Please note: If you were looking for the 'You've Got the Power' films, you may have been redirected here as the animations have now been discontinued due to content becoming out of date. We hope you find this new set of films, 'An Introduction to Parliament', suitable for your needs. In the short term, you can still find the 'You've Got the Power' animations on the Parliament's Education Service YouTube playlist.

Description

This animation is an ideal starting point for introducing Parliament with key stage 2 students.

Time required: 8 minutes

The asset is also available to view in the following short chapters on YouTube to introduce specific lessons or activities. Please follow the links provided to watch:

 

Parliament Structure
Explores the function and makeup of the three parts that make up parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and the monarch.
Time required: 2.5 minutes

Making Laws
Explains the stages a proposal for a new law goes through to become an Act of Parliament.
Time required: 1 minute

Elections and Voting
Examines the UK general election exploring: our right to vote, how candidates and parties gain votes and what happens once elected.
Time required: 2 minutes

Your Voice
Looks at the alternative options available outside of voting to get your voice heard, covering how to contact MPs and Peers or petition and campaign on issues.
Time required: 1.5 minutes

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:

 

  • A brief history of UK Parliament
  • How the House of Commons, House of Lords and monarch combined form Parliaments structure.
  • The role of the House of Commons, House of Lords and monarch play in Parliament and their make-up.
  • How laws are made
  • How members to the House of Commons are elected and how the general election works.
  • How the public can engage in the democratic process and have a say in how the country is run.

 

For further learning we recommend the following resources:

 

An Introduction to Parliament – whiteboard resource
This teaching resource is a front-of-the-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.

The House of Lords -whiteboard resource
Test your students’ knowledge with this online quiz about the House of Lords. Then give them a virtual tour of the House of Lords chamber to find out who sits there and what role they play.
Time required: 15 minutes.

The House of Commons – whiteboard resource
Test your students’ knowledge with this online quiz about the House of Commons. Then give them a virtual tour of the House of Commons chamber to find out who sits there and what role they play.
Time required: 15 minutes.

Practical information

To view these videos you must be able to use YouTube in your classroom.

Whiteboard resources featured in the further learning section is optimised for use on interactive whiteboards. It requires Flash Player 9 or above and Javascript to be enabled.

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