May 6th proved to be a big day for Year 5 at Kingsley Junior School as they hosted a Mock Election.
Their two week project, which was given a boost when they were visited by local MP James Plaskitt, culminated in each of the six parties giving a short presentation to the rest of the school in which they summarised their policies and explained what they would do for their constituents.
Everything was discussed from hospital parking to restrictions on smoking for adults in the company of children, to helping endangered species, and the parties faced some tough questions at the end of their presentations. Year 6 was particularly interested in how their increased spending would be paid for, and disagreed with the suggestion that fuel prices should be decreased because of the environmental implications.
Each child was given a ballot paper which was posted into the ballot box and after a tense wait, and two recounts, we ended up with a draw for the Gold Party and the Fair World Party – the children will certainly have a better understanding of a ‘hung parliament’, should this be mirrored in the General Election!
Special mention should also go to the Change Party, who were favourites in the staff room!
Well done girls – you all worked really hard and learned a huge amount in such a short time.