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The Year 6 children from Heronswood Primary School were invited to the Houses of Parliament last week to enjoy a tour of the historic building and find out more about the process of democracy in Britain.

 

The children were placed into groups and experienced the security protocols surrounding the Houses of Parliament before beginning the tour with a designated guide. They explored the Palace of Westminster, the House of Commons, the House of Lords and were able to observe many original works of art. The children learned more about the democratic process and how voting procedures actually take place. They discovered where the expressions of ‘toe the line’ and ‘the division bell’ came from, as they are used to give instructions in the Houses of Parliament. 

 

Following the tour of The Houses of Parliament, the children enjoyed lunch with a lovely view of the London Eye. They then walked away from Westminster, towards Downing Street, past Horse Guard’s Parade, past Trafalgar Square, through St. James’s Park and along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. Luckily, the children were able to see the preparations which were being made in those areas of the city for the celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the Trooping of the Colours. The Union flags lined the Mall and the gardeners were busy arranging bedding plants which were appropriately coloured in red, white and blue. The city was naturally very busy, but there was an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement, ahead of the forthcoming celebrations. 

 

Throughout the day, the children were an absolute credit to Heronswood Primary School and wore their uniform with pride. They listened carefully to all of the information given and learned a great deal about our capital city. 

 

“London was fantastic! I enjoyed learning all the facts about the Houses of Parliament, particularly about the Queen not being allowed into the House of Commons.” Dan, Y6 BK

“It was an amazing visit. I loved looking at all of the buildings, especially Buckingham Palace.” Bradley, Y6 TM

“The buildings are massive compared to Kidderminster. It was great to look at the real thing, instead of looking at pictures on television.” Jorja and Alexis, Y6 TM