Pyjama party sweeps board at Terrington St John ‘election’

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The people have spoken and there can be only one clear winner when the ballot box speaks ... and in this case it was in favour of pyjamas!

Terrington St John PrimarySchool held a mock election to coincide with the little matter of the real thing being held around the country on May 7.

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Terrington St John Community Primary School ANL-150515-171746001

The children grouped together and campaigned on what they wanted to do on the last day of the half-term this Friday.

The “contenders” were; bring a cake for break party, the wear jeans for a day party, the wear pyjamas to school for the day party or have an extra 20 minutes at playtime.

The children grouped together and debated and discussed the reasons why their ideas should be voted for and passed.

They created campaign posters and made speeches to their classes.

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Terrington St John election day ANL-150515-171616001

In the afternoon of the election day, a polling booth was set up in the school hall.

The children were asked to enter and tick off their name on the electoral roll, replicating what would have been happening at the polling booths where their mothers and fathers were casting their votes.

The votes were tallied and there was but one clear winner – wear pyjamas to school for the day.

It was announced to an excited school assembly later in the day.

The children have said that role playing a General Election has helped them to understand how our political parties campaign and have learnt that their voice counts.

One child in class one, aged six-years-old, said that if he did not vote for the issue he wanted he could not moan about which event took place on the last day of term.

Class Two has been looking more in depth at the subject of British democracy and the differing political parties standing the real General Election.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “This has been a valuable learning opportunity and something all the children have enjoyed taking part in.”