On 18th December 2017, the school Debating Club
are visiting the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. It is where the Government
makes important decisions for the country. There are two houses: The House of
Commons and The House of Lords. The House of Commons is where the Government
and Opposition are based and The House of Lords is where people who have not
been elected - often Lords – alter and look over laws. One of the most
noticeable differences between the two houses is that The House of Commons has
green seats and The House of Lords has red seats.
There are two main political parties and a few smaller ones.
Every 5 years (or sooner) there is a General Election to see who gets into Parliament.
The two main parties are the Conservatives and the Labour Party. Other parties
include The Liberal Democrats, The Green Party, UKIP, Plaid Cymru, DUP and
Scottish National Party. The party that is currently in power is the
Conservatives and the Prime Minister is Theresa May. The MP for our local constituency
is Ruth Cadbury from Labour.
The tour will include a look inside a Public Gallery to
observe the MPs or Lord at work, a visit to the House of Commons and/or The
House of Lords and finally we will have a private meeting with Ruth Cadbury
herself. We will be shown around by a tour guide. We will see the Central
Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate and Westminster Hall, the
only remaining part of the original Palace.
As the Debating Club we are very interested in politics and
the decisions that are made which will affect our country so this is a very
exciting trip for us. Last year the Debating Club went to the Guardian and
Observer headquarters. We wrote a front page article and were given strict
deadlines. As a pair, we produced an eye-catching piece of work which is
displayed in the School Library. Now we are going on the second Debating Club
The Debating Club meet at 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. We are
team of Year 5 and 6s who discuss and of course, debate, world issues, politics
and pretty much everything. Last year we performed a debate in front of the
whole of the school about whether there should be more or the same amount of
Physical Education. The team that was proposing the motion of more P.E. won
(they were voted by the school). Also we did a general election in which ‘The
Equality Party’ won. We learn skills of reasoning and persuasion and use them
to our advantage when debating. We watch the news at the beginning of every session
and discuss it. We have all been selected by Mrs. Sharp (the Gifted &
Talented co-ordinator) hence it is by invitation only.
So we will write a report of the trip after the event. We
are both very excited and we’ll hopefully learn lots of new things about