Both year 5 classes went on a residential to the beautiful town of Whitby. The children were so excited to see the sea and the ruins of Whitby Abbey as we descended from the moors down towards the coast. We eventually arrived at our destination – the YHA Whitby.
After lunch, we descended down the 199 stairs from St. Mary’s church down to the town. We made our way to the RNLI to learn how the volunteer lifeboat crews operate and hear about the important work they do, looking after the people on the beaches, saving lives and supporting people affected by floods. To finish the day off we set out off down the 199 stairs again and walked over the river to the Whale-bone arch and Cook Monument. After visiting these we made it back to the hostel and after a bed-time story the children headed off to their rooms.
The next day we visited Whitby Museum to continue our learning about Captain James Cook. The children loved seeing models of The Endeavour and looking at hand drawn maps and reading extracts from Cook’s journal (describing his voyage to the North Pole). We also experienced one of the finest collections of Jurassic fossils in Britain. The museum contained many fossils collected in the early nineteenth century and some from present day.
Later in the day, we trailed down to the beach of Saltwick Bay. The children had so much fun playing on the beach and hunting for fossils! We found a variety of fossils including ammonite and a fossil called The Devil’s Toenail! We were so tired after our fun-filled day and so we walked back to the hostel to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.
On the last night, we ventured through the spine-chilling graveyard, which was eerily illuminated by the moon. Here, we sat around and listened to terrifying ghost stories and clung on to our friends. All was quiet and calm until the bell rang behind us – making our hearts race with fear. If that wasn’t scary enough, Miss Dockerty jumped out from behind a grave as we walked back to the hostel. We ended the evening with a big cup of hot chocolate, played a quiz in the classroom and talked about the best parts of the trip.
On our final day we woke up bright and early. We visited The Abbey’s museum to learn about the history of the building and then had a walk around the beautiful ruins. We finished our trip by walking through the town and visiting souvenir shops, where everyone bought something to remind them of our wonderful trip. We had an amazing time and made memories we will treasure forever!