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Friday, 9 June 2017

Our school's General Election

We held our general election to run alongside the actual taking place in the country. Our class was divided into the five parties that were standing in our Ogmore constituencies, with the make up of each group being randomly chosen.

The groups made campaign posters, party political broadcasts using iPlayer and wrote a speech to be delivered to the voters.We wrote emails to the 5 local candidates and got various responses.

The posters, adverts and responses can be found by clicking on the links for individual party blog posts:
Conservatives
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Plaid Cymru
UKIP

On Thursday the pupils from Years 1-4 sat and watched the party political broadcasts and listened to the speech. They then took their ballot papers, made their choices and voted.








This morning, we separated into counting teams and totaled up the votes.



The results were as follows:
 
As there were 99 votes, we decided that there would have to be be a magic majority number of 50.  No party achieved this number so we were left with a hung parliament. We then offered all the leaders to enter into a coalition discussion. After heated debate, Labour decided to enter into coalition with Plaid Cymru.


We then took our data and put it into graph form and worked out percentages.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Our class's UKIP Election campaign

Here is the email we sent off to our local candidate:


Dear Glenda Davies

Hello, our names are Eliza, Regan, Phoebe, Ciaran, Cain and Brandon and we are Year 4/5/6 pupils at Llanharan Primary School. We are writing to you today as in our class we are studying the 2017 General Election.  We are holding our own election this Thursday. Our class has been divided into 5 groups with each group taking one of the five parties who are standing in the Ogmore constituency. We chose our parties at random and we selected UKIP.

We are going to have to try to persuade ours Years 1-4 that your party is the one to vote for. To do this we need to give reasons to persuade the other classes that the UKIP party policies are the ones that will suit their families and themselves. Which of your policies affect our schools and our community the best?

We are wondering, if at all possible could you send us any information or resources to help us with our campaign. Also, would you be able to send us a supporting tweet at our class Twitter feed @lps140club or a video message.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Good luck with the General Election.

Yours sincerely

Llanharan Primary Year 4/5/6 UKIP

We received a fantastic pack of election information
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Our party election broadcast and speech



Our campaign posters








Our class's Plaid Cymru Election campaign

Here is the email we sent off to our local candidate


Dear Huw Marshall

Hello, our names are Lucie, Daisy, Leo, Maisie, Denrard and Jay and we are Year 4/5/6 pupils from Llanharan Primary. We are writing to you because, for our topic we are learning about the General Election 2017 which is going to be held this Thursday. We are holding our own election in school.  We decided to split the class into 5 groups and randomly pick a party each who are standing in the Ogmore constituency. We picked Plaid Cymru.

We have a lot of questions for you to answer if at all possible – so let’s get started.

What are Plaid Cymru going to do to improve schools?
What policies affect us as children?
How will your policies affect our families?

We are wondering, if at all possible could you send us any information or resources to help us with our campaign. Also, would you be able to send us a supporting tweet at our class Twitter feed @lps140club or a video message.

Thank you very much for taking your time to read this email.

Yours sincerely


Lucie, Daisy, Leo, Maisie, Denrard and Jay

We had the following response:

Hello Lucie, Daisy, Leo, Maisie, Denrard and Jay

I hope you’re enjoying your election as much as I am the general election. Its great to see you engaging in politics at such a young age.

Here are my answers to your questions.

I have made education a priority during my campaign, I have two daughters aged 4 and 8 who attend the Ysgol Cwm Garw where I am also chair of the governing body.

Our focus is on helping to raise the standard of teaching, we want to reward the best teachers by paying them 10% extra and by giving teachers improved training, giving them the best opportunity to be the best possible teachers. We would fight for money from Westminster so that we can invest in our schools.

We’d also give all 3 and 4 year olds free full time pre school education, ensuring that every Welsh child has the best start possible.

As well as our education policies our economic plan to grow the Welsh economy will have the biggest impact on your lives, ensuring government contarcts are awarded to local companies will ensure all communities benefit economically. A good education leads to better jobs which means more pay which means your parents, carers and you will have a better quality of life. Our environmental policies also mean you’ll grow up in a greener, cleaner world.

As well as the economic and environment policies we want to make local communities stronger and more prosperous. We want families to be able to stay and work in their communities, open, friendly and tolerant communities where everyone feels part of one big family. We’ll put a tax on sugary drinks which will pay for more doctors which will improve our health service.

Many of the jobs you’ll be doing in the future don’t currently exist! In Pencoed and Llanharan we have a thriving digital creative sector, The Sony factory makes the cameras that a lot of the TV you watch is made with. The Raspberry Pi computer is manufactured there, Wales Interactive the leading Welsh computer games company is based there and Dragon Studios is home to many TV and Films that you and your parents watch online. We want to give you the skills that will allow you to work in this exciting area.

You can read more about Plaid Cymru’s campaign in the Ogmore constituency here www.huwmarshall.com

Good luck with your election and I hope you win!!

Diolch

Huw

We received some Tweets:


Our party political broadcast and speech



Our campaign posters






Our class's Liberal Democrats party's political broadcast

Here is the email we sent to the local candidate


Dear Gerald Francis

Hello, our names are Ellie, Iwan, Levi, Dylan C, Heather and Menna and we are Year 4/5/6 pupils at Llanharan Primary School. We are writing to you today as in our class we are studying the 2017 General Election.  We are holding our own election this Thursday. Our class has been divided into 5 groups with each group taking one of the five parties who are standing in the Ogmore constituency. We chose our parties at random and we selected the Liberal Democrats.

We are going to be trying to persuade our Years 1-4 that your party is the best one to vote for. To do this we need to give reasons to persuade the pupils that the Liberal Democrat party policies are the ones that are best for their families and themselves. Which of your policies will best affect our children and their parents? Which of your policies do you think are your best selling points as we want to win this election for Liberal Democrats?

We are wondering, if at all possible could you send us any information, leaflets, badges, signs or resources to help us with our campaign. This would have a massive impact on how many votes we would get form our pupils for our Liberal Democrat party. Also, would you be able to send us a supporting tweet at our class Twitter feed @lps140club or a video message.

Thanks for taking the time to read this email. Good luck with the General Election.

Yours sincerely


Llanharan Primary Year 4/5/6 Liberal Democrat Party

Sadly, we didn't get a response.

Our party political broadcast and speech



Our campaign posters








Our class's Labour party Election campaign

Here is the email we sent off to our local Labour candidate:


Dear Chris Elmore

Hello, our names are Laetitia, Ruby, Chloe, Joshua, Dylan A and Corum and we are Year 4/5/6 pupils at Llanharan Primary School. We are writing to you today as in our class we are studying the 2017 General Election.  We are holding our own election this Thursday. Our class has been divided into 5 groups with each group taking one of the five parties who are standing in the Ogmore constituency. We chose our parties at random and we selected Labour.

We are going to have to try to persuade our Years 1-4 that your party is the one to vote for. To do this we need to give reasons to persuade the other classes that the Labour party policies are the ones that will suit their families and themselves. Which of your policies affect our schools and our community the best? Which of your policies to do you think would appeal best to children our age.

We are wondering, if at all possible could you send us any information, leaflets or resources to help us with our campaign. This would have a massive impact on how many votes we would get form our pupils for our Labour party. Also, would you be able to send us a supporting tweet at our class Twitter feed @lps140club or a video message.

Thanks for taking the time to read this email. Good luck with the General Election.

Yours sincerely


Llanharan Primary Year 4/5/6 Labour Party

We had a response on Twitter

Chris Elmore came in to visit us today to give us some leaflets, badges and resources. He also answered some questions that the class put to him.

Our political broadcast and Speech



Our campaign posters





Our School Conservatives Election Campaign

Here is our email to our local candidate:

office@ogmoreconservatives.org.uk

Dear Jamie Wallis

Hello, our names are Seren, Melissa, Aaron, Ellie-May, Iestyn and Jake and we are from Year 4/5/6 at Llanharan Primary School. We are writing to you as a group as we are studying the general election. We are holding our own election in school this Thursday. We have been divided into 5 groups, with each taking a party who are standing in the Ogmore constituency at random. We chose the Conservatives.

We are attempting to persuade our Years 1-4 to vote for the Conservatives based on your policies. To do this we are looking for the best reasons to give to persuade them that the Conservatives are the party for them. Which of your policies will affect us as children most?

We are wondering, if at all possible could you send us any information or resources to help us with our campaign.

Many thanks for taking your time to read this email. We wish you all the best of luck for the election. If you were able to send us a message in some form or contact our class Twitter feed @lps140club then we would most thankful.

Yours sincerely

Aaron, Ellie-May. Iestyn, Jake, Melissa and Seren.

Sadly, we received no response

Our Party Political Broadcast and speech

Our campaign posters







Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Analysing Party Political Broadcasts

We have now found out which parties will be standing in our constituency of Ogmore in the forthcoming general election. The parties are: Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and UKIP.

Yesterday we watched all of the party political broadcasts from these parties. After watching every broadcast, we wrote down how they made us feel; whether they were positive or negative; what persuasive techniques they used and whether they would make us vote for the parties.

Here are some of our thoughts:

Conservatives:

How did it make you feel?
"Bored and makes me not want to vote for her."
"Positive, emotional - it was awesome."
"They seemed too determined."
"Made me feel happy, proud and emotional."
"Confused because I didn't think she would say these things."

Would it make you vote for them?
"Yes, because it sounded like she would make amends to the country."
"Yes because she would lead this place well."
"Yes because she spoke well."
"Yes because there was a lot of positiveness."
"No because there weren't any bright coulours. It made me feel like I was in a meeting."

Labour:

How did it make you feel?
"Angry because it was not believable."
"Emotional, happy and sad."
"Ashamed because it was stated that we could only trust Labour."

Would it make you vote for them?
"Yes because it stated that the Conservatives were horrible."
"Yes because they would help the police and hospitals."
"No because they were being mean to the Conservatives."
"No because they were just being negative."
"No.Why couldn't Corby speak for himself."

Liberal Democrats:

How did it make you feel?
"Annoyed because it was the same over and over again."
"I felt bored."
"It made me feel confused."
"Bored because it didn't show much information about their party."

Would it make you vote for them?
"No because there was too much negativity."
"No because I didn't know what they would do for us."
"No because they were being mean to Theresa May."
"Yes because they were not being negative."

Plaid Cymru:

How did it make you feel?
"Happy because they seemed nice and they would defend our country."
"Happy because at least someone is standing for Wales."
"It made me feel proud."
"Confident because it showed a lot of benefits to public services."

Would it make you vote for them?
"No because it didn't contain much for children."
"Yes because they seemed confident."
"No because they were being mean to Labour."
"Yes because it was very persuading for their party."

UKIP:

How did it make you feel?
"Happy because they would defend our country."
"I didn't like it at all."
"Ashamed."
"It made me proud."
"Devastated because it didn't seem to care about children."

Would it make you vote for them?
"No because it didn't show it cared much about people."
"Yes because they sound like a good party to stand for."
"Yes because they didn't trash talk."
"No because they were saying they were better than everyone else and they were all rubbish."
"Yes because it was a good advert."

We took a vote at the end of the session on who they would vote for based purely on the advert.

The results were:
UKIP - 41%
Labour - 19%
Liberal Democrats - 19%
Conservatives - 15%
Plaid Cymru - 7%