Year 6 pupils from Frogwell Primary School in Chippenham were recently visited by local MP Michelle Donelan (pictured above in the centre, with Frogwell’s new Headteacher Rachel Neville, left, and pupils) to discuss the problem of plastic litter waste.

Back in the summer term, the children learnt about the problem of plastic pollution and how it affects their local area. After a walk around the town, the children wrote to Michelle to find out what was being done to improve plastic litter and waste, particularly along the Chippenham riverside. Their fantastic letter-writing skills were rewarded with a visit from the MP who gave them a presentation about how this problem is being tackled. The children also had an opportunity to find out more about the work of an MP and to ask questions about her job.

“It was wonderful for the children to have this experience of local democracy in action and begin to understand the concept of an MP’s accountability to their constituents,” said Rachel. “As a school we believe it is so important to prepare pupils for their future as citizens and Michelle’s visit really allowed the class to grasp how they can help make a positive difference in our world.”