On Wednesday 10th October, Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the Houses of Parliament. Whilst we were there, we visited The House of Lords and learnt lots of interesting facts about Parliament.
We also took part in a mock general election where we experienced what it is like to be a candidate and voter. The concept of the constituency was defined and explained before pupils were divided into competing political parties to create their own manifestos.
Once each party had presented its manifesto to the group, we held our election using a real ballot box. The successful candidates from each constituency formed the ‘House of Commons’ and the difference between Parliament and Government is reinforced.
Finally, our MP, Karen Buck came and spoke to us before we left.
We had an excellent day.