Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, last Friday was invited by Judie Pickering, class teacher at Purley Primary School to speak to not only the children of the Owl class at Purley Primary School but also the children of Edgewood Campus School in Madison, Wisconsin, USA via google hangout.
Purley Primary has partnered with Edgewood School in the USA as part of a global collaboration project. The children of each school connect on a weekly basis, either via google hangout or email. Each month the two schools will complete a project linked to the curriculum together. The children are currently comparing the similarities and differences between the Governments of the UK and that of the USA.
Mr Sharma spoke to the students about his role as an MP and life in Parliament. The students were very interested to compare the role of an MP with that of Congressmen and Senators.
Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to visit the Owl class at Purley Primary school and take part in their project with Edgewood Campus School in Wisconsin, USA. It is fantastic to see young students so engaged with current affairs and thinking globally. The global collaboration project is a brilliant way to spark the students’ imaginations and provides them with the opportunity to engage and work with students thousands of miles away. I congratulate Judie Pickering and Purley Primary School for taking on this initiative so enthusiastically.”
Judie Pickering, Class Teacher at Purley Primary School said: “The children of Owl class at Purley Primary had an amazing afternoon when Alok Sharma MP joined us and held a live link up with our partner school, Edgewood Campus School, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Children from both schools heard about his role as an MP and made comparisons between the Governments of the two countries. Our friends in America found it very exciting to speak to a member of the British Parliament! Both schools would like to express their thanks to Mr Sharma for enriching our collaboration project this term.”