Year 5 London
Preparations are under way for our next trip to London.
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Mr Coombs will be holding a parent meeting after half term to provide you with more information.
What an amazing time we had in London!!!!
Year 5 children and staff enjoyed an amazing few days down in London! We were all certainly blessed with glorious weather and even managed to get a bit of tan!
After an early start of 4:30am we arrived at Harry Potter World and enjoyed a tour of the studio to see the sets, costumes and characters. Following this our amazing coach driver, Derrick, drove us into the centre of London and gave us a brief tour of some of the sites!
We arrived at our hotel and settled into our rooms and after a very filling tea we enjoyed a Harry Potter Quiz – each team had a special mascot, knitted by our very own Mrs Askew. It was lots of fun and the children surprised the staff with how much they all knew!
After a tasty breakfast (some of us ate three rounds of breakfast!) we met Suzanne our Guide for the next two days.
Our first stop was to Trafalgar Square, then we walked down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. It was lovely to see it all in the beautiful sunshine. We had a casual walk through the park down to the Horse Guard’s Parade and then saw Downing Street and the Cenotaph. We then boarded the boat for a trip down the Thames. Whilst eating our lunch we saw lots of important landmarks – London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, The Millennium Bridge, The Globe Theatre and the Tate Gallery. As we approached Tower Bridge we got ready to get off for our visit to the Tower of London.
We all loved the Tower of London – we saw the Ravens, the Crown Jewels and all the past royal families suits of armour. Henry VIII’s costume was huge!
After purchasing a few souvenirs we were met by Derrick who took us the Rainforest Café for huge portions of pizza, burgers, pasta, chips and ice cream. Then it was time to drive to the Lyceum Theatre to watch the Lion King! It was amazing and we all sat in awe at the costumes! Some of us even had a little snooze - well it had been a long day!
Friday was an early start after another yummy breakfast we were off to St Paul’s Cathedral. We explored the crypt and then got to venture into the main building. It was amazing lying on the floor and looking up to the heights of the huge dome. Then came our adventure – to climb 528 steps to the top of the dome and view London from the top. It certainly was a challenge and very high! But totally worth it when we go to the top. Suzanne then took us all to the Millennium bridge – which was used in the Harry Potter films!
Next stop was the London Eye! After a picnic at the bottom we boarded two pods on the ultimate ride to view London. It was brilliant! As it was yet another glorious sunny day we could see for miles and thoroughly enjoyed pointing out places we had seen and visited.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the children for being so brilliant whilst away! They were praised throughout the visit by members of the public, staff at venues and residents at the hotel for their exemplary behaviour, manners and conduct. The staff could not be prouder of them!
Also a huge thank you to the staff who attended – there has been lots of super comments from parents and the children for making the visit exciting and memorable.
Finally, we would like to share a lovely email we received from Derrick our coach driver – who was an absolute star providing us with quizzes for the journey, facts about London and making us laugh:
My Name is Derrick and I've worked for Hodsons Coaches of Clitheroe for a number of years, I was asked my employers to take Peel Park Primary School to London. I would just like to say how very well behaved the children from Peel Park school were, the children and their teachers were an absolute pleasure to take to London, they are a credit to your school, I look forward to returning to your school in the near future.’