Sam from Y6 had an exciting visit to London on Tuesday 29th May. Here is an excerpt from his report on his trip:
I went to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street. I went with four other pupils from The Blake School, also in Witney. We went because we had designed a card for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and had been chosen to represent our schools. My dad came with the group as well.
There was lots of traffic so we were very late for our tour. We didn’t have enough time to go round everything, so we didn’t have a tour round the House of Lords or the Jewel Tower. When you first go into the Houses of Parliament you arrive in Westminster Hall, the largest mediaeval space in Europe. We went into lots of smaller rooms, and also saw lots of paintings and statues of people like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
Then we went into the “no” room. When a new law is thought up, the MPs have exactly 8 minutes to get to the “yes” room or the “no” room. In the chamber where the MPs discuss new laws there is one big chair for the speaker, and 3 chairs in front of it for the clerks. One side of the room is for the government, and the other side for the opposition.
After that we went into David Cameron’s office and sat down at his table. We weren’t expecting it, but we were told we could have lunch at his table, and I was in his chair!
From the Houses of Parliament we walked down to Downing Street. All the adults were checked in security. Then we stood outside No. 10 and took quite a lot of photos, before we went back to the minibus to come home.
I really enjoyed the trip and I learnt a lot about the Houses of Parliament. Also being outside 10 Downing Street is something not many people get to do any more, so I am really privileged to have done that.
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