What is the House of Commons? Find out with this short animation, an ideal starting point for introducing the House of Commons with students aged 11-19. Explore the history, role, work and membership of the Commons and how Government is held to account.
Time required: 3.5 minutes to view the film, plus time allocated for follow up work
Students will learn:
- A brief history of UK Parliament and how the House of Commons was established.
- How Members of the House of Commons are elected.
- Criteria to stand as a candidate.
- What the House of Commons does.
- What Government does and what the key roles are.
- The role of MPs.
- How Government is held to account through Prime Minister and Minister’s questions and select committees.
For further learning we recommend the following resources:
The House of Commons whiteboard resource
Online quiz and virtual tour of the House of Commons to find out who sits there and what role they play.
Time required: 15 minutes
MP for a Week game
Award winning game which allows students into the shoes of a backbench MP. They will learn about all aspects of an MP’s role from debating to meeting constituents and about the pressures they face.
Time required: 35 minutes
An Introduction to Parliament whiteboard resource
Classroom guide to the House of Commons, House of Lords and monarch. It explores how the UK is governed and how Parliament works and presents the difference between Parliament and Government.
To view these videos you must be able to use YouTube in your classroom.