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Year 5 enjoy the Cranedale experience

19 May 2017

It was a very excited coach full of girls that set off from school on Monday 8th May bound for Kirby Grindalythe in North Yorkshire. Bags were packed, anticipation was high and there was a buzz of chatter as we pulled away!

On arrival at the Cranedale Centre the girls settled into their dorms and prepared for the week ahead. What an adventure was to be had!

Our scientific and geographical knowledge was to be enriched in so many ways. The day trip to the beach involved looking at the causes of coastal erosion and seeing the stack, arch and cave first hand. Walking through a small arch to emerge out of the other side was so much better than looking at a photograph. Investigating rock pools and finding creatures caused endless enthusiasm. Seeing a seal being rescued from fishing nets on the beach was an experience the girls will never forget and they have been offered the chance to name the seal.

Survival skills were needed in the woods and we looked at food chains. In a fun way the girls learnt about herbivores and carnivores, deadly diseases and humans all having an impact on the environment.

The first puffin spotted at Bempton, the dissection of an owl pellet, the hares and lapwings in the fields and the sustainable farm were all fantastic experiences too. The girls are now preparing for their Cranedale Assembly where these adventures and more will be described.

Our thanks to the tutors at Cranedale and the staff who accompanied us. A thoroughly successful trip, taking education out of the classroom and developing all-important team building skills.

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