We are the Junior Leaders of our school, we hope you enjoy looking at the blog about our school trip to the Houses of Parliament.
We travelled into London by public transport. When we arrived at Westminster station the Houses of Parliament was right there in front of us. We looked up and saw the clock tower that is actually called the Elizabeth Tour and Big Ben is the name of the bell! The Houses of Parliament are built next to the River Thames.
On arrival at the Houses of Parliament we went through an airport style security check before we were allowed in. Then we met our guide who was waiting to show us around. But just before that Ellie Reeves MP came to meet us, which was an extra special treat. Ellie Reeves is our MP and she has previously visited us at school. We were able to ask her lots of questions. We found out how she got into politics and became the MP for Lewisham West and Penge.
We learnt that the Houses of Parliament is made up of three parts, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and The Monarch.
We were fortunate enough to be able to sit in the gallery and watch and listen to a live debate in the House of Commons and saw lots of MPs hard at work. MP stands for Member of Parliament.
At the end of the tour we took part in a workshop where we were divided up into constituencies and given an opportunity to develop a manifesto, take part in an election and vote for party leaders. It was great to be able to have a say in how we would like to see the country run and persuade people to vote for us. We do have really good ideas. Unfortunately we have to wait until we are 18 to get the chance to vote.