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Year 5 girls rise to the Cranedale challenge

20 May 2016

Following weeks of exciting build up, the Year 5 girls finally arrived at the Cranedale Centre, in Yorkshire. After arriving at the eco education centre and hauling their suitcases from the coach, the girls settled down to a scrumptious lunch before starting their afternoon activities. Fortunately, this year the weather was kind.  The sun shone and, on the whole, waterproofs were kept at bay.

Our first stop was in Kirby Grindalythe village itself where the girls tested their athletic skills on the Low Ropes. The girls were encouraged to develop their team building skills and improve their balance. This was followed by a tour of the village location, finding out about the history of the people of Kirby Grindalythe.

Armed with nets and wellies, a hunt was on for the water insects. During the evening lab session, the creatures were then analysed under the microscopes where no creatures were harmed, despite a little poking to get them moving. Some wonderful sketches of the nymphs were done by the girls.

Beautiful weather greeted us at Flamborough Head, a coastal area renowned for its rock formations, caused by years of erosion.  The small island, shaped like a dinosaur, provided the ideal sketching opportunity.  Down in the rock pools, unwitting crabs, scorpion fish and periwinkles were discovered, scooped up and loaded into buckets.  The seaweed proved a little slippery for some; seaweed skating became the latest EHS sport!  Creatures were then identified and their position within the food chain was considered.

Duggleby High Barns Farm, where Ruth’s long horned cattle were lazing in the heat, provided the girls with some wonderful experiences. Much to the delight of the girls, lambs had been born only one hour before our arrival and they also met the pet lamb on the farm which took a liking to chewing some of the girls’ wellies!  Experience at the farm strengthened their understanding of how food gets from farm to fork.  On this day the girls also took part in ‘Fire Circle.’ The girls’ knowledge of how fire is made and what woods will burn the best was put to the test. Each of them used flint to light cotton wool. Some of them grasped this very quickly showing the Bear Grylls’ skills.

As well as the huge educational benefits of the trip, the experience of five days away from home also taught the girls many personal skills, such as independence, organisation and cooperation.  As always, EHS pupils rose to the challenge, many completing tasks independently for the first time and a huge sense of pride was achieved by all. 

In conclusion, the staff were delighted by the behaviour and enthusiasm shown by each of the girls, maintaining the high standard that EHS is renowned for at Cranedale.  They were a real credit to the school.

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