Year 5 and 6 visit to Houses of Parliament

  During the first week of February the Year 5 and 6 children were privileged to be able to have a tour and attend a workshop in the Houses of Parliament, along with a visit to Whitehall and Westminster Abbey. The children were all very excited as they left very early in the morning and soon the London skyline with the iconic view of Big Ben came into view as we travelled along the Chelsea embankment. The children went on a very informative tour of the Houses of Parliament having access to the throne room, House of Lords and the public gallery to watch a live debate in the House of Commons. It was very exciting for them to see the debate and a few famous politicians asking and answering questions. After there was a workshop where they were able to identify a law they would like to have passed and debate its merits and flaws. One of the   groups also had a question and answer session with our local MP Jack Lopresti. After this there was a walk around Parliament Square, down Whitehall to Downing Street and Horse Guards Parade. They were also lucky to visit Westminster Abbey and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Elizabeth I. It was a great day and linked to our focus on democracy in school this term.