Wow – what an amazing trip! The Palace of Westminster is an incredible building full of history, royalty and law! Today we visited the Houses of Parliament as a class to see where our MPs and peers meet to represent us and debate new laws. During the morning, we visited both the House of Lords and the House of Commons and learnt about what it is like to work there.
Having been studying the story of Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot this term, it was inspiring to stand above the very spot where he hoarded explosives hundreds of years before. We were surrounded by portraits of Kings and Queens of the past, and statues of former Prime Ministers towered above us as we stood in the lobby. We saw where the suffragettes chained themselves in protest against being denied the vote.
In the afternoon we consolidated our learning about what happens in parliament with a quiz and by planning a campaign of our own! Using campaigning methods such as petitions, protests and even a campaign bus we tried to convince the public, the Minister and a Baroness to support our cause.
Did we enjoy ourselves? A resounding “Aye”!