Year 5/6 Houses of Parliament visit

 

Houses of Parliament visits

This week some pupils from Year 5 and 6 visited Parliament. All the pupils learnt about the process where laws are made and the impact of the Suffragette movement. One of our Year 6 pupils that attended, reported on the visit.

Would you believe it if I told you how some lucky children from Essex Primary School were when they went to the Houses of Parliament? Well, I am one of those pupils. I would like to share my whole experience.

I was really terrified to see armed policemen at the gates, but then I realized they were there for our safety and security. Before we entered, we had a spectacular view of the River Thames. A member of staff told us that we had been offered VIP visitors passes.

The first room we visited on our guided tour had a throne which had belonged to Queen Victoria. The second room was just above the place exactly where Guy Fawkes plotted to blow up Parliament, but we all know he failed. The third room contained enormous paintings of the Battle of Waterloo which amazed us, with portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

We all assembled in the middle of the building where it splits into two at Central lobby: The House of Lords and the House of Commons. The House of Lords has a gold plated chair where the Queen sits when she officially opens Parliament and red leather seats for all the Lords and Baronesses, whereas the seats in the House of Commons are green leather. The Queen is not allowed in the House of Commons, unfortunately.

We were allowed to participate in a workshop after our tour which gave us a chance to play some games and watch a film about “Suffragettes.” The film was projected onto three walls of the room. I learnt a lot about the Houses of Parliament on this trip. It was a splendid chance for any child to experience. It was very informative and beneficial. I was really overjoyed by the badge they offered us, which mentioned “Future Voter.”

Ashwaq 6Q