The children learnt so much from the educational visit that much of credit must go to the staff at the Houses of Parliament, who led the sessions there. They delivered the sessions with such enthusiasm and appropriateness, which enabled the children to access the information at the correct level. The plastic crown and the toy dog that were used by the children during the walk throughout the building were great assets in bringing the building’s history to life for them. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking turns wearing the crown and holding the dog!
Mrs Osbourne, Mr Rimell and I would like to thank Mrs Labiche and Mrs Sheppard for accompanying us on the visit, and to the parents who also helped us make this visit possible.
Here are just a few of the children’s thoughts about the visit:
I saw lots of statues in the Houses of Parliament.
I enjoyed seeing the Great Hall and learning about the fire.
I enjoyed seeing the Big Ben and going on the train.
I enjoyed seeing the Queen’s royal chair and her dressing room.
I learnt about the room that has green chairs, it is called the House of Commons. I also liked going on the train.
I saw lots of patterns on the tiles. I enjoyed making my own gold tile.
I saw the House of Lords, all the chairs were red. It was fun to see them. I want to go there again!
I learnt that the Houses of Parliament is a great palace and it had a fire. After the fire there was one room left, it was called the Great Hall.
We learnt about the fire.
There was a dog, called Chance, who helped in the fire.
He (the dog) smelt the fire and barked as loud as he could.
I learnt that people went there to watch the fire – like watching a tv programme.
I learnt that the lion represents England and the unicorn represents Scotland.