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. The building is directly behind the Abbey and is a fantastic base to have during our residential. We unpacked the coach and ate our lunch whilst taking in the panoramic views of Whitby town.
After lunch, we descended down the 199 stairs from St. Mary’s church down to the town. The children were fascinated to discover where the people of old rested the coffins as they took the strenuous route up to the grave-yard with their bereaved. We made our way to 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. We then trudged back up to the 199 stairs to the hostel to unpack our clothes and fill our bellied before heading out again.
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.
On day two of the residential, we visited the RNLI Whitby 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.
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, Mr Wilkinson 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 games in the classroom and talked about the best parts of the trip. We had an amazing time and made memories we will treasure forever!