The School: The Willows Primary School

The Willows Primary School is based in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, and are in their first year of developing their enterprise skills. They will be completing their Lesson-Time Projects in their Enterprise Week after half term and have launched this exciting part of their curriculum with their first Challenge Day.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Students from Year 1 to Year 6 were challenged to create a political campaign so their political party could be elected into parliament by their peers. The school had already taken part in a democratic vote to elect their School Action Team, a team that work with two local schools to develop policies for parents to adhere to. They will be furthering their work on a visit to meet their local MP Mike Kane. As a result of this students had some knowledge about what happens in the Houses of Parliament and they had no problems forming their own political parties. They had to develop their own manifestos and use their imagination to decide the party name, colour, logo and slogan. Students worked effectively by delegating the task amongst their teams to create all the campaign material. Once all the parties had developed their campaign trails and presented to the rest of their peers all students partook in a democratic vote to elect their winning team before reflecting on the day.

The Results:

Students worked really well in their teams all day by Listening Carefully to each other and Sharing their Ideas in order to come up with the best policies and political presentations. It was inspiring to see children debating with such passion and using persuasive techniques that they had learnt in class. All the students did exceedingly well however there could only be one party that was democratically elected by their peers.

What they said:

  • “The day was fantastic and engaging for all students, especially for children who find it challenging to adapt when the structure of the school day changes ” – Teacher, Year 1
  • “I have really enjoyed today it was not like a normal school day, we got to be politicians for the day” – Student, Year 3

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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