Parliament Week at Woodfield

The week commencing 13th November was Parliament Week. During this week we looked at the books “The Election” and “Malala’s Magic Pencil” in class. We discussed the different roles and responsibilities that different Members of Parliament have and the importance of voting and “having your say”.

During this week, we had two important visitors in school; the Civic Mayor and Dame Rosie Winterton.

The Civic Mayor of Doncaster is the ceremonial leader of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. The Civic Mayor is appointed annually from the members of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and serves for one municipal year.

The Civic Mayor and Mayoress had a tour of our school, where children could ask questions. They listened to our choir sing and then read a story to the children in Maple class.

We found out lots from the Civic Mayor’s visit. Here are some of the questions we asked him¦

  • What is your job when you are not visiting schools?
  • What is the difference between a Civic Mayor and an elected Mayor?
  • Why do you wear the gold chain?
  • Are you rich?!!!

Dame Rosie Winterton is a politician and a Member of the Labour Party. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central in 1997.

Dame Rosie Winterton spoke to our year 5 and year 6 pupils and told them about her role as a Member of Parliament, how she got into this career and the importance of voting democratically under the rule of British law, thus allowing individual liberty.

Members of our school council then asked Dame Rosie Winterton a series of questions that had been devised earlier on in the week by our Year 5 and 6 pupils. These questions included:

  • What made you want to be a Member of Parliament?
  • What jobs do you have to do as a Member of Parliament?
  • Who is in charge of Parliament?
  • If you weren’t a Member of Parliament, what job would you have?
  • What qualifications did you need in order to become a Member of Parliament?
  • How old were you when you got into politics?


We learnt lots about Parliament during Dame Rosie Winterton’s visit to our school.

Maybe one day some of our current year 5 and 6 pupils will be the new Members of Parliament¦ watch this space!