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Our Year 6 children have just returned from an amazing visit to London, where they took in a whistle stop tour of all the main sites.  We were very lucky with the weather and although it was cold, the sun shone all day.  The main focus of this visit was the pre-arranged visit to the Houses of Parliament, which was the final stop of the day.

 

The children started off at the National History museum where they were blown away by the dinosaur section, especially the moving T-Rex.  Lots of pictures of the dinosaurs were taken so they could be shared with the Reception children, who are currently learning about dinosaurs. 

 

Buckingham Palace was the second stop on the tour, closely followed by a walk down The Mall before arriving at Trafalgar Square.  Only the bravest children dipped their fingers into the freezing cold fountain while the others craned their necks to look at Lord Nelson on top of his column.

 

Next we walked across Horse Guard Parade, through to Whitehall where we were just in time to see the mounted sentries changing over at the end of their shift.  It was a very formal affair and one of the foot soldiers stood right in front of us.

 

Further down Whitehall we peered through the gates of Downing Street, but it didn’t look like David Cameron was at home.  Instead we had chance to look at the police officers who guard the gates.  They were in full uniform with Semi-automatic Carbine, Pistols and Taser guns, the boys were very impressed. 

 

On the final part of our walk we passed Big Ben and Westminster Abbey before entering the Houses of Parliament.  We had to go through airport style security before entering the main hall, where we were met by our tour guides.  The children enjoyed the tour, especially the House of Commons and the beautiful gold thrown where Queen Elizabeth gives her speeches from.  The guides were fantastic and kept the children engaged through stories and facts the whole way round.

 

Throughout the whole day the children were a real credit to Heronswood.  They were polite and respectful and their impeccable behaviour was commented upon by two members of the public.

 

"London was amazing!  My favoutie part was visiting the Houses of Parliament because it was breathtaking, especially seeing where the Queen sits.  It was made out of pure gold and the throne was huge!  I would recommend the Houses of Parliament to everyone.  Thank you ever so much to all the staff for taking us.  We really appreciate it.  Thank you" -  MG Y5/6 NR

 "The London trip was amazing and my favourite part has to be the museum because of all the sculptures.  London was fascinating and Big Ben by night was was just incredible.  If I had the opportunity to go to London again I would because it is so lovely.  Thank you to all the teachers for taking and sharing the opportunity with us in London." CM Y5/6 NR