Trafalgar Square facts and quiz 17th October 2013

You can complete this quiz whilst we are in London or at home over the weekend for a short learning log task.  At the bottom there is also a short task for learning log if you have time.  It is not essential to complete it over the weekend as our day out is going to be a very long day.

Trafalgar square facts and quiz.

Trafalgar Square, designed by Sir Charles Barry, was constructed in the 1840s on the site that was originally the Royal Mews for hawks and then royal stables. 

Sir Charles Barry was also responsible for the Houses of Parliament.

The centre piece of Trafalgar Square is Nelson’s Column, which was built to honour Admiral Horatio Nelson, who led the British to Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson’s Column is 56 metres tall. When they refurbished it in 2006, they discovered that it was actually 4 metres shorter than previously thought.

The pedestal of Nelson’s Column is decorated with four bronze relief panels, each 5.4 metres square, which were cast from captured French guns. They depict the Battle of Cape St Vincent, the Battle of the Nile, the Battle of Copenhagen and the Death of Nelson at Trafalgar.

There are fourth plinths in the square, 3 of which features statues of previous English Kings. The fourth plinth, however, never had a statue built for it. So, it’s been turned into a public display of art that rotates regularly. Can you find what is on there today?

Seventeen Bus Routes pass through Trafalgar square – making it a crossroads of London traffic.

Trafalgar Square is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown as part of the Crown Estate and it’s managed by the Greater London Authority, while Westminster City Council owns the roads around the square.

Nelson’s column is guarded by four huge bronze lions sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1868. They were made out of metal from guns that had been taken from old battleships.

Police Box

In the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square is a small former police phone box which is famous for being the World’s smallest police station.

In 1926 Scotland Yard cut out the inside of what was an old light drum and installed a light and a telephone line which the police could use to call for assistance. The phone had direct access to New Scotland Yard, the
head-quarters of the London Metropolitan police.

The lantern lamp on its roof is said to be from Nelson’s flagship Victory, although there is no evidence that this is true.

Today the police box is used as a broom cupboard for Westminster Council cleaners.

St Martin’s-in-the-Fields Church

To the east of Trafalgar Square is the 18th century St Martin’s-in-the-Fields church. The first church built on this site in the 13th century stood ‘in the fields’ between the City and Westminster. Many famous people have been buried at St Martin’s including Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II, the painters William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds and the renowned craftsman Thomas Chippendale.

Imperial Measures of Length and Area

In 1876 the Imperial Measures were set into the north terrace wall.

 

Surveyors can still check ‘Perches’, ‘Chains’ and other archaic measures against feet and yards.

 

When the central staircase leading to the National Gallery was added, the measures were relocated to the bottom steps.

 

On the north side of Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery.

It was founded in 1824 when George IV persuaded the government to purchase 38 major paintings, including works by Raphael and Rembrandt. 

The National Gallery houses one of the biggest picture collections in the world.

To the west lies the West End, with its famous shops and hotels.

To the east is the Strand, which leads to the City of London.

 

Quiz:

BIG reminder!  You must stay with your parents.  Do not run off.  Do the quiz together.

Read the information and facts with your parents on the coach.  You’ll have plenty of time!  They may help you.

  1.  How many steps do you go down to get from the gallery to Trafalgar square?

 

  1. How many fountains are in Trafalgar square?

 

  1. Can you find the old police station (which is now a broom cupboard)?  Take a picture as proof.

 

  1. Find the imperial measures which are set in the walls somewhere.

 

  1. How many red double decker buses can you count?

 

  1. Can you see any flags flying?  From what countries are they from?

 

  1. Draw a plan of Trafalgar square.

 

Take as many pictures as you can.  I am not going to set a formal Learning log this week as we have had a long day.  However, if you would like to create a picture board in your learning log or on a poster please do.  On it you could show us your favourite part of the day, the answers to the quiz and places we have visited.

London trip information

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Our trip to London.

 Plan of action:

 7.45 – be at school wearing school uniform and a warm, waterproof coat.  Have a full packed lunch and plenty of snacks and a drink.

8am – leave school.  Whilst on the coach you may eat snacks as we have a later lunch.  You can also bring IPods, Ipads, DS, colouring, games etc, but it is the responsibility of each parent to keep them safe and you must not leave them on the coach.  Children that are coming without their parents must not bring electronic devices.

11.45 – 12.45 – gallery tour with gallery staff for the children.  Parents are welcome to go around the gallery on their own while the children are having their session.  You are, however, welcome to stay with the group, but you might want some time to yourselves!  If parents could also use this time to have lunch/go to the café and meet us outside the children’s lunch room at 1.30, it would really help on space. 

1 – 1.30 – children’s lunch time.  Mr T and Miss Jones will supervise.

1.30 – 2 – free time with parents to go around the gallery and shop.  As most parents are coming with us, it is up to you how much spending money you give your child.  Those without parents for the day please bring up to £5 and hand to Mr T before we leave, if you want your child to have spending money.

2 – 2.30 – Trafalgar Square.  A chance to explore this amazing square and complete the quiz.

2.30 – 3 – Mini tour of London.  We plan to drive by Big Ben, 10 Downing Street and BuckinghamPalace.

3 – Leave London and head for home.

6 -7 – Arrive back in Castlemorton.

I know my times are tight and the likelihood of sticking to them in London is extremely optimistic.  We will try our best to achieve these times so we can get out of London before the 4-5pm rush.  I plan for us to have a toilet stop on the way there and back.  For the return we will stop for a little longer for people to get some food (sandwich, burger).

Green class newsletter Summer 2013

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summer 2013

Green class new topic for the second half term of Spring.

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We will be exploring the country of Chile for our new topic.  This will be mainly a geography topic finding out about the contrasting landscapes and climates, ranging from deserts to mountainous regions to extreme cold regions.

We will travel around the country looking at the people, methods of transport and comparing them to our country.

During our topic we will also swim across the ocean to learn more about the Easter islands and the amazing stone heads dominating the landscape. This will lead us to creating our own sculptures.

For design and technology I plan for us to design and make our own model rowing boats to travel from the Easter Islands back to Chile.

A lot of our literacy work will be based around the story book, Mia’s story.

Our RSPB amazing bird watch 2013

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RSPB bird watch 2013

Here are the results from Green class RSPB bird watch.

We found lots and lots of interesting birds.

 

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