Making laws workshop and tour

Making laws workshop and tour
A workshop and tour of the Houses of Parliament focusing on how laws are made.

About making laws workshops

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.

The visit begins with an awe-inspiring tour of the Palace of Westminster which introduces the concepts of democracy and representation along with the essential vocabulary students will need to talk about Parliament.

Because the Palace is the home of our working Parliament we cannot always show you everything.

Your visit might include:

  • The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.

After the tour the action moves to one of our comfy workshop spaces. Here the session begins with an interactive plenary quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all students and consolidate the primary learning outcomes of the tour.

KS2

For key stage 2 students the specific focus of this session is how Parliament makes laws. Pupils come up with ideas for bills to present to Parliament and simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play. The group participates in debates and votes along the way, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.

KS3

For key stage 3 students the specific focus of this session is how Parliament makes laws. Pupils come up with ideas for bills to present to Parliament and simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play. The group participates in a debate where they may have to understand and represent views with which they may not agree, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.

KS4-5

For key stage 4 and 5 students the specific focus of this session is how Parliament makes laws so students choose either anti-social behaviour or climate change as the subject of a prospective bill. Through the course of the session students consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the monarch shape our laws and evaluate the role played by Parliamentary processes.

 

NB: For this programme your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit and we find that this is possible around 60% of the time.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK students from Key Stage 2 to 5

Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)

Dates: See 'How to Book' section below

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Tours with Making Laws workshops will run at the following times from Monday - Friday

09:30 - 11:45

09:45 - 12:00

10:00 - 12:15 (Monday & Friday only)

11:00 - 13:15

11:15 - 13:30

11:30 - 13:45 (Friday only)

12:30 - 14:45

12:45 - 15:00

13:00 - 15:15 (Friday only)

14:00 - 16:15

14:15 - 16:30

NB  These times will be dependent on other programmes running

How to book

Bookings for making laws workshops and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days. We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in:

  • Spring term for visits 5 January - 27 March 2015 is now fully booked
  • (NB : Education programmes will not run 16-20 February 2015)
  • Our next bookings day is :
  • Thursday 8 January 2015 for visits 13 April - 21 July 2015 (excluding 4 May, 18-20 May, 25 - 29 May and 1 - 3 June )
  • Lines open at 8:30 am
  • On the day please call 020 7219 4496 and we can only take requests via telephone, not email. 
     
    Before calling our telephone line on bookings day, make sure you know what to expect by reading ourinformation for bookings day
     
    Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit

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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate

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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs

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Related teaching resources

KS3-5, CITIZENSHIP, LAW, GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, WHITEBOARD

From Bill to Law - whiteboard resource

KS2-5, LAW, CITIZENSHIP, LESSON PLAN, WHITEBOARD

How to make a law - whiteboard resource

KS3-5, LAW, CITIZENSHIP, VIDEO

How is a law made? - video

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