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Amazing action-packed residential for Year Sixes

Bushcraft trip - picture of joy

Year Six pupils embraced being outdoors as they embarked on a fun residential in the village of Castleton and the surrounding area.

Utilising the wonderful facilities available in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, the boys and girls threw caution to the wind as they took part in a range of exciting outdoor activities.

The children got to know their surroundings by going on a scavenger hunt and trying their hand at orienteering.

They also created some beautiful nature art, designed egg rockets, tried archery and used steels to get a fire started.

In the evenings they took part in fun team building games.

The year group also headed to a couple of venues around the Longshaw Estate area – including Yarncliffe and Lawrencefield quarries – where they had a go at zip wiring, abseiling, Tyrolean traversing, map navigation and completing a mixture of team building and problem-solving activities.

The activities saw the children demonstrate resilience, cooperation, grit and togetherness.

The boys and girls had a lot to say about the residential. Evangeline C and Anabelle W said: “Our trip was an amazing experience because we were all very supportive and kind towards each other and worked well in our team groups.

“The abseiling, climbing and other activities at the quarry took most of us out of our comfort zones but it was a great opportunity to try something new! Most of the activities we had never tried before so it was exciting to try something different.”

Poppy S commented: “I loved seeing the wildlife and exploring nature,” and Thomas C added: “I’m not usually interested in nature but became immersed in the beautiful views.”

Harry G said: “I was so scared abseiling but I made it to the bottom with encouragement from friends and was really proud of myself,” Freya C said: “Doing archery for the first time was fantastic,” whilst Emmy L summed things up eloquently: “The team activities in the lush, emerald woods helped me clearly understand what teamwork really meant.”