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By Sarah Fleming — writes non-fiction educational materials

Learning that the Queen doesn’t rule – we elect people to run the country; voting for a new classroom rule

You will need

Adult-size robe and crown (optional); wand or sceptre.

What to do

Explain briefly the Queen’s role in Britain’s Parliament – she reads out what the Government wants to do at the beginning of Parliament and signs and seals any new laws when they have been democratically debated and voted for by Members of Parliament. Talk about how MPs are voted for by all the adults in the UK.

Now tell the children that they are going to pretend to be Members of Parliament and debate and vote on a new classroom rule. You will be the Queen and read out the law.

First give the children two or three possible new classroom rules to choose between. Make sure that they are rules that you are happy for the class to have the final say about, and word them so that you can have a ‘yes/no’ vote.

When they have chosen a rule, sit the children in a circle and open the debate by reading out the rule in its proposed form, wearing a robe and crown if available. Then, using your wand or sceptre to indicate whose turn it is to speak, allow each child to say what they think of the suggested rule. When everyone has spoken, ask the children to vote for or against the rule. If the rule is voted for, you can write out the new rule and sign it.

Extension

Show the children pictures of five famous people and ask them to vote for which one they like best. Now ask the class to vote for which one they think would be best at running the country. Talk about the attributes that a Prime Minister needs. See if the vote changes. Ask the children to explain their choices.

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