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The Curriculum for Wales provides schools with a clear purpose to deliver effective democracy education. This requires a whole school approach, with opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom and a clear culture that supports learners to participate in their school community and beyond.
Good democracy education for Year 6 learners can be delivered in line with the following evidence-based principles and the associated knowledge, skills and experiences. This page outlines the six principles with examples of what this might look like in practice and supporting resources, tools and case studies. Some examples are taken from beyond a Welsh context but in each case they align with the Curriculum for Wales, particularly with the Humanities AOLE.
There are a number of tools already in place to support primary schools in providing effective democracy education:
Use voting pebbles to give learners a chance to contribute to decisions about learning on a regular basis e.g. choosing the next class story or activity
The following outlines ways to explore politics through a rich themed series of visits, trips and projects that explore democracy in Wales and will enable learners to meet progression steps one, two and three in the Humanities AOLE. The suggestions are indicative and can be adapted to fit your school context, including local or virtual visits.
Human societies are complex and diverse, and shaped by human actions and beliefs