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Houses of Parliament visit

Posted on: 21 Nov 2019 by Weston Green School

Houses of Parliament visit

Last week, some of our pupils enjoyed a special visit to the Houses of Parliament. Read a report written by Ben H (Year 5), with contributions from other pupils:

Year 5, School Council and Debating Club went to the Houses of Parliament in London on 12th November.

When we reached the Education Centre, we met our guides for the tour. With the tour underway and the giant archway entrance left behind, we came to our first stop, the Robing Room! This is where the Queen prepares to enter the House of Lords. We actually walked through the same doors she would when she comes to open Parliament! The Prince's Room, where the Lords get ready to enter, was the next stop on this fanatic tour the House of Lords. These rooms were covered in gold and had the most magnificent decoration! This is where the Lords (who get picked for being excellent at one subject) debate the laws but not as much as the MPs.

Next up, was where the MPs get ready. This room had statues of famous Prime Ministers such as Winston Churchill and Margret Thatcher. It was exciting to enter the House of Commons, which is much smaller in real life than it is on the TV, where the MPs of every Constituency, debate the laws. It isn't always calm as the House of Lords and the Speaker often has to yell "Order!". We weren’t allowed to sit down but we could stand in the exact place where Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn give their speeches (it might be one of us one day!).  

The tour finished in the 1,000 year-old hall built by William the Conqueror. It was, of course, the infamous Westminster Hall. It has been used as a dining hall many times and Henry VIII used it as a tennis court! Hopefully, a memory like this will live in our memories forever (until one of us becomes Prime Minister, of course!).

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