17 of our pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed 3 action packed days on residential at East Barnby outdoor centre near Whitby.
Our first activity had everyone puzzling how to complete the task until we realised that team work was the way forward – and that was just making the beds!
The second challenge was equally difficult- putting on wetsuits but having succeeded we were set up for the short drive to Sands End and body boarding.
It was like being in a washing machine spin cycle as the waves took us gracefully (?) to the shore.
That evening we joined our friends from Frosterley toasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire.
With some sleep we were up promptly on Thursday for a big cooked breakfast to give us plenty of energy for our canoeing trip. Again lots of teamwork was needed to in load the canoes and raft them together to make them more stable. Everyone soon got the hang of making the boats go where we wanted. The only wobbly moment was when the teachers’ boat almost went in negotiating the weir that separated the tidal part of the river. Sandwiches were enjoyed on ‘duck island ‘ before paddling downstream under a bridge whilst the steam train chugged above, then under a massive Victorian viaduct until we arrived in Whitby harbour.
An amazing trip.
We had our session sledging on the ski slope that evening. Water sprinklers and washing up liquid meant speed was not a problem.
Our last morning saw us back on the beach. The steep path down to Saltwick Bay was rewarded by great rock pooling and fossil hunting. Lots of crabs and a fossilised dinosaur footprint were amongst the highlights.
We had all the ingredients for a great residential- superb weather, amazing activities and fantastic children.
Thanks to everyone who made this possible.