As part of UK Parliament Week, some of the Year 6 children from Our Lady of Sion Junior School seized the opportunity to have a virtual meeting with Sir Peter Bottomley MP. The children raised some salient questions with topics ranging from local eco issues, to questions concerning the current pandemic and US elections, and the workings of Parliament itself.
The children were hugely interested to hear about Sir Peter’s life at Westminster and were overwhelmed by the surprise visit by Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone – who was then able to answer any questions about the House of Lords.
Assistant Head, Head of Junior School, Tam Pearson (who is also a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador) stated,
“Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that young people are fully educated about democracy and the workings of politics. This is not a tokenistic add-on to the curriculum, it is a vital part of children’s preparation for life”.
All of the Junior School have been involved in activities all week as part of UK Parliament Week. In Year 4, pupils held a lively debate about important issues that Parliament get involved with. Their final decision was the Health Care was the most important issue currently.
Year 3 were learning about the Houses of Parliament and produced some wonderful artwork of Parliament and Big Ben.