What a brilliant few days all of Y4 had in Castleton! We walked, explored, gem panned, created fossils and lots, lots more.
River Study and GPS Challenge
On our first afternoon in Castleton, we walked to the centre of the village and carried out a river study. We measured the depth, the width, the speed and the temperature of a little river running through Castleton. We then followed instructions on a GPS to answer questions based on Castleton. We walked from the visitor centre, to Peak Cavern and all the way to the church. It was great to work as a team for these activities!
Egg Rocket Challenge
That evening, we created rockets which would launch into the air with an egg attached. Our challenge was to make sure the egg remained in tact! There were lots of different designs, some with eggs attached to the side protected by bubble wrap, and some with the egg on the top of the rocket with capes for a break in it’s fall. We launched the rockets on the Friday.
Bed Time Story
To round off a fantastic day, we had a story read by Miss Caudwell as we relaxed on a three man bean bag. What a great start to the residential.
Speedwell Cavern and the Three Rivers Walk
After a great nights sleep and yummy breakfast, we headed up to Speedwell Cavern. As we arrived, we went down on the boat ride to explore the lead mine. We learnt lots of interesting facts whilst we were down there, including the fact that they only found three lead veins the whole time they were digging down there!
We then headed on our Three Rivers Walk. We slid and slipped about a lot on a very muddy walk but we had a fantastic time learning all about Castleton and taking in the great views.
Gem Panning and Fossil Making
After a great fun filled day, we completed two activities at the hostel. Firstly, we panned for gems, just like miners would have panned for Blue John in the dirt. We found lots of fantastic gems and even identified what they were from the key on the wall. We then learnt all about fossils that have been found in Castleton and had the opportunity to make our own. Another great day in Castleton for all of Y4!
On Friday morning we woke up with mixed emotions. So many of us were gutted to be leaving as our holiday had flown by, but we were ready to be reunited with our family. Before we headed home, we got to explore Peak Cavern. Before entering the cave, we learnt all about how children as young as four would make rope for a living in the cave hundreds of years ago. We then headed on it and what was inside was amazing. What a beautiful cavern.
Thanks for a fantastic holiday Y4. You were amazing from start to end, with great behaviour and were a pleasure to take away.