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Leigh Primary School

 What is Votes for Schools?

It is a weekly resource that takes supports the teaching of topical subjects and questions that align with Relationships and Health Education, PSHE, SMSC, British Values, Citizenship, Global responsibility, mental health and also addresses objectives outlines in the Prevent Duty which addresses the prevention of radicalisation and extremism.

Each week, there is a different lesson presentation that explains a different topical issue and we use these resources as a basis for our whole school and class assemblies and encourage reflection and debate. At the end of the week all children will vote 'yes' or 'no' based upon discussions and a variety of viewpoints presented.  This data is collected  and compared with schools Nationally and reported to a variety of organisation which often respond to Primary Pupils across the country with statements  about the issues they are voting upon.

Why do we use it?

At Leigh Primary School we want our children to talk about topics that are interesting, relevant and important to them as individuals and the world about them. We want them to be able to communicate effectively in order to express their own opinions as well as respect those of others particularly when they differ from their own.  Additionally, we want our children to be educated citizens that are informed and ready to be successful in wider society as they grown into young adults and understand that their voice is important in our democracy.

Votes for schools provides explicit opportunities:

  • for speaking and listening through discussion of topics
  • to challenge concepts such as injustice, greed, poverty, stereotypes and discrimination
  • for children to reflect develop, adjust or alter their values and beliefs through open discussions
  • for healthy and respectful debate where all opinions and view points are heard
  • for children to be curious, informed and heard on current affairs nationally and globally
  • to actively engage in democracy each week and to learn about democratic issues in the context of current affairs

How will you know what your children are discussing and how they voted each week?

Every week in the 'Leigh Latest' newsletter there is a box which tells you what the weeks topic has been and what the result was from the prior week. On the school website (this page) you can find a curriculum guide for the weeks topic as well as a discussion sheet so you can carry on the learning at home should you wish to discuss the topic with your child. Scroll down to see some of the topics Leigh Pupils have been discussing.


 Autumn Term 1 - Topics and assembly

Vote Topic

Headline Learning

Link to Curriculum Guide

Story

Assembly

(5 - 7) Will the lioness' win get more girls playing football?

(7-11) Will the lionesses' win create long-lasting change?

Headline Learning

Gender inequality/equality

Gender stereotypes

Cultural events

Discrimination

 

British Values

SMSC

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

(5-7) Would you want to be Prime Minister?

(7-11) Is it a good time to become Prime Minister?

Headline Learning

The British democratic parliamentary system

Challenges of Leadership

 

British Values

SMSC

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

Help sheet regarding bereavement and loss

 

Do you feel comfortable with change?

Headline Learning

The life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Loss and bereavement

Impact of change and mental health

British Values

SMSC

Mental Health

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

(5-7) Would you buy second hand clothes to help the environment?

(7-11) Can the fashion industry slow down its impact on the environment?

Headline Learning

Environmental Issues

Climate Change

Global Responsibility and citizenship

 

British Values

SMSC

Mental Health

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

Are actions more important than words?

Headline Learning

Discrimination

Prejudice

Time for change: Action Not Words in relation to these concepts

British Values

SMSC

Mental Health

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

'I walk with Vanessa'  a wordless book by Kerascoët

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9U_11iF4c

A story about bullying, kindness, friendship and resilience to stand up for one you believe through being a role model with your actions not only our words.

Does the internet change how we feel about ourselves?

Headline Learning

Self esteem and confidence

Resilience to influences online

Online Harm Bills in parliament

British Values

SMSC

Mental Health

Citizenship

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

'Rock What Ya Got' by Samantha Berger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs44juuFBtw&t=129s

When a drawing of a little girl comes to life, she doesn't want to be erased, or put into a picture that doesn't feel like her. Instead, she decides to speak up in a powerful way. And she has some words of advice: embrace what you have, love yourself, and "rock what ya got."

Should we stop paying for the BBC?

Headline Learning

Citizenship

Culture and the Arts

Democracy

Expressing Opinions

SMSC

British Values

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

'Me and my fear' by Francesca Sanna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXcCZvxpym8

This story explores the impact of fear and how it can keep you safe but also hold you back.

Do we know enough about how vaping affects people? (7-11)

Are playground trends a good thing? (5-7)

Headline Learning

Health Education = Physical and Mental

Resilience - Peer Pressure

SMSC

British Values

Mental Health

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

'My Shadow is pink' by Scott Stuart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEnOdHNQYV8

 This story is about a little boy who thinks he is supposed to like and be a certain way.  He learns that often people hid their true self as we are afraid that others will not accept us as we are. He learns to be himself. 

This story explores gender stereotypes.

Should everyone be able to vote at 16?

Headline Learning

Democracy

Good Communication

Expressing Opinions

Citizenship

Equality

SMSC

British Values

Curriculum Guide

Carry on the conversation at home

 

'Lest we forget' by Kerry Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRYtElWaFZY

This story explores the experiences of a young boy juxtaposed to his grandfather who fought in the war.  The grandfather tells his grandson that he Remembrance Day is sad but we should all remember. This story explores the importance of remembering.