This year, our residential was in Whitby . We stayed at the fabulous Youth Hostel at the Abbey (what a lucky bunch we are!)
We first arrived at Danby lodge on 26th June where we played on the adventure park, ate our lunch in the sunshine and then looked around the exhibition in the centre before boarding back on the coach for our destination of Whitby Youth Hostel. After unpacking and dinner, we descended the 199 steps into Whitby town where we walked over to the pier and then played on the beach. Then it was time to trek back up the steps. We then wrote our postcards and posted them. A great day had by all!
The following day we walked from Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay which was about 5 miles and took us just over 2 hours (pretty impressive, I know!!) From there, we conducted a short town study in Robin Hood's Bay looking why it was a popular destination for smuggling products many, many years ago. One of the things I was particularly proud about was the comments that were said by 4 different members of the public about how well behaved the children were - they were a credit to us, their parent and most importantly themselves!
On the 28th June , we started the day with a tour around Whitby where we learned all about the Abbey, the church and Captain Cook from our experts John and Tom. We then went to Tatehill beach to look for fossils - we were astounded with how many we found! Finally we ended the day with learning about the history of jet before polishing our very own piece of jet to keep as a souvenir.
On day four, we travelled on a train from Grosmont to Goathlands before we walked back down the abandoned train line looking for evidence of its existence. After, we had loads of fun in the arcades playing on the rides and even had time to buy some souvenirs from the gift shop.
Last day and we were up and out of the Youth Hostel by 9am so we could have plenty of fun at Lightwater Valley. The children split into teams so we could go on as many rides as possible - there were screams galore!! What a way to end a fantastic residential!
It was an amazing week where the children learnt lots, enjoyed many new social activities and most importantly grew in confidence ready for their next adventure - Secondary School.