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A free downloadable lesson plan aimed at students aged 14-16. It introduces the idea that a key function of Parliament is to make and amend law and details the various different stages a bill must pass through to become law.
SEND accessible versions are also available on this page.
Additional differentiated resources for SEND pupils include:
Students must (all):
- Know that laws are made in Parliament and that draft laws are called bills.
- That bills pass through many stages of consultation and discussion before becoming a law and that this is a key part of the democratic law-making process.
- Know the main stages of a bill passing through Parliament.
- Evaluate critically different ideas and viewpoints including those with which they do not necessarily agree.
- Know that these stages of a bill passing through Parliament shape what the final law looks like as it goes through changes and amendments along the way.
Resources accompanying this lesson plan include a power point presentation and downloadable worksheets to support classroom activities.
How Laws are Made presentation
A powerpoint outlining the key stages of making a law.
How Laws Are Made lesson plan - Word version
Activities and worksheets.
How Laws are Made lesson plan (SEND accessible)
Use with SEND students.
How Laws are Made presentation (SEND accessible)
A differentiated powerpoint outlining the key stages of making a law.
Sorting exercise and word mat
Differences between laws and rules and a pre-learning vocabulary word mat.
Additional worksheets (SEND accessible)
Pre-learning vocab sheet, Stages of a Bill sorting activity and a For and Against worksheet.