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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Nottingham Schools Collaborate Virtually to Support Antarctica in the First Ever Online Primary Parliament

Over 200 pupils representing nine Nottingham primary schools took part in the first ever online Primary Parliament on 7th & 9th July. The sessions, hosted on Microsoft Teams, marked the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of the continent of Antarctica. Through discussion, research, art, drama, music and presentation, schools explored the question ‘Why should we in Nottingham care about what happens in Antarctica?’

Polar scientists Becca de Leij and Becky Hopkins, who have first-hand experience of living and working in Antarctica, presented fascinating information and answered questions about their life at the coldest place on earth. Pupils then worked with support from mentors including Ignite!, Nottingham Castle Trust and the Council’s Carbon Neutral 28 team to create their own campaigns and messages, which were launched in the afternoon with presentations to Councillors Neghat Khan and Chantal Lee, fellow parliamentarians and Director of Education John Dexter.

Everyone was very impressed. The pupils showed fantastic adaptability, enthusiasm and concentration, working together successfully in challenging new circumstances - much like Antarctic explorers themselves!

Well done and thank you to all schools and partners involved.

Primary Parliament will return in the Autumn.

Details of the session will be available on the Primary Parliament page.

View Blue Bell Hill Primary School Y6's Antarctic Rap