounding Aye! There were just 6 people who voted No.

See the winners celebrating below!

Exploring a timeline about the history of parliament

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 below for photos

Debating leads to extended writing on the future of the rainforest

Learning the art of debating in Geography...what should we do with the rainforest?

Learning about how Parliament works. We used a 60 second video from to see which team could learn the most

Here is more detail about what we did

Voting in our mock election (Labour won)

Here is a report on our election