Some West Norfolk students have been finding out how big national decisions are made during a visit to Parliament.
The 57 Key Stage 2 pupils from Heacham Junior and Snettisham Primary Schools enjoyed a tour of Westminster Palace before visiting the House of Commons.
“We were lucky enough to witness the Speaker’s procession into the House of Commons,” said teacher Kate Watson.
“The Speaker was accompanied by the Sergeant at Arms carrying the mace.”
“The children climbed the King’s Stairs to visit the House of Lords, and stood within the House of Lords looking at the historical statues, King’s golden chair, and red leather debating platform,” explained Ms Jackson. “After this, pupils were taken to the Great Hall, where the Queen had lain in state.
“At the end of the tour, pupils sat in the viewing balcony in the House of Commons watching a live debate on defence led by Grant Shapps and featuring James Wild.”
Mr Wild, MP for NW Norfolk, joined his young constituents after they had participated in their own debate in the Education Centre, where he answered questions about life as an MP.
“During our simulated debate, the children stood and waited to be asked to contribute by the speaker (Harry from Heacham), just as an MP would in the House of Commons,” continued Mrs Watson.
“It was amazing to see how immersed all the children were in the entire experience.”
The MP spent 20 minutes with the children before returning to the House of Commons to vote.
“The pupils were fascinated by their experiences, and Harry from Heacham Juniors wanted to know what James enjoyed most about being an MP,” said Ms Jackson.
“Alfie from Snettisham asked him which MP he admired the most, and Jessica from Snettisham asked about his daily routines. It was clear that James was very busy!”
It was the first time some of the children had visited the capital, and the trip was also a first for the two schools.
“The visit was inspired by being involved in UK Parliament Week in 2022 and because of the strong links made with British Values through our knowledge-rich curriculum,” continued Ms Jackson.
“As part of the curriculum, pupils have learnt about kings, queens and parliament. They also learn about equality, rights and British values across the nation.”