What a few days!
Class 4 had an exhausting yet absolutely fantastic and eye opening time in London. They experienced things they may never have before, pushed themselves to boundaries they never knew existed and all while having fun.
Monday was a very long day for our little travellers. After a 5.30 am start, it was an excitable train journey into the heart of London. Once we arrived, Class 4 had already been presented with their first challenge! They had to dodge, duck and dive past the people of London on the way to their first tube experience – they did this brilliantly. The next step was to conquer the London Underground, again this was no problem for the children of Class 4. All aboard we were, on our way to the National History Museum. We spent our afternoon exploring this amazing place and we were given the chance to use the investigation centre, where Class 4 were able to get hands on with some very old and mysterious fossils. After our time at the museum, we headed back to our Hostel. We arrived but didn’t have time to rest as we were straight back out after tea for our show. We were heading for this glitz and glam of London, the West End! Class 4 had a thrilling time at the theatre watching School of Rock, so much that I have heard them singing the songs back at school. Not long after it was time for bed, so we pressed on and arrived safely at our hostel for a well earned rest.
The next morning, the children were rearing to go. Breakfast was at an eye rubbing 7.45am but that didn’t deter our adventurers. We were up, dressed, washed, and fed ready for the day ahead. Today was the day we would visit our link school, John Scurr. After another stint on the tube, we arrived at the gates. We were shown through the hallways and up into one of their halls (they had two!). Here, the two classes from their Year 4 would be joining us. The children spent the morning getting to know each other through 3 different activities: drama, science and art. Part way through, the children were released onto the playground where they all mingled in well with the other classes. It was great seeing opened minded children who weren’t shy and got stuck right in! Next, it was onto the Science Museum, so again we combatted the tubes with ease and arrived rearing to go. Class 4 explored and the various exhibits, but were given special permission to use the newest exhibit – The Wonderlab! Here, there children could get hands on with science. After, we moved into a theatre to watch and take part in the Flash, Bang, Whallop show, where we experienced a lot of explosions. Christopher even blew out his birthday candles in a less than traditional way! After the science museum, it was then time for the London Eye! What a brilliant time Class 4 had on it. We first were given the opportunity to experience the 4D simulator, which was fantastic! The children were amazed at what they could see as we circled around. It was another wonderful experience for them! Once finished, it was time to head back to the hostel for a chilled evening to catch our breath.
Wednesday already? Again we were up, dressed, washed, fed and rearing to go. Our first stop today was the Thames River boat ride. Even though it was bitterly cold , it didn’t damped our spirits. We were all on the top deck gazing out at the intricate architecture of London as we floated past. We arrived at Westminster where we navigated our way to the Houses of Parliament. What a building! Did you know that the flag which flies on the tower is the size of a tennis court? Well, we do now! Class 4 were given a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, where they were allowed access to some very important rooms and were taught all about the history of the building.! Next, we had a workshop in the education centre which taught us how a law comes to pass. Our knowledge of politics was tested but in the end we succeeded and our given motion was signed off by the Queen! Fantastic debating Class 4. After another lovely afternoon, it was time to head for Paddington. We arrived, dropped our bags and relaxed while we waited for our train to arrive to take us home.
Class 4 and all of the staff had an absolutely wonderful time. The children were pushed to their limits with the amount of walking they had to endure, but every single one of them took it in their stride and powered through, and always with a smile on their face. All of the staff are incredibly proud of the children and they have been a credit to Ludgvan School from the moment they stepped on the train at Penzance. Thank you Class 4 for an unforgettable trip.
There are a huge amount of photos, which the staff took. I will either put these up onto our new facebook page (once consent slips are collected) or onto a dropbox, which I will send a letter out explaining how to access. Thank you for your patience.
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