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Exploring London and Bringing Our Topic to Life for Year 4

Our Year 4 class embarked on an exhilarating journey to London on Tuesday, and what a journey it was! As part of our exploration into the landmarks of London, the trip provided a real-life connection to our classroom learning, immersing the children in the vibrant tapestry of the capital's iconic sights.

With our topic last term centered around London landmarks, the trip was a perfect opportunity to see our studies come to life. For some of the children, it was their first time setting foot on a train, while others experienced the hustle and bustle of London for the very first time. The excitement was palpable as we set off from Folkestone Central train station, bound for the heart of the city.

Arriving at Charing Cross Station, we stepped into a world of wonder and discovery. Our first stop was St James Park, a tranquil haven amidst the urban sprawl, where the children had the chance to enjoy their packed lunches and revel in the freedom of open space. It was a moment of serenity before the bustling energy of London beckoned us forth.

Our journey took us through Horse Guards Parade, where we encountered two majestic members of the Household Cavalry, standing sentinel with their noble steeds. For many of the children, this was their first encounter with such regal figures, and they were utterly captivated by the spectacle.

Continuing on to Trafalgar Square, we indulged in the timeless tradition of tossing coins into the fountains and making wishes. It was a moment of pure magic, infused with the spirit of exploration and adventure.

Our visit to the National Gallery was a highlight of the day, as the children delved into the world of art and technology. With the aid of the augmented reality app by the gallery, they embarked on a quest to uncover the secrets hidden within the masterpieces, culminating in the awe-inspiring sight of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers."

As we made our way through the streets of London, passing iconic landmarks such as Downing Street, The Cenotaph, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) and the Houses of Parliament, the children's eyes sparkled with wonder and excitement. For many, it was a transformative experience, as they gained a newfound appreciation for the rich history and cultural heritage of our capital city.

So, as we said farewell to London and journeyed back to Folkestone, the memories of our adventure lingered. For the children, it was a day of discovery and delight, a journey that brought our classroom learning to life in the most magical way possible.

As you explore the photos and videos from our trip, I hope you'll share in the joy and wonder that filled our day in London. Here's to many more adventures and discoveries in the days ahead!


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