Whitby 2015 Year 6 Residential
Monday June 1st
Year 6 had an early start today! We set off at just after 7 a.m. for our long journey to North Yorkshire. After a
couple of comfort stops, we finally arrived at Scarborough at about 1.30 p.m. We went straight to the sandy beach for lunch - blustery but dry. After our lunch, we had a great time playing on the beach - cricket, Frisbee, making sandcastles, digging holes...........
We set off from Scarborough at about 3.30 p.m. ......... just as the rain started. Perfect timing!
The journey from Scarborough to Whitby took us over the spectacular Yorkshire Moors and we were able to see Whitby Abbey in the distance. We finally arrived at Sneaton Castle with just enough time to find our rooms and take our bags up before dinner.
Monday's menu was steak pie with mashed potato and vegetables, followed by delicious apple crumble and custard. Unfortunately, Monday evening's weather was not very nice - driving rain and high winds - so we enjoyed an evening of games and quizzes in our lounge.
Tuesday June 2nd
Today we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast..... cereal, sausage, scrambled egg, baked beans and toast. We spent the morning at Sneaton Castle playing indoor and outdoor games and had our hot lunch here before setting off for the historic city of York.
We had a great afternoon at the Castle Museum and especially like the old streets full of old fashioned shops. Miss Griggs and Mrs. Barker were a bit upset to find the toys of their childhood in the museum too!
It was a blustery evening in York, but this didn't spoil the fun we had exploring the streets of York through a series of ghostly tales.
We arrived back at Sneaton Castle at about 10.30 p.m., tired and ready for a good night's sleep.
Wednesday June 3rd
Today, we had our usual breakfast and then got ready to set off for our day at Eden Camp. This is an old World War 2 prisoner of war camp and is now a museum dedicated to the Second World War.
We were able to explore the huts and find out about life in the trenches, working on a submarines and what it was like to be part of the Blitz.
We enjoyed an old fashioned Music Hall performance (Mr. Barker loved the George Formby songs!) and we ate our lunch in one of the real Mess Huts.
In the afternoon, we had great fun in the Prisoner of War exercise compound in glorious sunshine - take a look at some of the photos!
Dinner was delicious tonight - chicken fajitas and banana and butterscotch pudding. We walked this off by following the Jubilee Trail in the grounds of Sneaton Castle Estate - the scenery was fabulous and we even made friends with a horse and her foal.
We finished the evening with a VERY competitive game of Racing Rounders. We were all ready for our early night - in bed by 9 p.m. (staff as well!!)
Thursday June 4th
Year 6 had an early start today, as the journey from Whitby to Fountains Abbey was about an hour and a half. (Mr. Barker didn't have an early start ............ something about missing the alarm clock! Oops!)
At Fountains Abbey, we all prepared to spend the day as novice choir monks. Once dressed in our robes, we set off around the beautiful grounds and ruins to learn about what the monks did every day. We had to walk around as the monks did - in pairs, in a line and in complete silence! Yes ......... Year 6 managed to do this very well! Lots of the visitors to the Abbey stopped to watch us and we even had a go at singing in Latin, just as the monks would have done.
After lunch in the sunshine, we got ready to set off for the return journey to Whitby. Before we left the Abbey, several members of the public commented on how well behaved Year 6 were - well done!
Dinner tonight was delicious - cottage pie, followed by fruit crumble and ice cream. We packed our bags and then had a last game of rounders in the grounds of Sneaton Castle.
Friday 5th June
Friday saw us up bright and early to check our rooms, strip our beds and have breakfast before loading the coach.
We enjoyed another lovely breakfast and said thank you and goodbye to the staff at Sneaton Castle, who had looked after us so well. We loaded the coach and then waved a final goodbye to Sneaton Castle as we set off for Whitby Abbey. Luckily, the weather was fantastic again - bright blue skies and sunshine - and we quickly arrived at the Abbey.
We split into two groups and spent time in the visitor centre and shop, before exploring the ruins. From the cliff top on which the Abbey sits, we had fantastic views over Whitby Bay and the lovely beaches. Before leaving the Abbey, we had our photograph taken and we then walked to a lovely spot on the cliff top to enjoy Whitby fish and chips! (The seagulls seemed very interested in our lunch!!)
Once lunch was over, we boarded the coach, ready for the long journey home. What a great week we've had!