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Norristhorpe Mock Election 2017

As the nation went to the polls in the 2017 General Election, children at Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School experienced democracy first hand with their own Mock Election.

Children in Year 5 formed their own political parties, developed their manifestos and created election broadcasts to share their ideas with the rest of the school:

Thomas, Junior Defenders

Maisie, Metric

Olivia, Helping Hands

Abigail, AAAMMM


The parties then canvassed children accross school to gain as much support before the polling station, run by some of our year six children, opened. Children across school participated enthusiastically in their chance to have their say, with a school wide turn out of over 80%. They were so keen to choose their candidate they were happy to join long queues, braving the rain showers!

Pupils were really keen to hear the result when it was announced by the Returning Officer in assembly:

Well done to all the children who took part and learned about how elections and democracy can have an impact on their lives. 


In our Year 6 S.P.I.C.E.D. lesson P.C. Whitehouse introduced the children to the subject of the effects of crime in the community.

The children were asked to work in groups and write down how a victim of crime might feel. The children chose some very powerful adjectives.

Project Britain - British Life and Culture

Follow this link to the Project Britain website where you can learn about life in Great Britain. It's a fascinating insight into the culture, the customs and the traditions.


The Official Website of the British Monarchy


Follow this link to find out everything about the British Royal Family.


I Have a Dream...

It was a couple of years ago that Mrs Feather, Cover Supervisor, had been discussing Martin Luther King's  "I Have a Dream" speech with her G&T group. A now former pupil, Jamie Speight, at the time in Year 6, produced this fabulous piece of work.

I Have a Dream

I have a dream, a dream in which one day our fighting nations shall unite.

I have a dream, when foe becomes friend and enemy becomes ally.

Let us not get lost in the maze of rivalry.

Let us all sit together at the table of friendship.

I have a dream, that one day we will all be able to see through the thick fog of war.

I have a dream, that one day the world will help the flower of trust flourish.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream of freedom.


Yr 2 pupils visted the cenotaph in Heckmondwike on 11th November to lay their hand made poppies and remember those who have died .

Following the pupils visit to the cenotaph Mrs Lyles received this letter which we would like to share with you.


"Dear Mrs Lyles

I feel I need to send this message to express how proud I am as a Norristhorpe parent on the impeccable behaviour of all year 2 pupils whilst on their walk to the Heckmondwike cenotaph. As a parent volunteer I was extremely impressed with how, at such a young age, they conducted themselves. Not only walking beautifully , sensibly and safely but how they showed great respect during the 2 minute silence. I felt very proud to be part of this and even more so with the comments from adult spectators commenting also on the children's excellent behaviour.  They , in my opinion,  were an excellent example of a great school and did the school proud and deserve full recognition for this.

Regards and best wishes

Cathy Everett"

First News

At Norristhorpe School we like to keep up with the news. In Key Stage 2 we all read and do activities using First News, the weekly newspaper. We love to read the storeis and find out about all the amazing things that happen around our country, and beyond. In guided reading we read the stories and answer quetions, and are challenged to find storied using just the pictures. http://firstnews.co.uk

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