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A Day in Politics at Davies Lane Primary School
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Event date:  
2019-04-25
Davies Lane Primary School
Davies Lane Primary School in Waltham Forest has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2015. Over the years, the school has used a variety of Lesson-time Projects, Challenge Days and visits to employers to support the development of students' essential skills both inside and outside the classroom.
A Day in Politics
Over the course of the day, learners from Early Years right through to Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to practise their Teamwork and Presenting skills by setting up their very own political parties. After Listening to an assembly that introduced them 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, the enterprising teams began setting up their own political parties. The aspiring politicians were Presenting ideas effectively about how they could work together, whilst Listening carefully to learn more about different people they could help within their local community. Using their Problem Solving skills, the newly formed parties 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 and campaign materials. Finally, whilst some classes deferred the final votes to a later stage, the rest of the school then took to the hustings to convince others to vote for them in upcoming elections. Standards were so high in Teamwork and Leadership skills that it was no surprise to see the classrooms’ scoreboards so full of points for the budding politicians!
The fruits of top-notch Teamwork at Davies Lane as teams created sets of promotional rosettes for their parties.Posters and manifestos to support the aspiring politicians' persuasive speeches, stretching their Presenting skills to the highest standard at Davies Lane Primary in Waltham Forest
Posters and manifestos to support the aspiring politicians' persuasive speeches, stretching their Presenting skills to the highest standard at Davies Lane Primary in Waltham Forest
I asked them to pick one skill they wanted to work on today. For me it's about the journey they take as they develop their own skills. For example, a couple of them picked Leading: I was surprised because they're usually shy so I was pleased to hear that.
Teacher, Year 1
Their Teamwork has surprised me actually: I've been watching them throughout the day and I have seen their behaviour improve, even in the playground. You see, I really want them to apply those skills in their real life, to everything that relates to them.
Teacher, Year 1
In our speech we've included things that most people in the country complain about. For example in the police force, we want to reduce paperwork so that police officers can actually focus on solving crimes, which is what people want.
Student, Year 5