Yesterday our current Key Stage 2 School Council members as well as last years representatives, went to Westminster to visit the Houses of Parliament.
We were fortunate enough to be given a guided tourwhere we were very excited to be walking in thepath of some of the great historical figures of kings, queens and political leaders. First, we visited Westminster Hall. We learnt so many interesting facts, forexample: the Queen’s chair is higher than everybody else as nobody is allowed to sit at the same height as her; the Queen is not allowed in the House of Commons; and the angels in the House of Lords are made of pure gold.
Our next stop was
sitting in the gallery of both Houses where we were fascinated to see
the democratic process in action and experience real life politics
that we had only seen before on the television.
After that, it was time to take
part in a workshop about how the election process works. We were able to
participate in our own mini-election where we
had the chance to experience what it is like to be a candidate and a voter. We
split into four groups as competing political parties and created our
own manifestos. Once each party had presented its manifesto we held an
election using a ballot box. and finished with the naming of our own Prime
Minister- Well done, Enrico!
The visit ended with a personalvisit from Jo Johnson, our local MP, who was very good at describinghis role and answering all of our questions. Botha fun and great learning experience for all involved!