Trips and Visits 2016-2017

Buckden Residential:

Pupils from Year six enjoyed the ninth annual residential trip to Buckden House this year, the previous eight years were held at the Hawkshead YHA in Cumbria.

Buckden is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Buckden is situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and on the east bank of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale.   The village of Buckden is situated where Buckden Gill, which rises on Buckden Pike, joins the River Wharfe.  Buckden Pike is a fell at the head of Wharfedale, a valley in the Yorkshire Dales that stands above the village of Buckden.  Along the Gill is a disused lead mine, Buckden Gavel Mine, which has been designated an Ancient Monument. Buckden has a village shop, a residential outdoor education centre (Buckden House), and a public house, the Buck Inn.

This year we stayed at Buckden House. Buckden House Outdoor Education Centre is a converted manor house in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It is run as part of the City of Bradford’s Children’s Services and has been providing residential outdoor experiences to children and young people for over 30 years.   The house is nestled at the foot of Buckden Pike in the beautiful Upper Wharfedale valley. Buckden House has 61 beds split across three floors, 2 dining rooms, a comfortable lounge, two classroom bases and large grounds.  During our stay pupils enjoyed a range of curricular based and adventurous activities such as ghyll scrambling, caving, village study, team building, orienteering and a healthy walk to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Buckden is most certainly a very stunning and peaceful place.

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Exploring Buckden village and local sights:

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Caving: Our pupils had a chance to explore underground.  Our qualified instructor ensured a safe and thrilling experience; walking through beautifully sculpted stream passages, sliding between smooth and clean washed limestone, marvelling at stalactites and stalagmites.

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Enjoying a nice 4.5 mile walk through the beautiful surroundings.  A chance for pupils to escape from our usual urban environment and to gain a better understanding of the life of the countryside and living in a National Park.

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Team building and orienteering on the Buckden House grounds:                                                                                                     (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)

Ghyll Scrambling:  Often referred to as gorge walking or canyoning, it can be either an ascent or descent of a rocky mountain streams, which locals have always referred to as ghylls.  The ghyll track on this occasion was dry due to lack of rainfall but the climb was exhilarating, fun and a wonderful opportunity to try something new.

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Relaxing at Buckden House and the Night walk.

 

Linking Schools: Nell Bank

Copthorne Primary school pupils (Year 3 Alder) met with their linking schools partners from All Saints C of E Primary school (Ilkley).  Staff and pupils from both schools met at Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre for a day of friendship making and team building.  Pupils from both schools had a great day learning about each other and enjoying the fun activities.

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Cliffe Castle Museum: Ancient Egyptian Mummification

Pupils from Year 3 spent the morning at Cliffe Castle in Keighley.  They went to learn about how the Ancient Egyptians prepared their dead for the afterlife by taking part in a step by step mummification workshop. During the workshop pupils got to see and handle real Ancient Egyptian burial goods.  They also enjoyed looking at the very interesting displays in the museum.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park:

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, commonly referred to as YWP, is a wildlife park located just outside Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Pupils from Year One enjoyed a day at the park learning about animals.  During the visit pupils travelled through the; Lion Country, Lemur Woods, African Plains, Land of the Tigers, Project Polar Reserve, Leopard Heights and saw many amazing and awesome animals.  To see the huge polar bears walking around was a real treat for our pupils.   The tigers were just so majestic and beautiful.  The park has a great collection of some incredible animals.

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White Scar Cave:  Pupils from Year Two explore the amazing White Scar Cave.
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 spate.

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.

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Cartwright Hall: The Art of Islamic Civilisation:  Year 5 pupils.

Using artwork and artefacts pupils explored early Islamic trade, materials, ideas and influences in art as well as understanding the place of early Islamic culture in the context of world culture.  Pupils also uncovered the story of ‘The Arab Weaver’ painting by exploring the lives, home and work of the characters in the painting through discussion.  Through questioning pupils analysed the painting to discover more about the characters, setting and Islamic culture.

Later pupils had a chance to practice Islamic calligraphy using real reed pens and handle some very interesting Islamic artefacts.   

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During the visit to Cartwright Hall our pupils had a chance to see the magnificent ‘Splendours of the Subcontinent’ exhibition:

‘Splendours of the Subcontinent’: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-76

On 8 November 1875, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, arrived at Mumbai (formerly Bombay, India) for a four month tour of the Indian subcontinent. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, he exchanged gifts with over ninety rulers, returning to Britain with a ship full of bejewelled swords, shields, jewellery, caskets and vessels, which are now part of the Royal Collection. Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India, 1875 – 76 recounts this extraordinary historical event through some of the beautiful gifts that were presented from parts of modern day India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, displayed alongside watercolours and photography from the tour.

The exhibition is the first time in 135 years that these magnificent objects are collectively displayed.

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Tong Garden Centre:  Reception pupils visited the garden centre to see plants, flowers and lots of other interesting things.

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Doe Park Water Activities Centre:  Pupils enjoy a day of canoeing and kayaking.   (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)