Parliament Workshop for KS2, June 2016

Ros, from the Parliament Education Service, came into school to talk to the Key Stage 2 children all about our government.  She firstly told the children about the structure of parliament and then used three volunteers to demonstrate how bills are made.  This is a process called 'parliamentary ping-pong' where the bill starts in the Commons, goes to the Lords where it has to receive at least 50% of the votes to then move onto the Queen to be signed.  A debate was then held about whether homework should be banned until Year 7, with a 'Madame Speaker' asking contributors to speak from the floor.  A vote was then held and it was decided that homework was a good idea and should be kept.  Finally, the children worked in small teams to come up with a name and manifesto proposing a fun learning idea in school.  There were some excellent ideas but the one which won was the 'Design your own car' idea from the Catchy Car Party.

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