After learning how the House of Commons works, (and even watching some clips of live debate),
Owls chose a bill to debate. We arranged the classroom to imitate the seating of the House of Commons, chose a speaker (Oscar) and MPs to present the bill and speak against it. The debate took off and all children choose to add their views to the debate for and against the bill. Eventually, they had to vote “aye” or “no”; a division of the house took place then the votes were counted by the tellers. Miss Brind will be pleased to learn that the bill: “To give children a legal right to wear their own clothes to school” was voted against by the majority of Owls’ ‘MPs’.
“I think voting using MPs from around the country is a good thing, as everyone gets to have their say, whether you are from Land’s End or Edinburgh, people are equal.” Isobel Y6
“I think it was really interesting and exciting to see what it was like being an MP.” Lily Y6
“I like the way Parliament is run, because only one person can speak at a time, which means no-one is shouting over anyone.” Ruby Y6
“I think our debate was really interesting, and at the end it started to sound and look like a real debate.” Nell Y6
“I thought a debate was just an argument, but it was a lot more complex and more fun.” Marcus Y5
“I think parliamentary debates are good because people have a say in what they think the law should be about.” Toby Y6