The Student Council committee provides the pupils of Meadow View Farm School with the opportunity to have a voice that is listened to throughout the school community, supporting the development of British Values by actively promoting democratic processes as members are voted for by the pupils. Through weekly student council meetings, pupils are encouraged to take ownership over creating a positive learning environment; underpinned by mutual respect for all, celebrating social identity differences. The student council representatives maintain a substantial amount of responsibility throughout their duties and are trusted to provide a voice for their peers during meetings. This experience enhances pupils’ interaction skills, develops their self-worth, self-esteem and confidence.
Below are some of the experiences and achievements gained through the implementation of student council:
• MVFS themed enrichment days – voted for, planned, budgeted and led by student council representatives, i.e ‘Disney Day’ and ‘Build a Den Day’
• The Designing of displays throughout school
• Taking part in the planning for parent open days, i.e The Christmas Carol Service and the Easter Bonnet Parade
• The ownership over creating a portfolio of the work achieved for SMSC and British Values through student council
• Ownership over ‘the school dog’ – i.e budgeting, pet insurance, the dog’s name
• ‘Learning Walks’ to identify and celebrate outstanding teaching
• Anti-bullying campaigns
UK Parliament Week: Monday 2nd- Friday 6th November 2020
The children at Meadow View Farm School have taken part in various activities to increase their knowledge and understanding of the UK Parliament. Through role play, stories, videos and PowerPoint presentations, the children across school have been learning:
· About the three parts that make up Parliament: the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Monarch.
· What happens in Parliament and what each of the three parts is responsible for.
The children have also been talking about issues that are important to them. Class 3 felt strongly that face masks to keep everyone safe should be free, houses should be built for the homeless and trees should not be chopped down in order to save our environment.
The children have also learnt what the word debate means and how this is used in Parliament to make decisions about UK Laws and Legislation.