This afternoon, 1P showed off their fantastic knowledge of the United Kingdom to the rest of the school. This week, they have been finding out the details of all the different places around the UK such as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island and the landmarks in those areas. The class took us on a guided tour, firstly stopping off in London, the capital city of England, and told us some information about Buckingham Palace such as the place has 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms! Crazy! Who needs that many bathrooms? We also learned that the Houses of Parliament is also called the Palace of Westminster and it is the place where laws are passed and the government meets. The clock tower, which is also in London, is sometimes known as Big Ben, but actually that’s the name of the bell inside! They showed us pictures of some other landmarks in England, although they are not all in London, such as Stonehenge and the Angel of the North.
The next thing they told us about was St George, who is the patron of Saint of England – he was a brave soldier who lived many years ago. St George’s day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. The english flag is also known as St George’s cross.
Our next destination was Scotland and its capital city is Edinburgh. We learnt that Scotland has the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom and its name is Ben Nevis! Scotland is also famous for the Loch Ness – it is a deep loch in the Scottish Highlands and is famous for sightings of the Loch Ness monster! Not only this, but the children told us about St Andrew, who is the patron saint of Scotland and told us that the thistle is the Scottish symbol! The children performed a fantastic traditional Scottish folk dance, showing off some of the moves they had enjoyed learning.
Moving on to Wales, the class told us facts about the city, learning that Cardiff was the capital city and is close to the Millennium Stadium, which hosts lots of events such as sports matches and music concerts. Wales is famous for its beautiful valleys and mountains, home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.
The last stop was Northern Ireland where the school were shown how Ireland is split into two countries: Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but it makes its own laws and its capital is Belfast. The most interesting fact about Ireland was that the Titanic was built there! It is one of the most famous ships in the world and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. St Patrick is the patron saint of Northern Island and its symbol is the shamrock.
After an amazing tour of the United Kingdom, the school were exhausted, weighted down by all the fantastic facts that had been fired at them! 1P have had a great time learning about the United Kingdom and are exhausted with all the learning they have been doing!