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St. Francis' Catholic Primary School

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

Our Thames Barrier Trip

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Year 3 have been studying the UK in our Geography topic this year. We have looked closely at London, England's capital city and the River Thames which runs through it. We have learnt that London is built on a flood plain and because the Thames is a tidal river it is prone to flooding.

We were very excited when we got on the double decker bus in the morning, Cedar class got to sit upstairs which we were very happy about!
When we arrived at the barrier, we put all of our things in the cafe and then met our guide for the morning, a lovely lady called Pamela. She took us outside, where we had our first view of the Thames Barrier, it was very shiny in the sunlight.
We then walked closer to the barrier and Pamela started to tell us a lot of interesting facts about it. We learnt that the barrier is the same length as 5 football pitches being laid end to end and that it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984.
We then walked to the other side of the Barrier where we saw the Environment Agency's control tower which monitors and protects the area. We also had a great view of London in the distance.
After we had been outside we came back into the cafe, where we looked at a slide show which showed us what had happened in 1953, when there was a huge storm surge and London had flooded. Many people lost their lives and it was decided that something needed to be done to protect London in the future. Following this we went down to the museum and saw a model showing how the barrier opens and closes.
We were then all very happy because it was lunch time.
We sat on a bank beside the Thames to eat our lunch, it also had a great view of the barrier and London.
After we had eaten we got to play on a very long slide and a climbing frame.
As part of the flood defences there was a man made hill which made a good place for us to roll down. There was much fun and laughter here.
Finally we went into a tunnel where the River Thames is marked out from its source to the North Sea. On the map is all the places that the River flows through. We were given the challenge to find a place name beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
Afterwards we sat down and had a go at drawing the barrier. It was lovely and cool in the shade.
We had a lovely day, full of sunshine, learning and laughter. Well done to Cedar for their excellent behaviour, Miss Nash was very proud of you all.