A visit from the Scottish Parliament

A visit from the Scottish Parliament

 A visit from the Scottish Parliament

This term we have been learning about the Scottish Parliament.  We have learned about democracy, devolution, MSPs' roles, voting, debating and committess. We were visited by an education officer from the parliament - it was great.  She tested us on our knowledge of Hollyrood issues - we had to vote using handheld devices!  She also ran an election for us.  The class was split in to 6 groups - all different parties.  We then had to think of what we would PROMISE  in our manifesto.  We needed a leader that would be really confident and persuasive!  We then cast our votes, put them in a ballot box and waited until the end of the lesson when the result was announced.

   

 

To help us learn about debates, we also had a class debate about weather the school week should be reduced to 4 days.  Innes got appointed as the 'Presiding Officer' - an important job to keep the peace in the debating chamber.  We all had to stand when he entered the room.  He called on us for our opinions - we only had 30 seconds!  He then closed the debate and asked us to cast our votes using our devices.  The class voted 'NO' to the motion.  This means it cannot be raised in parliament for at least another year!  Innes closed the session by wacking the hammer on Mrs Jamieson's desk.

WHAT A NOISE!

  

We had a great afternoon and learned loads!