Year 6 visit London

6th June 2013

Every year, Yr.6 visit our capital city London for the day. Mr and .Mrs. Wakenshaw kindly help us to achieve this by organising train booking and discounting the fares. We were very lucky this year to have had Mr. Wakenshaw drive our train to Kings Cross. When we arrived, he allowed us all in his cab, to study the complex controls and instruments needed to drive the train.

Then, after a short tube journey to Westminister, we were met by our own Lady Shipley and her husband, Lord John Shipley. After going through the security checks, we felt privileged, to have these special people taking us for a guided tour around the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  During our visit, we studied the history of the Great Hall of Westminister; some history of Charles the First; a copy of the Magna Carta; art works of great battles; the Queen’s role in Parliament and finally watched a debate in the Commons about the culling of Badgers. In addition to this, we were excited to visit the very spot where Guy Fawkes planted his gunpowder plot and to top it all, we were allowed to buy small gifts in the House of Lord’s Shop!  We thanked Lady and Lord Shipley and Lord Ben Stoneham for a totally wonderful day.   

After that, we had lunch on the embankment where we saw the River Thames, Big Ben, London Eye, The Chard and to finish off we visited Buckingham Palace and watched the changing of the guards.

Back at Kings Cross, we ate a ‘Big Mac’ and visited the Harry Potter Shop before boarding our train back to Newcastle.  Phew, what a day!