‘Riot Act’ workshop

Year 5 & 6 took part in the ‘Riot Act’ workshop on Wednesday afternoon, where they learned about how to keep themselves on the roads. The children were thoroughly engaged, but also had the chance to be reflective about the very real dangers that the roads posed.

Distractions such as playing in the road, using mobile phones and cycling/scooting could lead to life-threatening accidents, so the children were encouraged to be road smart when travelling to and from school.

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British Values – Democracy

Democracy is a key British Value and we have been talking about it in Collective Worship and in class this week.

We learnt that:

  • It means that all British adults are able to vote for the people they want to run the country.
  • The British Democratic system has been copied by countries around the world.
  • Some countries are dictatorships and do not have democratic elections.

We are thinking about ‘How we are a Democracy in our School?’ And our Dog of Democracy will be visiting each class to help us with our discussions.

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Houses of Parliament Visit


The School Council visited the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. They had a tour of the House of Commons, visited Westminster Hall and listened to part of a live debate. As part of the visit, pupils also had the opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop, where they discovered how MPs debate key issues and how a government is formed. They enjoyed learning about our democratic system, our local constituencies, MPs, and began to think about issues which are debated in Parliament.

Famous said, ‘I learnt that the Queen only attends Parliament once a year to open it. I enjoyed learning about what Politicians do.’ Thank you to all the pupils for being so curious and articulate and a big thank you to Mrs Gouldbourne for accompanying the School Council on their visit.

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God’s Global Goals

This week we launched a new mission at St Mary Magdalene to try to fight inequality, end extreme poverty and respect our planet.

We are going to work together with other schools and outside agencies to be ‘agents of change,’ as part of our work around courageous advocacy. Each class has been given one of the seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ to focus on which were created by world leaders in the United Nations.

These are also known as God’s Global Goals and our aim is to work together to build a better future for everyone.

For more details take a look at the following link: https://www.globalgoals.org/ 

If you would like to be involved then do speak to your child’s class teacher.

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