Today, pupil council arrived at school bright and early ready to travel to Westminster to visit the Houses of Parliament. We travelled by train and underground and Mrs Carpenter taught us how to read the map so that we knew where we were travelling. When we arrived at Westminster station, we were really excited to see the Houses of Parliaments. We had to go to security and were given clearance to go in. We began by visiting the House of Commons and seeing where the MPs have their debates. It was really interesting seeing where the politicians sit and finding out what happens. As today is Wednesday, they were staring to set up for Prime Minister’s question time. We then went to visit the oldest part of the house which is over 900 years old. After that, we were taken to the House of Lords. Here we saw the throne where the queen delivers her speech to open parliament and found out all about what happens there. We then took part in a law and debating workshop where we had the chance to decide on a new law and vote as if we were in the House of Commons and House of Lords. What an interesting experience!
As it was a sunny day, we then had lunch and walked back to the station through St James’s Park where we saw some swans and pelicans. The children were fantastic representatives of the school and now have a very good understanding of how laws are made in the United Kingdom.