Resources quick links
This front-of-classroom tool challenges your students to learn about the electoral process by setting up a political party, preparing a manifesto, running a campaign, and then holding their own classroom election.
The resource includes a quick quiz about the electoral process, to introduce key terms and concepts, before guiding students through the role playing exercise. It is accompanied by a worksheet for students, available to download below.
Three levels of difficulty allow you to tailor the activity to suit your students. The link to level 3 (above) is aimed at KS4 students. For younger age groups select the link for level 1 or 2 in the Supporting Resources section below.
This resource supports political literacy components of the curriculum around the UK. It also supports speaking and listening components of the English language curriculum.
Students will learn to:
- Explore the general election process through role-play
- Understand key terms such as constituencies, candidates, polling stations, political parties, manifestoes, and coalitions
- Consider different areas of policy and set priorities
- Discover different methods of campaigning
- Practice their communication skills by writing and delivering a campaign speech
Going to the polls - Level 1
Launch the whiteboard resource at level 1
Going to the polls - Level 2
Launch the whiteboard resource at level 2
Going to the polls worksheet
A worksheet to accompany the whiteboard resource
pdf file - 248 KB
Walkthrough guide - level 1
A practical guide for teachers to the level 1 whiteboard resource
pdf file - 683 KB
Walkthrough guide - level 2
A practical guide for teachers to the level 2 whiteboard resource
pdf file - 691 KB
Walkthrough guide - level 3
A practical guide for teachers to the level 3 whiteboard resource
pdf file - 701 KB