Visit to Houses of Parliament
Last Friday, Year 3 walked along the banks of the Thames to the Houses of Parliament.
They entered (through an awful lot of security, a bit like an airport) and had a tour of the buildings. The class looked around the House of Lords, the Central Lobby and St Steven’s Hall. When the children entered the House of Commons, they saw a real debate, where Members of Parliament were deciding the laws.
Next, the Year 3 children took part in a ‘Crown and Parliament’ workshop, where they discussed what democracy is and how people’s rights have changed since the time of King John. Through learning about events such as the signing of the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the rebuilding of The Palace of Westminster and the modern day State Opening of Parliament, pupils explored how the relationship between the monarchy and UK Parliament has changed over time. The class had a great time and really enjoyed finding out about how our country is ruled.