Case study: The London Eye

Date Posted: 09/08/2014

Venue: EDF Energy London Eye Discovery Tour
School: St James Primary School, Pen-Y-Cae, Caerphilly, Wales
Number of pupils: 25
Key Stage: 2

On their first visit to London, pupils from Wales saw the UK’s capital from a series of very different viewpoints.

The day began at the 4D Experience, which is part of the educational Discovery Tour at the landmark London Eye. The 3D film shows incredible views of London, with added sensory effects including wind, mist and snow.

Teaching assistant Nichola Hatcher said: “Our school had not previously visited London. It was a term topic and we decided that the London Eye would be the perfect place to see the city from a different perspective.

The Discovery Tour suited the class requirements to be fun but also educational as our tour guide pointed out the historical points of interest. The children were able to question the guide and find out lots of facts ready to take back to school.

“We arrived in London and went straight to watch the 4D experience. The children were extremely excited and thoroughly enjoyed the film. The effects were spectacular and a talking point for most of the day.”

With a group of enthusiastic seven-year-olds, Nichola said it was a bonus to have the benefit of a priority queue to board the London Eye. With capsules reserved for the school, it made the experience stress-free.

The ride takes 30 minutes and on a clear day it is possible to have a panoramic view stretching for 40-kilometres - as far as Windsor Castle. Afterwards the pupils had lunch before the next exciting element of the day - a river cruise along the Thames.

Nichola said the combination of the 4D show, London Eye, cruise and tour guide brought classroom learning to life, giving pupils first-hand experience of the landmarks, history and geography of London.

“Children were able to see the places and attractions we had been learning about,” she said. “From the London Eye they were able to get a perspective on the sizes and locations of the buildings. The river cruise meant that we could get closer to some of the buildings and see all the different architecture.

“Visiting London was a totally new encounter for the majority of the children. It was a whole world of experiences in just a few hours. They chatted about the day the whole way home on the coach.”

Back at school, youngsters shared their experience at school assembly, displaying photos and talking to fellow pupils about what they had done. The educational benefit continued in the classroom where they created leaflets and wrote up accounts of the trip.

Summing up the day on land, water and in the air, Nichola said: “This trip comes highly recommended by St James Primary School. All the people involved were very efficient and friendly, making the whole experience enjoyable and worthwhile. It was a great culmination of a term’s work. We would love to visit again in the future.”

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