Class 5's Trip to the Capital!
Class 5 had a truly marvellous time visiting our nation's fine capital recently, getting the chance to visit the headquarters of The Guardian newspaper and have a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament!
This very long and eventful day full of the magnificent sights and sounds of London began with a 5:30am arrival at a very dark Bosbury for a pre-6:00am departure, and it remained dark for a good long while as Class 5, Mr. Thompson, Miss Cooke and Mr. Ponter hit the motorway for the long journey ahead of them. Do you recognise any of the faces in these photos taken before dawn?
After several hours of driving however our intrepid travellers had arrived at Guardian HQ, where they were taken through a very posh and modern building to the education centre overlooking a canal as they then took part in an extremely interesting workshop based on being able to distinguish the difference between real and fake news - a very hot topic in current affairs at the moment!
Inspired by the Fake or For Real videos which they had just watched, the class then got into groups to plan, prepare, write and direct their very own clips to the class, and Jan at The Guardian was extremely impressed with how confident and well-prepared the presentations were - especially considering the 5:30am start!
After a quick stop for lunch as the pupils got to dine in the same swish area as the country's top reporters and journalists...
... it was time to take to the streets once more as the coach battled through the 3.5 miles of inner London congestion to get to the Palace of Westminster.
After a brief bout of sightseeing and a few further photo opps, it was time for a fascinating guided tour of the central hub of our nation's political scene, including a stroll through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, venturing down the corridors where MPs go to vote on important issues such as that 'B' word which seems to be in the news a lot recently, as well as filing past the various statuettes of past Prime Ministers such as Thatcher, Macmillan, Churchill and Attlee in the main lobby.
Although the children were a little disappointed not to bump into Boris Johnson PM at this particularly intriguing time in our country's political history, their interest in all the many sights in these hallowed buildings showed that we could well have some future MPs in the making!
A HUGE thank you to Mr. Thompson for all of his hard work in organizing such an incredible trip, and to Miss Cooke and Mr. Ponter for accompanying the children and being on hand to provide the all-important first aid.
Remember to stay tuned to the news as the latest Brexit affairs continue to unfold!