Here at Parklands we really believe in children taking part in a Residential. We see the impact that these have upon our children’s writing. We are unique as a school as we make NO charge to ensure every child can attend.
In Year 6 they spend a full week at a PGL centre doing activities aimed to challenge and build team work. When you have been 30 metres high in the sky; attached to a rope; standing facing the elements on the top of a small circular wooden platform preparing to take the ‘leap of faith’; with your heart beating like a drum waiting to explode through your rib cage with your legs turning to jelly………. then, taking a deep breath; you make the leap of faith! Your heart is in your mouth as you grab hold of the ice-cold trapeze. It is then you realise that you have made it; the smile engulfs your face as you now that determination made you the proudest person in the world….. After this, you know how to describe fear in your writing when returning to school.
In Year 5, they spend three days doing a coastal study in the beautiful Whitby. The children get to stay inside the Abbey walls at the flagship Youth Hostel before doing a wide range of coastal activities including dinosaur hunts; beach trawls and fossil hunts. In addition, they study the impact Captain Cook had upon our Empire and look at the fishing industry in a Seaside Town. A day is spent with the RNLI studying the vital role they play in Whitby and obviously the children and staff endure the famous jogging up the 199 steps twice a day.
Year 4 head away each summer term to the Lake District for 3 days of adventure. Kayaking, ghyll scrambling and sunset walks are accompanied by restaurant dining and cook outs. A memorable time will be had by all.
2020 saw the very first Y3 residential as they endured a local study mixed with Space! We partner with Fulneck Independent School where the children get to experience the market town of Pudsey whilst also taking part in a Space Camp. The children get to experience 60 acres of countryside in the evening looking at the amazing stars. We have the luxury of having the Fulneck Science department teaching our pupils all about the adventure of space and rockets before the children put on their walking shoes and see historic town.
We are indebted to our brilliant staff for making these experiences become a reality and to our sponsors who ensure money is not a barrier to learning.