Autumn- Week 2
14th September 2015
During our whole school assemblies this week, we will be investigating the theme of democracy and discussing our feelings related to the Syrian refugee crisis.
The reason for the focus on democracy is two-fold. Firstly, tomorrow is the International Day Of Democracy and this takes place every year on the 15th September. Secondly, all maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.
During today's assembly it was a privilege to hear the opinons and ideas of our future leaders as we encourgaed a respect and understanding for democracy. We tried to put some names to faces of prominent politicians in the U.K. In addition, we discussed what different pupils would do if they had the chance to become Prime Minister. Some ideas included Minecraft play enforcement and housing those who are homeless.
We then watched a short clip about the democratic process in the U.K and how we are divided into 650 constituencies. The video gave us a brief tour of the House of Commons (Green) and the House of Lords (Red). Watch this clip again at the end of the article.
Finally, we examined some images of the Syrian refugee crisis (see below). Many of our Year 1 pupils were well aware of the desperate situation and reality facing these families and some children were able to confidentally explain how the refugees had been forced to move from their land because of the war. Some of our youngest children have such natural compassion, untarnished by prejudice and it is our responsibility to make their voices heard.
Tomorrow, we shall discuss and debate some new models for School Council as well as continue to learn the song 'Refuge.' Please take time to discuss some of these issues with your child.
Click here for Newsround clip on how democracy works in the U.K
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