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An overview of our day at the Houses of Parliament. 

A collection of children from years 4, 5 and 6 were fortunate enough to visit the Houses of Parliament, have a tour of the Palaces, observe two live debates and take part in a parliamentary workshop creating their own law and debating on whether or not the bill should be passed. 


It was a wonderful day and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were able to see two Live debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords discussing the topical debate of leaving the European Union. It was wonderful to see the children replicate what they had seen in the House of Commons when they were carrying out their debating workshop. 

Visiting the Houses of Parliament January 2020

Autumn Debate 2019

We had a wonderful opportunity to discuss the Houses of Parliament and what we already know about our MPs and the role that they play within our lives. 
The children took part in several debating activities to celebrate Parliament Week and even made suggestions as to what they would like to debate next time round. 

David Allen, who is a lecturer from Hertfordshire University, has had several sessions here at Howe Dell teaching our A,G&T pupils who are skilled in Art and Science, how the two topics can combine together. He has spent time using the different natural resources that we have on site to inspire the children's art work through various different mediums. 

Art and Science workshops

Democracy in our local Environment

Our local Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen visited Howe Dell to quiz us about democracy and how we can recognise it in our local area. It was lovely to see the children recall key information about political parties and it demonstrated their wide understanding of the world around them. 

A, G & T Art workshop- creating stories through books.

We were extremely fortunate to have a visit from Mrs Davies who is a head teacher at a school in Harpenden. Mrs Davies not only brought her enthusiasm with her, but she also brought he creativity and artistic imagination. The end results from the day are fantastic and I know the children thoroughly enjoyed developing news skills and applying this to their work. 
Well done to all. 

Spring debate- Should all classes be given a class pet to care for?

We started our termly debate session with the notion of fairness and equality. The children were able to justify their opinions well and begun to think about how others can impact our choices. 

For our debate motion, we considered if each class should have their own pet. Their was both independent and group discussions before the children were asked to voice their opinions for either the 'opposers' or the 'proposers'. Once all opinions from both sides had been voiced and the audience had also been heard, it was time for the children to cast their votes. 

13 nays to the 4 ayes meant that we will just keep Charlie our Nurture dog for now. 

National Young Mathematicians

Diya, Yavhi, Tapi and Adam from Year 6 all participated in the National Young Mathematicans challenge this term and have made it through to the next round!

Houses of Parliament

What the children had to say about their trip to the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs Woolfe very kindly organised a trip to the Houses of Parliament this term to develop children's debating skills but also to gain a greater understanding of how laws are made in this England. The children had a wonderful tour of the historic building and got to witness a live debate where local Members of Parliament were discussing a bill. 

They then got to take part in a quiz to see what they had learnt on their tour and from there, they then carried out their own debate where they developed upon the skills that they had seen the MPs use just a moment ago in the House of Commons. 
A wonderful day was had by all pupils who attended. See above for their views on the day. 

Year 5 and 6 School Election

The children have had a very busy week learning about the election process. All our pupils from Year 5 and 6 took part in creating their own political party, deciding on a manifesto and then presenting these to over 100 pupils and staff. They did exceptionally well and were able to develop their debating and persuading skills. 

Thank you to the pupils from St. Philip Howard School, Birchwood School and Oakview School; It was wonderful to see you join the pupils from Howe Dell in a reading enrichment workshop filled with reading between the lines, deciding what makes reading 'reading' to you and then sharing your favourite author's work. The children had a very busy day culminating in an afternoon of drama activities based on Roald Dahl's 'The Witches'. 

A wonderful day was had by all, and we all now have a few more recommendations of books to read over the coming weeks...

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