On Wednesday and Thursday 13th/14th September a group of adults and year 6 pupils from Burlington took an educational visit to London. After an early start and a good journey we arrived in the capital, full of excitement and anticipation.
We made our way straight to the Houses of Parliament where we were allowed access to the chamber of The House of Lords and Westminster Hall, amongst other places. The children also undertook an educational workshop where our local MP, Greg Knight, was in attendance.
After a picnic lunch we made our way to Downing Street where we were allowed access to the famous ‘No 10’ door. It was a very special moment for all.
Next we dropped our bags at HMS Belfast and made our way to the magnificent London Eye. The children were absolutely in awe, some beat their fears to take the ride which was really empowering for them. It was a spectacular view over London and the surrounding area.
A McDonalds tea followed, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We then caught the tube over to Leicester Square to enjoy the theatre show Matilda. It was absolutely fantastic. After a very long day we returned to the ship, had a brief safety briefing and all hit the bunks!
Day two began with breakfast, a tour of HMS Belfast and a historical workshop which the children found absolutely fascinating. They created their own museum on the ship and thoroughly enjoyed learning and teaching each other facts about the ship.
Later, we enjoyed a visit to The Tower of London and another amazing workshop, re-enacting the Battle of Hastings in the grounds of the Tower, overlooked by the Shard. It was the ultimate outdoor learning experience! A visit to the crown jewels rounded off our trip before we made our way back to the station and travelled home.
What an absolutely spectacular trip! Everyone thoroughly loved it all, with comments like, ‘It is the best experience I have ever had!’ Many people who encountered our pupils commented on how well behaved and engaged in learning they were which made all the adults present and everybody at school very proud. Well done to all who attended. Many thanks to Lisa and all at Hull Children’s University.