What you might need to know

  • This class is entirely dedicated to running the European election. You first need to get the children to look at the posters designed to encourage voting for certain candidates. Then the candidates deliver their speech from the front of the class. The journalists ask each of them a question. Finally the journalists organise the debate with the voters by taking questions from the floor.
  • Once you have the ballot papers printed out (you’ll find them in the resource section), you need to get the children to vote. The vote has got to be individual and private so try and find a corner of the class where nobody can see what the child ticks. The voters will then put their ballot paper in a ballot box that you might have made. Any square box with a European flag on it will do.
  • The final aspect of the election is the tallying of the votes. Children always get quite excited then.
  • Once you have your one or two candidates elected, depending on what you decided at the start, these members of the European Parliament will represent South Ireland for 5 years (this is pretend!).
  • This class finishes on the one slide which will be developed in the next class – it is the idea that the European Parliament and therefore the member of the European Parliament that the class just elected is one piece of a larger puzzle. They need to talk to other people to make decisions, other people at the European level.