This week, year 5 and 6 have marked the UK General Election by nominating their own Pupil Prime Minister. The children were firstly given the child-friendly manifestos of the Labour, Conservative, Green and Liberal Democrat parties and had to decide, based on each party’s promises, which one they would support, writing down their reasons behind their choices.
After they had chosen, each party used a different room as their campaign headquarters, writing speeches, making promotional videos, creating posters and badges, all for their chosen party. Those who wished to lead their party had to write a persuasive speech about why they should be voted leader. Chosen to lead their parties were Maria S (Liberal Democrats), Emily G (Greens), Delilah (Conservatives) and a tag team of Linna and Jack (Labour).
Following their campaigning, the whole of KS2 gathered to listen to the passionate and persuasive speeches of the party candidates, before a final vote on Wednesday using voting slips and ballot boxes. The results, announced today (Thursday) in assembly, gave the Green Party a convincing victory, with environmental issues and the abolishing of SATs at the forefront of voters’ minds.
It was a great way for the children to engage in democracy at an important time for our national politics!