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St. Chad's Catholic Primary School, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, Dudley

Event - Year 6 Visit to Parliament

7 March 2017

Year 6 had an early start on Tuesday 7th March, as they had to be at school for 6.30am to get on the coach for London. It was a long journey (four hours!) but well worth it as they had a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

The coach dropped them off at Black Rod's Garden. After a long security check, they were led into the Palace of Westminster. They learnt about the three parts of Parliament: The House of Commons, The House of Lords and the Monarch. The children visited both Houses sitting in the Viewer's Gallery to see the debates that were taking place. It was a real privilege and all of Year 6 enjoyed it.

The second part of the visit was a workshop on how laws are made. The children had a mini quiz then later suggested ideas which they debated and voted on, in the same way as real laws are made.

The children walked from Parliament down Westminster Bridge to get to McDonalds for lunch – which everyone was excited and ready for, as it had been a long day!

The coach got them back to school at about 6:45 pm - it was a lengthy day, but a very educational one!

On the steps in Westminster Hall.
Ian Austin, our local MP, explained law making to the children.

The children held a debate about prisons.
It was a lovely day to have lunch outside.