Election fever at Dorset House School

Dorset House School pupils learn about politics SUS-150515-112834001
Dorset House School pupils learn about politics SUS-150515-112834001

At Dorset House, all the children – from Reception to Year 8, were involved in learning about the election last week.

Teachers used a variety of techniques to bring this topic to life for them.

The older children investigated the different manifestos and watched some of the very helpful clips on the Parliamentary website and then discussed how we vote in this country.

One question the children were keen to know the answer to was ‘Does the Queen vote?’ – they were surprised to learn that she could but she doesn’t.

They learnt about the birth of democracy, discovering how the ancient Athenians used tokens for secret voting and followed through to the Magna Carta and Votes for Women in Britain .

The whole process of voting from the polling card to the ballot box has captured their imagination. They were eager to find out the result of the election.

For the younger children in the Pre-Prep, the election was wrapped up in a week learning about “Britishness”.

They worked across different Year groups, learning about Great Britain and the Commonwealth, researching British heroes and what it means to be a hero.

They learnt about the Queen, and why we have a democracy and designed T shirts, adding different elements each day, to represent what it means to be British.

As a treat on Election Day itself, the kitchen staff baked special cupcakes decorated with the emblems of the parties. It was interesting to see who chose which cake…

Report and pictures contributed by Dorset House School.