Year 6 visited YHA Whitby in Whitby with Year 6 from Bourne Elsea Park for their 4-day residential from the 2nd - 5th October 2023.
On Monday morning, the children arrived early at school excited about the adventure that awaited them. After travelling by coach, everyone was ready to get stuck into their first activity – a trail around Whitby town. During this walk the children saw many famous sights of Whitby including the 199 steps, the Captain Cook statue, the Whitby whale bones and screamed their way through Dracula’s tunnel.
Each group completed a range of activities including a visit to the Captain Cook Museum, where they learnt about the life of Captain Cook, a famous explorer from Whitby. They also had the opportunity to visit a life size replica of his ship, ‘The Endeavour.’
Year 6 were also extremely lucky to take part in a jet polishing workshop and listen to a jet specialist talk about the history of jet and why it is so important to Whitby. The children took their time to polish their own piece of fossilised wood and turn it into a sparkling smooth piece of jet.
The highlights of the visit however included fossil hunting and a coastal walk testing the children’s perseverance and patience as they combed the sand looking for fossils. Everyone found a treasure to take home with them including ammonites, sea glass and belemnites.
The children enjoyed their time on the beach, where they ate chips from the famous Magpie Cafe and played in the sand. Each child had the opportunity to choose and paint a pebble to remind them of their time at Whitby.
Every year we look forward to our Year 6 residential to Whitby, the children make memories to last a lifetime. They showed fantastic perseverance, friendship, kindness, and teamwork throughout the week. All the staff who attended are proud of all the children; it will be a trip to be remembered. It was wonderful to see new-found friendships being formed with the children from both schools.