26/05/2017 at 05:51
After a good night’s sleep, (half an hour extra for Gabriel) we started the day with breakfast of cereals, poached eggs and beans on toast. The children then made their own packed lunch and got ready to head out.
Half of the children set off with Mr Cooke and Mrs Elam to meet Chris Young and Matt Asquith at Gisburn Forest. After accidentally taking the ‘scenic’ route to get there, the children were glad to get out of the bus and get cycling. All the children successfully completed a skills loop and then rode along the beautiful forest tracks. Some of the children attempted some of the harder ‘red’ route. Although there were a couple of minor accidents resulting in some grazed knees and elbows, all the children showed great determination and are very rightly proud of their achievements.
The other half of the children went to Ingleton to walk the waterfall trail. The children followed the trail down past the waterfalls and at the bottom had a nice paddle in the stream. On such a hot day, the children really enjoyed dunking their feet in the stream. Many of them ‘accidentally’ fell in and got a lot more than their feet wet – there were some very soggy, but happy children on the bus back to the lodge afterwards.
After lunch, both groups headed to Settle to swap over activities and as an extra treat, had a little bit of time to play in the park.
After a full day of cycling and the waterfall walk, we had some free time at the lodge this evening. Our tea consisted of sausages, mashed potato and lots of vegetables, followed by a beautiful lemon sponge (made by Miss Bradley) and custard.
Many children made the most of the glorious weather to play outside in the garden while others showed off their skills when the games room was opened. We have some budding talent at pool and table tennis. We gave the children 15 minutes notice before we held a room inspection. Almost all the children had lovely tidy bedrooms. We will let you guess which children were not so tidy…
The end of the evening was spent going through the children’s highlights of the trip so far. Some of these included being proud of themselves for completing the caving or cycling challenges, seeing the sand martins on the river study walk, teasing Mr Cooke for his accidental detour on the way to cycling and laughing at the staff singing while cooking in the kitchen.
After a hot chocolate and biscuit, it was bed time. We must have managed to completely tire them out as, once again, every child was asleep within 15 minutes (and the staff were not far behind!).
Due to some technical problems, we have been unable to post any photos. We will add these to the postings when we are back at school.
25/05/2017 at 06:08
The children from 5B arrived safely at Ribblehead to some beautiful sunshine. After having lunch and waving off the children from 5L, the children had a tour of our lodge and made their beds (some with some ‘interesting’ results).
The next challenge was caving close to Ribblehead viaduct. The children, led by Charlie Pyatt got suited and helmeted and headed underground to explore the caves. All the children were very brave with most attempting the challenges. We were very proud of all of the children. Although the caves were fairly dry, we still got lots of water in our wellies which ended up on a couple of children’s heads when we got back to the lodge! Trying to remove Fraser’s wellies was a challenge in itself…
The children also took part in a river study where they looked at different features of rivers and showed off their knowledge.
After all the excitement, we came back to the lodge and had a slightly late meal of tomato soup with fresh bread rolls, followed by a pasta bake with garlic bread.
We headed out on our night walk just after 9pm armed with our torches ready to explore the surrounding area. We had a lovely walk and arrived back at the lodge just before 11pm where we ended the evening with a hot chocolate and biscuit before getting ready for bed.
Despite some of the children claiming to not be tired, every child was in bed by 11.20 and asleep by 11.40. Hopefully everyone will have a good night’s sleep ready for cycling at Gisburn forest and Ingleton waterfall trail on day 2.
Photos will follow shortly.
24/05/2017 at 17:19
The children all fell asleep very quickly on Tuesday night and were harder to wake this morning. We had a good breakfast and packed our things ready for departure at lunchtime. The children were generally organised and packed well (with the exception of the room called Selside).
During the morning, we split into two groups and did a series of short visits. We visited the viaduct and the information about its construction in the old station. There was a spectacular air display of house martins around the old station and we saw lots of nest building and feeding activity.
Most of the time was spent at Chapel le Dale church where we learnt about the lives of the navvies and their families and all the loss of life 1870-75 as the viaduct and Blea Moor tunnel were being built. We studied the burial records for the church and did an investigation into the ages of those who died. For this period, the number of burials in this graveyard went up by a factor of 20 and the site had to be enlarged. Sadly, we found little evidence of head stones for the graves of the poor that died.
We had lunch with 5B who were arriving for their three days away and then we caught the train from Ribblehead back home.
Thanks to parents that were able to meet us at New Pudsey station and help us. A big well done to the children and to the staff and volunteers that helped us over the three days. I think everyone is shattered and they should all sleep well again tonight. They were a good group to take away and hopefully they enjoyed their trip.
23/05/2017 at 21:36
The children got up shortly after 7 and had cereal, toast and jam or beans/poached egg on toast. Some children chose to have a look at the sterilised bones that we had collected the night before.
We went cycling at Gisburn Forest with Chris Young from British Cycling and Matthew Asquith from East Bradford CC. The children found the cycling challenging but were very resilient and determined.
Brianna: “My favourite part was a tricky descent to the reservoir and my foot got caught on a tree root.”
Some children did a skills loop to practise first. Some of the route was graded ‘red’ which was great for many but too hard for some. The forest tracks and gentler single track through the woods was good for all. We did have some small accidents and three children have some minor cuts, scratches and bruises. One girl has quite a lot of scratches on her arm as she had an off-course excursion through a bramble! All the children are fine and got straight back on their bikes after mishaps: our Farfield children are tough and determined! I was very proud of them.
The other half of the day was spent on the Ingleton Waterfall Walk – what glorious weather it was! We walked up a hill then down into the gorge. We saw lots of waterfalls and then paddled in the lower stream. One lady visitor commented to Mr Durkin about how well-mannered we were.
22/05/2017 at 23:41
This evening, towards the end of the Night Walk, Dylan commented: “It’s hard to believe that this has all been the same day!”
We got here safely although the minibuses were diverted due to a road closure and the ‘railway children’ were a bit delayed. After the children had all got off the train, a man called Phil Jackson introduced himself to Miss Levett: he is a Health and Safety advisor for Leeds City Council and he had been on the trains since New Pudsey watching the Farfield group and judging us against the risk assessment and plans we had made. He had ticked off every element of the risk assessment and reported that Miss Levett and the children had been exemplary! He spent the rest of the afternoon with us and left very happy.
The children are all safe and sound but tired. It is ten past eleven as I type this and the children are having supper and hot chocolate. Lights out will probably be about 11.30 or so.
This afternoon the children have been caving and have done a river study. The children have been brave and rose to the challenges of the caving. On the river study, we looked at different features of a river and were able to watch spectacular sand martins. At one point, seven sand martins shot out of their holes close by like cannonballs!
For dinner we had delicious home made tomato soup followed by a pasta bake and garlic bread. For pudding, we have had apple and rhubarb crumble and custard (rhubarb from Farfield Farm).
Later on, we went for a night walk. Highlights were no doubt finding an almost complete skeleton of a sheep (much of which we will be bringing back to Farfield for our Nature Table) and then a sheep skull watching us from the top of a wall as we went through a deserted, derelict settlement!
Tomorrow, we have mountain biking and the Waterfall Walk.
Update: The children fell asleep very quickly and have had a good night’s sleep as far as we can tell. A few are stirring now (between 6 and 7) and we will wake them all up soon.
22/05/2017 at 16:20
Maths: After working very hard, pupils have just about finished their geometry topic. We have learnt a great deal including: how to measure and estimate angles; how to identify shapes based on their features; how to reflect geometric designs across a line of symmetry; how to translate shapes and describe translations; finally, how to write coordinates and plot the missing points for various polygons.
Next half term our math’s topic will be ‘measures’. During this topic we will learn: how to write time both in an analogue and digital format; how to work out time intervals; how to plan fun events by using our time effectively; how to convert between units of time; how to work out area and perimeter of shapes; how to convert between units of money; how to convert between metric and imperial measures; finally, how to solve problems including ALL of the above!
As you can see, even though its the last half term we will still be very busy. To get a head start you can make sure you are confident in telling the time both using a digital and analogue clock. You should also brush up on you skills involving adding and subtracting with decimals, as this will help you when trying to find change from amounts of money.
Literacy: In Literacy pupils worked extremely hard this half term. We covered some very tricky SPAG elements such as prepositional phrases and modal verbs. This is something we will do some more of in the last half term. We also spent several weeks working towards an extended piece of writing. Pupils were directed to write an explanation text on a topic of their choice. We had some really unique and creative ideas, from how to execute the perfect fly-kick, to how to perform tricks with a fidget spinner!
Next half term we will be travelling back in time to learn about William Shakespeare and we shall be studying some of his plays. We may have a go creating our own play scripts and we may even have a go at performing them too! To prepare for this, it would be very helpful for you to have some knowledge of at least one of Shakespeare plays. There is a wide variety of ways in which to ‘get into Shakespeare’. There are many child-friendly play adaptations and also child-friendly cartoons or theatre productions which you could watch.
Trip to Yorkshire Water Treatment Works: We had a truly fantastic trip to the water treatment works. It felt very special to be able to actually get right up to the various machines that filter the water and make it safe for us to drink. We learnt an awful lot and all this knowledge will come in very handy for our upcoming topic on the water-cycle, with a particular focus on rivers, to support our visit next half term to Malham. Please enjoy the photos attached. 5L’s photos to follow!
Residential: Of course, the last week of this half term is all about RESIDENTIAL!!! We hope all the children have a safe, enjoyable time and gain a lot from the experience. There will be blogs to follow which will include lots of photos, so keep checking the blog for updates (especially if you are missing your little-ones and the house is eerily quiet!)