Year 4 Go Wild in the Peak District

posted 4 Jul 2019, 02:51 by Richard Hanks
On Wednesday, 4th July 2019, the Years enjoyed a brilliant trip to the Peak District by train. The children had planned the trip themselves using maps, timetables and information texts. Before leaving we had planned our route, itinerary, activities, risk assessment and letters to parents with all the relevant information. 

All the careful organisation resulted in a fabulous day, and the glorious sunny weather helped too.

We got to Dore and Totley station early, but the time passed quickly as the other trains blew their horns to say hello to us! The journey included the Totley Tunnel, the length of which amazed everyone.

We arrived at Grindleford station and began our walk up Padley Gorge looking for wildlife or at least evidence of it. We enjoyed matching natural colours to paint swatch charts!

In the Longshaw Estate we avoided the mass of wood ants and their nests and enjoyed lunch by the stream in the shade of the trees (the children too the opportunity for some jumping and tree climbing!)

Pressing on we built some habitat stacks for invertebrates and noticed the different landscapes and habitats. We were treated to the sight of deer crossing our path and a family of cows watching us closely. The children were brilliant at keeping calm and not startling the animals.

The last leg included a steep scrambling descent to back to Grindleford, where we had a little time for pond dipping in the cool river. 

Finally we returned to school via Dore and Totley, tired and hot, but full of adventure stories.