Not only did the group of Elm Academy students delve into the history of the UK’s corridors of power but they also formed their own political parties and policies for the day.
And with the real-life General Election just around the corner, the group of eight, nine and ten year-olds made their own persuasive pitch for power.
From building more council houses to banning cigarettes, the youngsters debated with aplomb.
After their fun political workshop, the children got to meet a real-life politician when they met up with Bournemouth West MP, Conor Burns.
Conor Burns said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Elm Academy students to Parliament as I am a firm believer that you are never too young to get interested in politics.
“In fact it was a similar visit to the Houses of Parliament that I undertook myself when I was aged seven that inspired me to become an MP.
“The children had a great time debating and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a future politician among them.”
In addition to the workshop, the children toured the historic Palace of Westminster and learned about the history of the building, democracy, votes for women and how politics has changed over the years.
As part of their visit the children were also able to take in some famous London landmarks, including the London Eye, Parliament Square and Harrods.
Head of the Elm Academy, Helen Janda, said: “The children had a fantastic time in London and thoroughly enjoyed being politicians for the day.
“We believe it’s crucial that young people understand how the decisions that affect us all are made – and there’s no better way to learn this than seeing it in action and in the actual place where policies are made.”