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Last week, as part of Humanities Week, Year 9 students were given the opportunity to spend a day in London visiting iconic landmarks such as The Royal Observatory in Greenwich and The Shard. The focus of the day was to further their geographical understanding of why London is regarded as a ‘world city’.

To appreciate this fully, students firstly visited the Royal Observatory where they were able to stand astride the historic Prime Meridian, where east meets west. Students took a plethora of photos, with the ultimate aim of winning the Prime Meridian selfie competition! Whilst at the Royal Observatory students were able to study the importance of time zones and Greenwich Mean Time, together with viewing the famous Harrison’s clocks.

Students then visited the National Maritime Museum where they used the Giant Map to help consolidate their understanding of latitude and longitude. Next stop was a view of the Cutty Sark, the world’s last remaining tea clipper, before heading onto our Thames boat trip where they could enjoy the many spectacular sights of London.

Our final stop, perhaps the grand finale some might say, was a visit to the top of The Shard. Being able to see all of London, both old and new, from the highest building in the UK was a great way to end the trip.

By Mrs Spurr, Head of Geography 

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