Well done to our year 6 pupils who were chosen to attend the Mayoral debate at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council offices on Friday last week. 12 local Primary School all took part in debating relevant topical subjects.
A debate was taken on three subjects with Constance, Iyla, Edward and Jake all taking a very active and positive part - well done for representing More Park.
Results are in:
Should we be concerned about air quality?
- Air pollution is dangerous and can make us ill – for example can cause asthma and it can kill you
- Babies and toddlers are at risk as they are in pushchairs and are nearer to the car exhausts so are breathing in the pollution
- You should take notice of air pollution event though you can’t see it
- People should be encouraged to walk, ride a bike, take the bus, train or use an electric car or car share
- Put up posters to make people aware of air pollution
- Should have more bus services for primary schools and not make bus passes so expensive
- Create signposts and schemes for safer unpolluted ways to walk to school
Should we have longer school days and then no homework?
Some said ‘yes’ because:
- Children learn more at school than at home
- Some children do not understand how to do the homework and their parents can’t help them
- Time to shut off your mind and rest if you do not get homework
- Parents teach in a different way from the teachers and can cause confusion
- You can cheat when doing homework (ie using calculators for maths problems or using the internet)
Others thought no because:
- Teachers already have a long day at school anyway
- There would be a lot more lesson planning for the teachers
- Children would get tired if it was a longer day at school and the work standards could drop
Homework helps you to work independently and helps you to learn to manage your time