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This month our Walking Club took us to Skippol Creek and the Stannah Estuary.
We began the day with dreadful weather with the teachers thinking that we would have to finish the walk early and many of the group deciding not to come and join in the walk.
Thankfully the weather did clear up and we were able to walk for the full day. Along the way we:
- Met and stroked some horses
- Saw Noah’s Ark
- Found a dead Tigger
- Jumped in puddles (LOTS of them!)
- Played on the park
- Screamed when Mr W pushed us too high on the swing
- Made Mrs A-S’s dog very muddy indeed!
- Waded through a pond
- Played on the baby park
- Splashed each other with water
All in all another successful trip that we ended with our customary visit to an ice cream shot (even if it was freezing outside!)
Our next Victorian Blackpool trip was to the library in town.
Here Year 6 had to use their research skills to find answers and make historical observations. We were helped along the way by Tony Sharkey as we found out new facts about Victorian Blackpool. There was a range of evidence which included:
- Census Records
- Victorian newspaper clippings
- Victorian photographs
- Victorian school books
- School registers
We left the venue with more facts to add to our ever-growing list and better research skills than we had when we arrived.
Today Year 6 continued our study of Victorian Blackpool by visiting the Winter Gardens.
On arrival we were met by our two tour guides, Mike and Dez. We then took time to look at the outside of the building and learn why it was built in Victorian times. From the outside we moved indoors and were able to look around the HUGE building. In the visit we saw:
- The Opera House – a huge theatre that the Queen has visited twice!
- The ballroom – with chandeliers and lots of tables ready for a dinner party
- The dressing rooms – that several of our girls have already got changed ready to perform!
- A room where the Queen has sat and drank tea
- Some amazing tiles that were only discovered recently
- The bottom and top of the dome
Overall we had an interesting visit and are now a little wiser about Blackpool in Victorian times.
Next week we are at the library.
Today Year 6 started our Victorian Blackpool topic with our first trip to Blackpool Tower.
We began our day worrying that the trip would be called off due to some horrible rainy weather! Thankfully it stopped and we were able to walk to the tower at 10 O’Clock.
Our first stop was the Tower eye. Here we watched a 4D video about the tower and then squeezed all 33 of us into a lift to the top (check out the lift selfie!) At the top it was a great view and with the weather calming down we could walk up to the – very windy – upper levels!
The walk worked up an appetite so we had an early lunch and then went to watch people ballroom dancing in the Tower Ballroom.
After lunch we had a lesson that taught us about Victorian times and how Blackpool has changed throughout the last centuries, especially the tower. We also learned some important facts:
- Blackpool Tower was opened to the public on 14 May 1894.
- It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris
- It is 158 metres (518 feet) tall
- It is the 100th tallest tower in the world.
- When the tower opened, 3,000 customers took the first rides to the top.
- Tourists paid sixpence for admission, sixpence more for a ride in the lifts to the top, and a further sixpence for the circus
- In 1940, during the Second World War, the tower was used as a Royal Air Force radar station and was known as RAF Tower
Our final part of the day was a trip to the Tower Dungeons! Here some of us were a lot more scared than others! Well done though as no-one backed out and we all made it to the other end together! Along the way Mr Wing (Mr Wink), Mrs Whitmore, Oliver and Alfie where chosen to take part in the acts which made us laugh lots!
Did you enjoy the trip? What was your favourite part? Do you learn any other facts about the tower that I can add to the blog post?
Today was our second walking club and we headed off to Garstang!
The walk was 6 miles long and we were very lucky with the weather. Along the way we:
- Walked through a corn field
- Saw a dead cow
- Had a picnic
- Saw some horses
- Saw lots more cows (and were chased by one!)
- Argued over who got to walk Lilly the dog the most
- Waved a motorway cars
- Visited an amazing sweet shop!
All in all it was a very successful walking club! Roll on November’s!
This week Year 6 went to the Odeon cinema to watch BBC’s Ten Pieces II. The 10 different pieces of classical music received mixed reviews and following our residential, two pupils couldn’t manage to stay awake! Which ones did you like? Dislike?
Watch the trailer below to jog your memory!
Today was our second day at our Spy Academy.
The plan was to wake up for 7:30pm so that we were in time for breakfast. This didn’t happen, some girls were up at 5, others up and downstairs at 6 and by 6:30 the majority of the class were sat downstairs (pretending to be awake even if they didn’t look it!)
Breakfast was a full English…delicious!
Mr Wing and Mr Waywell’s groups began the day with some raft building. Here we learned how to tie knots to secure ropes and then had to set sail across a canal to rescue a teacher! The boats were successful…not as much could be said about the paddling of Mr Wing’s group!
Mrs Whitmore’s group were caving. Here they were showed how to enter and move around an underground cave. Armed with head torches and a full water proof outfit they squeezed, slid, crawled, crabbed and splashed through the cave (all saying it was very good fun!)
In the afternoon Mr Wing’s group went abseiling over a 90ft viaduct! Congratulations to all of the group who faced their fear, went over the edge and completed the abseil!
Mr Waywell’s group visited the caves from earlier. They moved their way successfully too however took much more of a liking to the mud and were far more dirty than the first group! At one point the instructor told them that natural mud from caves is full of minerals and good for the skin…no sooner had he finished than the group had smeared it all over their faces!
Mrs Whitmore’s group took part in raft building. The group agreed that it was lots of fun though found the strength needed for tying ropes a little too much (they were the girls who were up at 5am!) Not to worry, they completed their raft after an hour, rescued Mrs Whitmore and then “accidentally” fell in the canal!
We’ve now just finished tea, eaten more sweets from the tuck shop and our about to crack some spy codes!
After a successful journey, Year 6 began their first day at Edale YHA.
Our first task was to find our bedrooms and make our own beds (don’t let the children pretend that they cannot do it when they get back home!)
Next was a briefing about being secret spies and we were each encouraged to create our own secret code names. A few favourite names were, Magic Pony, Zooming Fly, Lovely Nanny Goat, Dinkie Whale and Ginger Worm!
Armed with new names the three groups ventured out for some “ice-breaking” games. (Many were confused at the lack of ice in these activities!) Highlights of the games included:
- Wellie Wanging
- Human Knots
- Mushi Mushi
- Bean race
- A moo off
- Monkey football
- Shrinking circle
Tea was a choice of jacket potato, BBQ chicken or curry. Everyone ate well (though still room for sweets straight after!)
We’re off on an evening spy activity now!
Here we are at the YHA Edale! We arrived in good time (without anyone being sick) and are now making our beds and unpacking ready for some ice-breaker activities at 3pm.