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Hannah, Sophie and Paul, P1 and P2, talk to Julia Belgutay about why children need to go to school

Hannah, Sophie and Paul, P1 and P2, talk to Julia Belgutay about why children need to go to school

Sophie: We have to go because we learn things.

Hannah: And if you didn't learn, you wouldn't be good at maths when you grow up.

Sophie: And you wouldn't know how to spell anything. Like cat. C-A-T. That's easy!

Paul: And also sometimes you could play with your friends that might go to the same school as you.

Sophie: And I might fall off my chair. If you didn't go to school you couldn't do spelling.

Hannah: You wouldn't know how to use the computer properly.

Sophie: You need all those things for safekeeping.

Paul: You might have to, like, answer maths questions or write something, and if you didn't go to school you would have no idea what to do.

Hannah: And you wouldn't be able to write and you wouldn't be able to colour within the lines.

Paul: When you are grown up, you could get a document where you might have to write something.

Sophie: Or you could be a teacher. I am going to be a teacher. No, I'm not. Yes, I am.

Paul: You would probably have to go to school if you were going to be a doctor.

Hannah: You would have to go to university to be a doctor and learn how to work and how to tell patients what's wrong with them and stuff.

Sophie: If Hannah was the doctor and I was green.

Hannah: And if I didn't go to university or school, I wouldn't know what was wrong.

Paul: I can't think of any jobs where you don't need to go to school.

Hannah: Hoovering. Laundry.

Paul: I could count up to 10 before I came to school, but not up to 100. I understand sometimes when people say they don't want to go to school. I sometimes don't want to go.

Hannah: One of my friends in the playground said to me: "I want something to crush down the school, like a massive chocolate cake". And I said no, that wouldn't work, because the school is too strong. I have learned a lot since I came to school. I learned how to spell and make words.

Paul: And we have learned how to make fossils.

Sophie: I can spell rat and cat. That's easy.

Paul: Sometimes I now write at home. But I don't like it that much. Sometimes in school you have to write loads, like a story, and it takes like forever. I think you probably need to go to school for about seven years until you know everything.

Sophie: How about 99 years?

Hannah: I think until you are an adult.

Paul: Seven years probably in primary school, and then you can go to high school.

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