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Y5 London Calling Residential (Mar 2019)

Back in March, Y5 headed to London for a three day, action packed residential experience in London and what a fantastic time they had!  An early departure on Virgin trains from Penrith station enabled us to reach our destination in good time so that we could drop our bags at YHA St Pauls before eating our packed lunch on the steps of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Next stop, after a short tube journey, was the world famous Natural History Museum where we were able to walk with Dinosaurs, experience an earthquake and examine all of the marvellous exhibits that the museum had to offer. ‘This experience was probably the best museum I've ever been to - I can’t even explain it, it was just flat out AMAZING!!!’ Tabitha


In the evening, Mr Soulsby became a tour guide and took us on Walking Tour of London.  This was our first glimpse of central London as we saw Elizabeth Tower, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, The Cenotaph, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, Buckingham Palace (and the Queen was home!) and finally Westminster Abbey.  We were exhausted when we got back to the hostel and our heads swiftly hit the pillows. ‘The walk was amazing because we got to go and see all the amazing landmarks but by the time we got back we were super tired!’ Caden


On our second day we began with a full English Breakfast – Charlie loved it ‘The full British breakfast was amazing’. We then took the tube to the Palace of Westminster where we had a tour of the Houses of Parliament and even got to observe a debate in the House of Commons!  Afterwards we took part in an interactive workshop where we made our own laws and debated them – as they do in Parliament! ‘The Houses of Parliament were amazing there were so much to visit and it was so quiet!’ Daniel C.


Our afternoon took us to the Science Museum where we explored ‘Wonderlab’ and a workshop all about Electricity. ‘I loved the Wonderlab and I was very curious about how things worked and how amazing science is.’ Keian.


One of the most popular experiences was Wicked the Musical. During the term Y5 have been writing letters to the theatre and cast.  The children were awestruck by the impressive sets, beautiful music and talented actors, including Alice Fearn (from Cumbria). ‘Wicked was my favourite part of the trip - I loved the songs and I wish that I could see it again’ – Calvin


On our final day we began with a morning walk to the Southbank, over the Millennium bridge.  We then journeyed to the National Gallery where we enjoyed a tour of the gallery and explored several landscapes as well as catching a glimpse of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers! ‘It was fun learning about the different types of pictures and getting to see pictures from around England - it was breathtaking.’ Leo


Our final experience was a flight on the London Eye and the 4D simulation – we were able to see all of the landmarks that we had visited throughout the visit. ‘The view from the London Eye was amazing! You could see the whole of London just from a wheel. Never experienced a view like that before’ Warren


We had the most fantastic experience and all of our children were wonderful ambassadors for North Lakes School – they were polite and well-mannered and we had many positive comments from members of the public and staff at all of the experiences.  Our thanks go to all of the adults who accompanied the children and to everyone who helped to organise and make this visit possible.