As part of our thematic unit, Walk Like An Egyptian, Year 6 have been studying the River Nile in Egypt and comparing it to the River Thames. In order to appreciate fully how the land around the Thames is used in the centre of London, we went up to town and took a boat trip along the river. After having taken a train and the underground to get there, we embarked the boat at Westminster pier. As we journeyed along the river, the children enjoyed seeing the Houses of Parliament, the London eye, the Globe Theatre, the Golden Hind, HMS Belfast, the Tower of London and many other iconic London sights. Whilst on the water, we took the time to really inspect the many different bridges across the River Thames as we went under them – the children particularly enjoyed waving at the people crossing over the bridges!
We then disembarked the boat at Greenwich
Pier and walked up to the Observatory where we saw the Greenwich Meridian and were awestruck by the unrivalled view of London that you get from Greenwich Park. We then travelled back to school by bus and the London Overground.
Despite the bitter cold, the children had a fantastic day and have not only come away with an appreciation for how amazing our beautiful city is but also having travelled on numerous forms of London transport.