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St. Francis' Catholic Primary School

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

Our Trip to Thames Barrier

Wednesday 5th July 2017

In year 3 we have been learning about the UK, rivers and in particular London and the River Thames.

We started off the day with a talk with our tour guide Wendy. She told us some interesting facts about the Barrier such as when it was built and how it protects London.
We then went outside to look at the Barrier itself. Wendy told us about the different piers and how the gates work.
Wendy explained how some of the gates sit under the Thames and some sit above it. This particular gate is an example of a gate above the water.
This is the view from the other side of the barrier. Wendy explained the direction the river flows in and the effect of the tides. The Environment Agency watch tower overlooks the barrier here.
On our way back round we spotted a seal! We were all very excited but it wasn't too impressed to see us so disappeared very quickly!

Our favourite part of the day - LUNCH!! We enjoyed our picnic on the grass in front of the barrier, with the sun shining. Sean had a fight with his yoghurt and we all enjoyed the rest!

After lunch, we had playtime - our 2nd favourite part of the day! We went down the slide, played on the climbing frame and rolled down the huge hill! It was great fun.
The girls were enjoying some time in the shade where they were drawing a sketch of the Thames Barrier. They also had to do a London Landmark Treasure Hunt using the places that were marked on the wall behind them.


We had a fantastic day. The weather was wonderful, we learnt a lot about London and the River Thames and all of the children behaved exceptionally well. Well done Rowan and thank you.