On Friday 13th July, the School Councillors, along with Miss Allon, Miss Cameron and Miss Angus went on a day trip to London. The day started very early, at Durham Train Station. The children enjoyed a relaxing train journey to London, where they played card games, read books and shared some snacks.
When arriving in London, the group made their way to Green Park via the Underground. Following this, the School Councillors walked through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where they were lucky enough to watch the changing of the guards. They even enjoyed marching alongside them on their way to The Houses of Parliament for their workshop.
Whilst in the Houses of Parliament, the children watched a 15 minute 360 degree high production film taking them through key events in the changing history of UK Parliament. They then explored the Palace of Westminster, learning about the work of Parliament today. The group were lucky enough to also spend time in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, although Miss Allon was not allowed to take any photographs in this area! The tour gave the children the opportunity to reflect on what the UK Parliament of the future might look like and their relationship to that change.
Following their workshop, the children enjoyed a delicious packed lunch, provided by our local MP Liz Twist. After lunch, the children were full of energy again and ready to take in some of the sights along the River Thames. The first ‘sight’ the group saw was the giant inflatable Donald Trump, which certainly made them laugh! Next the children enjoyed watching street performers beneath the London Eye and eating a cooling ice cream next to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Their amazing day ended at Tower Bridge, where they got the tube back to King’s Cross.
An amazing day was had by all as the photographs below show!