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17 April, 2015

Go-Givers election resources for primary schools

Our Go-Givers programme has some useful resources for primary schools to help interest our youngest citizens in the purpose and process of the imminent general election.

Go-Givers boy standing with microphone

The Go-Givers lessons introduce the concept of voting and democracy to children at KS1 and KS2 in a way that is appropriate to each stage of development.

They look at the concept of democracy, including representation and voting, and suggest ways for our youngest citizens to get involved and bring about positive change in their communities. 

There's an interactive ballot box to give children a practical experience of voting, and lesson plans about the rule of law and equal rights.

Go-Givers also ran a competition in which children aged 5-11 created their own election manifestos. We had over 1,700 entries. Children used personal experiences to show why they felt passionately about a problem. We've yet to read them all, but - so far - racism is a popular issue. Results will be announced in election week, so keep your eyes peeled!

The resources

The Go-Givers Ballot Box
(Go-Givers subscription required)
Want to take a quick poll to find out how the children in your class travel to school? Introducing pie charts and bar charts to your pupils for the first time? Need to ask children to vote for who will represent them on the School Council? Enter your class list to use our simple interactive Ballot Box and you've got data-handling and learning about democracy covered!

Build your election bundle (£15) 

Simply go to the Go-Givers website, buy a custom bundle of six lessons and then select the following three (and three more of your choosing, of course!). 

Voting for the Go-Givers, featuring the Go-Givers Characters (key stage 1) 
This lesson introduces young children to the concept of voting before the general election. Children share their opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views by considering a range of community issues raised by the Go-Givers characters. 

Democracy (key stage 2)
A three part module explaining local, national and European democracy in simple terms. It explains the concept of representation and elections, and suggests how children can participate, for example through their school councils. The learning activities include a focus on the Suffragettes.

The Immigration Debate (key stage 2)
This lesson explores the topical, and often controversial issue of immigration. Why do people migrate? What are the pros and cons of immigration? How, and why, do governments try to control immigration and what benefits can immigration bring?

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