General Election 2019
As part of our on-going studies into the British political system, Key Stage 2 children visited the Greystoke Village Polling Station on Thursday 12th December. We were welcomed by the two returning officers on duty and were lucky enough to watch several people enter the voting booth and complete their confidential ballot paper. We completed our own vote in the classroom and look forward to seeing the results on Friday.
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 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.
Greystoke School Council
Children vote and elect: School Councillors, House Captains, Digital Leaders
Supporting charities which are voted on through the School Council
Debates and balanced arguments
KS2 Work on Brexit
Tolerance and Respect
High expectations of behaviour
Linking network: SCONE -School Councils of North Eden, Link school Tanzania
Celebrating Christmas, Divali, Easter, Harvest
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
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
Visits from police, air ambulance, fire service, paramedics
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
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.