Trip to Leeds City Centre

This week was a very exciting one for our class, as on Thursday we set off on our eagerly anticipated trip to Leeds city centre. After several weeks of exploring the human and physical geography of Leeds, as well as discussing the history of famous landmarks such as Leeds Bridge and Briggate, we were all set to go.

We set off in the morning, catching the bus into town. We passed the Leodis building on our way, which some of us found very exciting! Once we arrived in town, we began the first leg of our walking trip around Leeds, heading towards Leeds City Museum. 

We were very impressed by the grand architecture and spent some time sketching the outside, as well as the Broderick buildings across the street. 

We also explored inside the museum, discovering more information about the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story exhibition. We learnt about the wool trade and how wool was turned into cloth, as well as finding out more about the lives of the merchants who sold it, even trying on the wigs that they may have worn.

Next we walked to Millennium Square to count how many owls we could spot on Leeds Civic Hall, before heading to Mandela Gardens for a snack and a chance to do some sound mapping.

 After that we headed to the Town Hall to complete a quiz all about the features of the building. We carefully counted the pillars and lions, and looked closely at the carvings and flags.

Then it was time for lunch! We were very hungry after all our exercise and enjoyed some food outside the Art Gallery.

The next part of our journey took us along Briggate which we have been learning lots about. We looked closely at the types of buildings and the materials used, as well as discussing what we could smell, see and hear.

After Briggate, we arrived at Leeds Bridge and saw the photograph that we had been looking at in class, come to life before our eyes.  We even saw a passing taxi boat who gave us a wave hello!

Our last stretch of the journey took us to the Corn Exchange, where we admired the glass ceiling and thought about what it used to be used for.

Finally it was time to head home on the bus. It was fair to say we were all very tired after a long day out! We had a fantastic day and can’t wait to learn even more about Leeds back in class!

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