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Greystoke Primary School

Icold Road Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0TP

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Parliment Week

            As we mark 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, Greystoke Primary School participated in a series of lessons to mark UK Parliament Week. 

            UK Parliament Week is a UK wide festival which took place between 12th and 17th November whose aims were to engage primary school children with Parliament and the democratic process.  The week was also part of the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme celebrating equal voting rights and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history.  The lessons included learning more about what democracy means, how a bill becomes a law after it has progressed through different stages in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The children also created and made banners which related to a party of their own making and took to the village on a march in the manner of the historical marches of the suffragettes.  The week culminated in a Vote 100 feast where the children created a feast in the colours of the suffragettes; green, white and purple including a biscuit model of The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. 

The children in Key Stage Two had a fantastic day in London visiting the Houses of Parliament. We visited the 'Robing Room’, the House of Commons, House of Lords and the original Westminster Hall. We are all really looking forward to developing our knowledge in our upcoming Parliament Week (12- 16th November )where we will be exploring how the suffragettes changed womens right to vote.
The children in Key Stage Two had a fantastic day in London visiting the Houses of Parliament. We visited the 'Robing Room’, the House of Commons, House of Lords and the original Westminster Hall. We are all really looking forward to developing our knowledge in our upcoming Parliament Week (12- 16th November )where we will be exploring how the suffragettes changed womens right to vote.

The children of Key Stage 2 had, earlier on in the month, experienced a wonderful day trip to London where they had the opportunity to have a fully guided tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included visiting the House of Commons, The House of Lords, the Queen’s Robing Room and the historically rich Westminster Hall.  Participating in Parliament Week was a great way to bring all the learning from London into the classroom.  The children were also delighted to receive a personalised video from Rory Stewart, recorded on Parliament Green after the cabinet acceptance of the Government’s Brexit plan, wishing them well in their learning and talking about the incredibly busy and interesting events taking part in Parliament at this time.

            Parliament Week proved to be a wonderfully exciting way to celebrate Britain’s democratic history and an excellent way to encourage children to work towards a more equal society whilst engaging in a democratic process. 

To conclude 'Parliament Week', our local MP ,Rory Stewart, sent the children a video message. The children were really pleased to hear how democracy can be difficult but worthwhile-a great way to end this week's work.

Following our recent visit by Rory Stewart MP, Mrs Brolly was interviewed for our local online TV station to talk about Paliment week and the work the children had been doing surrounding 'Modern British Values'

In our school, here are a few examples of how we understand and carry out our work towards promoting British Values.Enter text...

Democracy

Greystoke School Council

Children vote and elect: School Councillors, House Captains, Digital Leaders

Supporting charities which are voted on through the School Council

Pupil questionnaires

Debates and balanced arguments

KS2 Work on Brexit 2016

Tolerance and Respect

Good manners

High expectations of behaviour

Linking network: SCONE -School Councils of North Eden, Link school Tanzania

Celebrating Christmas, Divali, Easter, Harvest

Assemblies

Teaching about different religions throughout school

Visits from different faith ministers

Visits to different places of worship

Open the Book assemblies for the whole school

Remembrance Day-work planned to commemorate the fallen -incuding poppy sales in school

Harvest gifts to the wider community or local food banks

Choir to sing for Greystoke Village senior citizens

Fundraising

All Kidsafe workshops encourage respect , and therefore tolerance, for others

Stonewall School Champion

 P4C session on introduction to LGBT issues and identity

 

 

Rule of Law

Behaviour and Antibullying Policies are drawn up together and verified with the School Council and rest of the school-then they are given to the Governing Body to approve and reinforced in Kidsafe sessions.

School rules are discussed by the School Council with the whole school community

Rewards and sanctions

E safety training

Sports tournaments

Daily routines 

Visits from police, air ambulance, fire service, paramedics

Assemblies

Our School Council Secretary & Chair
Our School Council Secretary & Chair

Individual Liberty

Own research carried out as part of school work and homework

Talking partner work as well as group work

Library van visits to choose own books for class bookshelf

Wide choice of after school clubs that all are welcome to

Choosing own dinner menu

Teaching

Kidsafe training across the whole school: encourages children to reflect on their own feelings through group and 1-1 discussions, practical  activities and scenarios suggested in the programme.