London and Paris, March 2020
Children from Years 5 and 6 returned from an action-packed, three day residential to London and Paris. The children set off bright and early from school, taking the mini-buses to Durham Station, where they excitedly boarded their train bound for the capital. The children made full use of the London Underground and headed straight for the Harry Potter studios where they experienced a magical time. After a good night’s sleep, the children made their way to the St. Pancras Station and set off on the journey to Paris. Using the Paris Metro, the children then headed straight for the Eiffel Tower and took in the brilliant views from 300m up! After refuelling in TGI Fridays, the children then had fantastic seats for the incredible musical, Mary Poppins - what a show! Day three saw the children experience the world-famous Pineapple Dance Studios for a lesson from Mary Poppins cast members before making their way back home for a well-deserved rest. The children were absolutely amazing throughout the visit - a real credit to themselves and the school. A huge thank you and well done to everyone involved - what an amazing three days!
Derwent Hill 2020
Children from Years 4, 5 and 6 returned from a fantastic residential visit to Derwent Hill in the Lake District. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop respect for themselves, other people and the environment. Everyone had an action-packed week in the crisp weather, giving canoeing, gorge walking, mountain walking and orienteering a go. Children also challenged themselves on the high ropes course, a night walk aimed at developing team-work and finally, taking on the ‘Big Swing’ which was a highlight for most children. A great experience for all involved - well done!
Kielder - December 2019
Year 6 returned from an action-packed, five day residential in Kielder. The children’s real life maths skills were put to the test when they went shopping for the week’s provisions at Lidl. Working on a specific budget was a great challenge - especially when fruit and vegetables came before sweet treats! The children then went on to take part in a Science workshop at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle before heading off to Kielder. All of the children were involved in a variety of exciting activities during the week including a number of walks in the magnificent surroundings. They also visited the Birds of Prey Centre, where the children experienced some majestic birds up close, with some even holding and feeding them - Willow, the Little Owl, was a big hit! The children also had a great time swimming and braved the challenge of the King Swing over the course of the five days. All children also participated in Maths, English and Art activities, all inspired by the inspirational location. A fantastic experience for all involved!
Boggle Hole 2019
A large number of Year 4, 5 and 6 children recently experienced a two day residential at the amazing Boggle Hole, near Whitby. The children set off on their journey in great spirits, despite the best efforts of the weather which was rather inclement to say the least! On arrival, the group headed down into the cove at Boggle Hole, where they took part in a rock pooling session, unearthing several curious creatures. The children also investigated the hole itself in which the ‘Boggle’ is rumoured to live - they retold the story of this curious creature emerging at night to either help or hinder people depending upon its mood! After a delicious evening meal and a good night’s sleep in the nautical themed accommodation, the children set off on a walk nearby Robin Hood’s Bay, where they visited some unique shops including a dinosaur fossil shop. The group were a credit to the school throughout the visit and an amazing time was had by all - well done to everyone involved!
The Hub 2019
Children from Year 3 went on an action-packed, two day residential at The Hub. The fantastic facilities, located at Barnard Castle gave the children the opportunity to try their hand at archery, climbing the high ropes course, riding a BMX around the purpose-built track, cooking pizzas in the outside oven, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and participating in a carousel of other sporting activities. The enthusiasm that the children displayed by encouraging each other during activities helped them to develop their own communication, team-building and inter-personal skills, which are essential to use throughout their lives. It allowed for friendships to flourish and certainly made many unforgettable memories on the children’s first school residential. The younger children were also joined on the overnight stay by children from Years 5 and 6, who came along as mentors. The older children were absolutely fantastic with their assistance, as well as encouragement, of the Year 3 children. The children were absolutely amazing throughout the visit - a real credit to themselves and the school. A huge thank you and well done to everyone involved - what an action-packed and amazing two days!
Skiing Residential 2019
A large number of Year 4 children experienced a two day residential in Leeds. The children headed straight to the amazing indoor ski slope at Xscape, where they received private skiing lessons from professional instructors. The children quickly picked up and developed the skills needed to make their way safely down the slope - they definitely displayed better technique than the teachers, who spent most of their time trying to stay upright! The group were also excited to sledge down the snow covered slope, racing each other to get the bottom first. The children then enjoyed a well-earned meal at TGI Fridays, before watching a film in the cinema later that night. The next day, the children visited Leeds Royal Armouries, where they enjoyed learning about the history of armour. The group were a credit to the school throughout the visit and an amazing time was had by all. A big well done to everyone involved!