Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Our Trip to the Houses of Parliament

Written by Connor Griffiths of year 10
It was still freezing cold and early when we left Coventry – 7:52 am, we were all wrapped up warm. Altogether there were 32 of us and three teachers.
As the train approached London we were all looking forward to seeing the Houses of Parliament and the Science Museum.
9:36am we finally arrived at Portcullis House.
After experiencing a very busy morning on the London tube I could already guess that London would be very lively and full of people from all sorts of cultures.
Once we had exited the subway I couldn’t help myself but be astonished by how big and beautiful the buildings around Westminster tube station were! The Houses of Parliament looked grand (later on we found out that it has got more than 1000 rooms stretching around 3 miles! How amazing!). It was full of interesting facts. We were all amazed by the statues and paintings that were held in the Houses of Parliament.
We were even guided to the House of Commons Chamber and the House of Lords Chamber. Ian, our tour guide from Houses of Parliament –Educational Service, took us to the Noes Lobby and explained many things to us including the Hansard collection.
After the lively workshop about ‘Election and Voting’ we had a very cold but cheery lunch outside beside the famous Elizabethan Tower or Big Ben.
Soon after that we took the tube to the Science Museum.  Now I was particularly looking forward to the Museum. However I found it a challenge to walk up many floors including the fourth and fifth floor. But overall it was a fantastic day full of new and memorable experiences.
Yamna, my friend of year 11 said: "This trip makes me want to get involved in politics more. It is real and very interesting.”

View the article in the Telegraph here