12 May 2023

Friday 12 May 2023

This week’s Talk Time has a moral question.

Should all adults have the right to vote?

What is voting?

Voting is a process by which a group of people can decide things fairly when they don’t all agree. Voting is an important part of the type of government called democracy. In a democracy, people use voting to choose government leaders. These government leaders represent their local areas and work together to consider and propose new laws. You must be 18 or over to take part in an election.

Can you think of a time when you’ve voted for something? How did you feel when you cast your vote? Was the process fair? For example, each year in school we elect a new Junior Leadership Team. Each class has the opportunity to vote for a representative from their class to be nominated.

Have a conversation with your family and friends at home and think about whether you feel all adults should have the right to vote and why. After your conversation, take some time to reflect on yours and others responses. Is there anything that you would like to know more about?

Additionally, or alternatively, you might like your child to consider our current Christian value…

At St James’ CE Primary School, we learn about Christian values that help us to become well-rounded citizens in society. The values are woven into our everyday school life. Each half term, we have a new Christian value that will be embedded into our collective worship and our reflection areas.

This half term, our Christian Value is peace.

Peace can mean different things to people. It is often thought of as ‘a time where there is no conflict’ or ‘a state of calm and tranquillity’. It is about positive harmony and healthy relationships between people. It involves spiritual as well as material security. Peace is a state of true wholeness, a state of well-being.

This value helps promotes harmony, stability and security within the school and local community.

Help at home.

Try one, or both, of the following activities:

The dove carrying an olive branch is a symbol of peace in Christianity. Is Christianity the only religion to have a symbol of peace? Carry out some research about peace symbols. You might also design your own symbol of peace to reflect who you are.


In the Bible, Psalm 46 is a noisy Psalm. It talks about waters roaring and mountains quaking, about wars and desolation. But it ends with God saying, ‘Be still and know that I am God’.

Our world can feel noisy with the sounds of life at the moment. Wherever you are right now, close your eyes and try to sit quietly without moving… for a whole minute if you can. As you sit quietly like this, if you want to, you can say a silent prayer for stillness, for peace in in your life and those you care about.