After weeks of researching Edinburgh – or Auld Reekie – Year 6 boarded the coach on 8th May for a two-night trip.

Bleary-eyed but very excited, not even the heavy rain could dampen our spirits! First stop was the border town of Jedburgh before we arrived in Scotland’s capital for our first activity at Camera Obscura. Following last term’s science topic of Light, the gasps of amazement were audible as we put our learning into practice with fiendish optical illusions. Even the 162 year old camera obscura itself was fascinating as we ‘toured’ the city from our seats at the top of the Royal Mile.

Next stop was the scary but very funny Wychery Walk, where we met witches, deceased tour guides, foul clengers and many other unsavoury characters. Despite the rain we giggled, jumped, squealed our way around the back streets and ‘closes’ of Edinburgh.

Our second day took us back to science with a fascinating journey through our planet and its biomes at Dynamic Earth. After a delicious lunch, we sought luxury aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. There was so much to see but our brains were most heartily exercised on the mathematical problems surrounding exactly how much fudge we could each purchase at the shop aboard. If anyone knows of any other floating fudge shops, Year 6 will be happy to hear recommendations!

After an evening of bowling, when we discovered some sporting dark horses in our midst, our final day was the history leg of our tour. We visited the incredible apartments of working royal household, Holyrood Palace, seeing for ourselves the spot where Darnley murdered Rizzio. The afternoon took us back to Jedburgh and we managed a quick look around the small but evocative Mary Queen of Scots House. The consensus was that being Queen in the 16th century wasn’t as great as previously advertised, as Mary had a tiny bedroom (much smaller than any Premier Inn) and her final letter, written in the hours before her execution, was very moving.

We arrived back awash with ideas, inspiration and compliments from everyone we met. Year 6 truly stormed Edinburgh, luckily, not in the manner of Henry VIII!

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