Junior School Leaders Visit the Houses of Parliament
By Julietta, Roxana and Sophie, 6S
On Tuesday the 5th November, Bonfire Night, the Year 6 team captains, vice captains and school councillors visited the Houses of Parliament.
After a long but enjoyable trip on the underground, we finally saw the towering Big Ben in renovation as we stepped out of the station. Once we had passed through security, we marvelled at the oldest part of Parliament, the Great Hall, where Guy Fawkes had been on trial 415 years ago. A Parliament meeting in the House of Commons was taking place, and we were just 2 doors away from their debate!
Then we headed to the Jubilee room for our Big Ben talk: Ticking through time. Two kind ladies, Lindsay and Kath, talked to us about the creation of Big Ben, how it functions and its restoration, which is currently in progress.
We went back to the station and had a fun ride of laughs and facts, before we arrived back at school. On this trip, we learnt that two hawks protect Big Ben, Big Ben is actually the name of the bell, the tower is called the Elizabeth Tower, the largest bell is the second of its kind, after the first had a crack, and many more interesting facts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Parliament as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and are thankful to our teachers for organising it.