The School: Farley Junior School

Farley Junior in Luton are brand new to working with Enabling Enterprise, with today their first experience of conducting an Enterprise Challenge Day. The anticipation was naturally very high for the range of activities, with students from Years 3 to 6 extremely excited to step into the shoes of political thinkers and campaigners.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

With the UK General Election only a few weeks earlier, Farley Junior students been learning about the British values of democracy and the party system we have. Today was the opportunity to take this knowledge a step further with the students in charge as they took on the role of politicians for the day.

During the day the pupils developed their Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully skills by practicing debating, before thinking about their priorities for helping sections of society and developing these ideas to form their own manifestos. With their party ethos and policies in place, the students then worked creatively to come up with all the promotional materials for their political party. At the end of the day the children in each class took part in a hustings and then the students got to vote for the winning team. Working in a Team successfully was the ticket to success today across all classes as the clock ticked away fast towards the election hour.

The Results:

The students were clearly engaged and relished the opportunity to take ownership, articulate their opinions and listen to the views of others. Teams impressed with their passionate and informed class debates, as well as some clever and creative campaigns. The day ended with hustings that saw confident speakers Presenting persuasively in order to gain as many votes as possible in the all-important election. Throughout the day so much learning took place and all the pupils left with a deeper understanding of why politics is so important in society.

What they said:

  • “It’s so rewarding to see some of the students that often struggle to work in teams really pull together and lead the way in coming up with ideas together” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “We made policies to help the poor and unsafe people because we believe in making the country safer and happier for everyone” – Student, Year 5

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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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