Year 8 spent a full two days in
London 24-25th November, with the highlight of the trip being a tour
around the Houses of Parliament. The children started in Westminster Hall built
in 1099 by William Rufus (son of William the Conqueror) and then through the
Victorian additions. We weaved our way through the corridors (although not
thankfully all four miles of them) to the Queen’s Robing Room and the Royal
Gallery. Here we spotted our first Lord, Lord Puttman, followed by Dame Tanni
Grey-Thompson, a multi-gold medalist and Britain's most successful ever paralympian, who
took time to chat with the children.
As well as finding out about the workings of Government, the group led by
Mr. Phillips, took a river taxi to Greenwich. We all managed to stand on the
Prime Meridian, much to the delight of the children’s Geography teacher! On
return west, we alighted at the Tower of London and managed a glance at the
remaining poppies before walking through the city mile to Monument, where we
climbed the 311 steps to the panoramic views.
We started the second day exploring the Tate Modern on the South bank. The
work by Richard Tuttle: I
Don’t Know, The Weave of Textile Language certainly was a talking point.
Two other highlights were
the food at Wagamama’s and a trip to Leicester Square where we saw a film on
Monday evening. Finally we spent our last few hours in the British Library. The
‘Treasure’s Room’ Year 8 were quick to find the Magna Carta, which had been
mentioned earlier in the day and finished with enjoying the stamp collection
stored in pull out screens.
The Year 8 children were great company and we hope this short taste of
London will encourage them to enjoy their capital city in the future.