Year 4 had a fantastic time on their residential. They were very lucky with the weather being gloriously sunny, perfect for a three-day trip to the coast at Whitby. The children were accompanied by Mr Mather and Miss Atkinson and were staying at the Boggle Hole hostel. With the sea right on their doorstep, the location was magnificent.
The children took part in many activities, such as the Smugglers’ Walk, in which they walked along the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay and learnt all about the smugglers’ activities towards the end of the 18th century. They also enjoyed toasting marshmallows around a fire on the first night.
The next day, Year 4 went to the beach, searching for sea creatures in rockpools. The children identified many different types, including shore crabs, velvet swimming crabs, edible crabs, eels, hermit crabs, limpets and many more. After lunch (no crabs!) the children learnt about semaphore signaling between ships, as well as the phonetic alphabet. They then took part in some problem solving and team bonding activities.
On the final morning, Year 4 went out onto the beach again, this time searching for fossils. Although the weather had somewhat worsened, the children were not hindered. They were able to identify many different fossil types, including ammonites, belemnites, crinoids, devil’s toenails and Whitby Jet. All of the children found one of each fossil type and were able to take them home.
Year 4, Mr Mather and Miss Atkinson all thoroughly enjoyed the visit.