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A Day in Politics at Ambler Primary School
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Event date:  
2019-02-05
Ambler Primary School
From the London Borough of Islington, Ambler Primary School has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2017 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Over the years, students across the whole school have been developing their Essential Skills through Lesson-Time Projects as well as Challenge Days and Trips to Employers.
A Day in Politics
Over the course of the day, students had the opportunity to practise their Teamwork and Presenting skills by setting up their very own political parties. After an assembly to introduce the learners to the world of politics, they dived head first into their task, learning more about democracy and looking at how and why we use different voting systems. With a greater knowledge of politics, students began setting up their own political parties. Teams were Sharing Ideas effectively about how they could work together, and these newest politicians then had to Listen Carefully to learn more about different people they could help within their local community. Using their Problem Solving skills, students decided upon who they wanted to help and why, and then thought about the best ways to support these people as they prepared their manifestos, made budget decisions and campaign materials. Finally, the students political parties then took to the stage to convince others to vote for them in upcoming elections.
Year 4 apply Creativity skills to making their political stash.Year 5 use Teamwork and Creativity to persuade voters to support them
Presenting skills and Problem Solving in Year 6's political manifesto
Some students have said that the Enabling Enterprise Challenge Days are their favourite day in the school calendar.
Headteacher
For our manifesto, we are going to work as a team because everyone has to take part - that's what teamwork is and what enterprise is all about.
Student, Year 4
I've been really pleasantly surprised by how well the Year 3s have done in the debate. The students spoke clearly and passionately. They've shown excellent Presenting skills and also listened carefully to argue against their opposition.
Teaching assistant, Year 3