Trips and Visits 2015-2016


Cliffe Castle

Pupils from Year Three got into the prehistoric life during a visit to Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley. Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included wool textile mills and a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China. In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a major restoration. Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history and there is an internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also has the second largest collection of rocks in the country.

Copthorne pupils visited the popular museum to learn about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Pupils were able to get busy with tools and weaponry from the ancient eras during a session with specialist from the museum. They were able to get “hands-on” with real stone-age objects and use archaeological techniques including digging and recording to discover how prehistoric people interacted with the land around them.

The museum’s learning and outreach officer made the workshops fun and interesting for our pupils. They had a great time looking and learning about history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.



Hawkshead 2015                                                      (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)

Pupils from Year Six have been away on the eighth annual residential trip to Hawkshead in the Lake District, Cumbria. Pupils arrived at Bowness-on-Windermere and fed the ducks and swans before boarding a ferry which took them across the magnificent Lake Windermere to the Lakeside Pier. Lake Windermere is 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, it is the largest natural lake in England.

The group then made their way to a new and exciting part of the residential the ‘Grizedale Forest Go-Ape Adventure Park’.  Here pupils had a chance to release their inner strength and overcome their fear of heights as they climbed on the Tree Top Junior Adventure.  The course is designed high up in the trees and is made up of a series of crossings and challenges.  Our pupils started off nervous but by the end they were in full swing and lapping up the experience. The transformation and confidence boost was amazing.  To reward their bravery the course finishes with an awesome zip wire.


The group then made their way to the youth hostel in Hawkshead.  The hostel is an old Regency mansion which overlooks the tranquil Esthwaite Waters.  It makes an excellent base from which to explore the area and Hawkshead village is just a mile away.   The hostel grounds are extremely large and very beautiful.   Pupils had to make their own beds and get familiar with the hostel and the grounds.

During the residential our pupils had a chance to experience some basic horse riding skills at the Bigland Hall Equestrian. They learned how to control, handle and manoeuvre a horse safely.  They also learned how to look after horses and ponies and experienced some work life on the stables.  Pupils enjoyed the visit to the centre especially the ride around the estate.  The route goes through the lanes and travels through the beautiful countryside, the views of the surrounding valley are just magnificent. Another great day and a big confidence boost for our pupils.


During the rest of the stay, pupils were involved in many activities and fun games.  On the last day pupils went to visit Hawkshead Village to learn about its history and see the old buildings.  Hawkshead is a picturesque and charming village in the heart of the Lake District National Park.  It is a delightful place to visit with its beautiful stone buildings, charming streets, and stunning scenery.  Hawkshead has important connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children’s author Beatrix Potter.  Pupils visited an old church, the village square, some shops and then the old grammar school which was attended by the famous poet William Wordsworth.


Our pupils really enjoyed their stay at the YHA Hostel and loved playing in the beautiful grounds.  They enjoyed the activities that the hostel and school staff provided.  Pupils were involved many team building games & activities such as, archery, problem solving games, rocket making, etc. They also enjoyed a mini fireworks display on bonfire night thanks to Mr Darr and his firework management skills.


This year pupils visited the Lakes Aquarium at the end of the residential.  At the Aquarium pupils had a guided tour and had a chance to explore and see the local sea life, some lovely otters and reptiles.



White Scar Cave

Pupils from Year 3 enjoyed visit to the White Scar Cave.

The White Scar Cave is a show cave beneath White Scars just outside Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.

Visitors to the caves walk through an artificially enlarged fissure to meet a natural stream passage – containing underground waterfalls, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and other natural limestone formations. Finally, a recently excavated tunnel and walkway brings visitors to the impressive Battlefield Chamber, a huge boulder-strewn cavern which was formed by glacial flood waters during the last ice age.

The Battlefield Cavern marks the end of the show cave as open to the general public, but for cavers and potholers there are miles more passages and caverns to explore.

The cave was discovered by Cambridge undergraduate Christopher Long in 1923 when he entered the first cave through a crack in the rock. He stuck candles to the brim of his hat to light the way. One of the first things he saw was a waterfall. About 55 tonnes of water cascade over it every minute when it’s in full flow.

The cave was created by the action of carbon dioxide rich water dissolving limestone deposits. It now contains weird and wonderful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. There are literally thousands of stalactites in the 200,000 year old Battlefield Cavern. At more than 100 metres long and up to 30 metres high, it is one of the largest caverns in Britain.




Pupils from Reception classes Hazel and Nutmeg enjoyed a visit to The Deep in Hull.

The Deep is a public aquarium situated at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber estuary.  The aquarium has huge tanks which hold 2,500,000 litres of water and contain thousands of sea creatures including different species of shark.

The visit was related to the topic ‘Cold places’ which pupils have been studying in school.  They have been learning about the Inuit community, snow and ice landscapes and animals that live in the cold.  Our pupils have a particular interest in penguins and that was the main highlight of the trip.  To go and see the beautiful and cute Gentoo penguins which were introduced to The Deep in 2014.  Pupils arrived at the venue and jumped straight into one of the aquarium’s educational programmes.  They covered themes such as food chains, caring for the marine environment, water habitats and predator-prey relationships.   Afterwards they walked around the aquarium and enjoyed the beautiful sea-life, sharks and the amazing Gentoo penguins.


The cool Gentoo penguins.

The gentoo penguin is easily recognized by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head and its bright orange-red bill. They have pale whitish-pink webbed feet and a fairly long tail – the most prominent tail of all penguins.  Chicks have grey backs with white fronts.  As the gentoo penguin waddles along on land, its tail sticks out behind, sweeping from side to side.  Gentoos reach a height of 51 to 90 cm making them the third-largest species of penguin after the two giant species, the emperor penguin and the king penguin.  They are the fastest underwater swimming penguins, reaching speeds of 22 mph. Gentoos are adapted to very harsh cold climates.  Gentoos live mainly on crustaceans, such as krill, with fish making up only about 15% of the diet.


Visions of the Ocean, Coral Reefs, Endless Ocean and the Kingdom of Ice.



Viking Day    (Velkomin – Welcome)

Pupils from Year Four experienced a day in the life of a Viking at the Danelaw Village in York.

The Danelaw Dark Age Village is a unique educational environment that is designed to support the study of life in Saxon, Viking or Medieval England.  The large village which is excellently made contains a number of small houses, a long house and fields with animals, the village offers an atmospheric learning environment within which children of all abilities can immerse themselves in the chosen topic.

Our pupils and staff were greeted by costumed staff on arrival and for the majority of the day worked with our pupils and showed us around the Viking village, they made the whole experience very exciting and interesting.

Period-appropriate costumes were provided which enhanced the Viking experience.  Our pupils carried out a range of activities during the day as the villagers of a Viking Settlement.  These included entering a neighbouring Viking village and going inside a smoky long house which was very life like.  Here pupils learned heaps about the Viking way of life and got a real sense of how Vikings lived on a day to day basis.  Other activities throughout the day included weapons training (with blunt, dummy weapons), guard duty, pottery, making a Viking board game and studying lots of artefacts.  Various visitors arrived during the day to create role play scenarios.  The Viking village was fabulous and our pupils really enjoyed being Vikings for the day.

Góðan dag/Góðan daginn – Good day.




Hesketh Farm: farm park at Bolton Abbey.

Pupils from Reception classes have been looking at the topic ‘Doing the animal bop’.  They have been learning about farms, parks, animals and pets.  To further investigate the topic they visited Hesketh Farm in Bolton Abbey to see a real working farm and its many animals.  They enjoyed the day with a tractor ride through the 600 acre farm, bottle feed some orphan lambs, visited many animals, collected some eggs from the hen houses, hand held some cute chicks and enjoyed the lovely weather and scenery.

Reception pupils will also visit a Pets at Home store to see what sort of pets are available and what it takes to look after them in a proper way.



Victorians: Thackray Museum

Pupils from Year Five have been studying the Victorians and as part of the topic they visited the Thackray Medical Museum to get a further insight into the lives of Victorian people.

The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is a museum of the history of medicine. The museum houses a collection of over 47,000 objects from medical history which date from Roman times to the present day.

The building itself is a Grade II listed building, the former Leeds Union Workhouse, built in 1858 to accommodate 784 paupers. By the end of the 19th century, the buildings had become largely used for medical care of the poor, rather than workhouse and training. During the First World War it was called the East Leeds War Hospital, caring for armed services personnel.

Highlights in the museum include Leeds 1842: Life in Victorian Leeds: visitors walk through a reproduction of slum streets complete with authentic sights, sounds and smells and are invited to follow the lives, ailments and treatments of eight Victorian characters, making the choices that determine their survival amongst the rats, fleas and bedbugs.

During the visit our pupils enjoyed a workshop at the museum which was led by a museum staff member who acted out the role of a very strict Victorian teacher.   She led the workshop and gave our pupils a research task. Pupils were given some props and literature to look through. They had to look at the clues and find out about the lives of different Victorian characters. At the end of the workshop some of our pupils had to dress up and pretend to be that character. The role play by the pupils was excellent with some amazing acting skills.

All the pupils then got to dress up as Victorian children and were taken down the Leeds 1842 streets for a close to real life experience of how some Victorians lived.



National Media Museum

Pupils from Year Three visited the National Media Museum.  They participated in a Shadow Science workshop and learned about light and shadows.  They also toured the seven galleries to learn about the evolution of television, photography, animation and the internet. They specially enjoyed the interactive galleries, the Games lounge and the Magic Factory.



Doe Park Water Activities

Year Five pupils enjoyed the annual Doe Park Water Activity day in Denholme.  Both classes got the chance to get into the water and experience some kayaking and canoeing.  It was an amazing experience for our pupils with lots of confidence and team building during the day.  Our pupils had a fabulous time on the Doe Park reservoir.



Cartwright Hall

Pupils from class 4 Poplar visited the Cartwright Hall in Bradford.  The purpose of the visit was to explore British values through the medium of art.  During the workshop pupils learned about laws & liberties and respect & tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  Learning these values will help our pupils to contribute positively to life in modern Britain.



Education Day – Headingley Carnegie Stadium

A mix of pupils from Year 5 & 6 attended the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Stadium for an Education Day, which was organised by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.  During the day our pupils were involved in four workshops;

  • First aid training – saving someone’s life
  • Sun awareness & healthy lifestyles with Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • Learning to negotiate a business deal with professional lawyers from Pinsent Masons
  •  Kwik cricket – pupils enjoyed learning cricket skills on the Yorkshire pitch with professional coaches.



Lightwater Valley

Year Six enjoyed their final and most eagerly awaited trip of the year to Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon.  They had an awesome day and definitely mastered all the rides.  Hope you enjoy the photos.