Year 4 York Residential 2019

Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 10:21pm

Day 1:

Today we made the long journey to York. It poured down with rain the whole day and we were worried that it was going to stay that way and soak us all afternoon. Fortunately, after lunch the sun came out and we could complete our afternoon nice and dry. 

First we saw the River Ouse and then walked towards Clifford's Tower. On our way, we saw a flood marker and couldn't believe that when the river flooded to its highest hight it would have been over our heads! After Cliffords Tower came The Shambles. This tiny and narrow street reminded us of Diagon Ally from Harry Potter. It must remind lots of people of it because there were 7 Harry Potter themed shops including 'The shop that can't be named'. We had to keep a very close eye on Miss Wheatley to make sure she didn't disappear into any shops as she is a massive Potter fan!

At the end of the Shambles we saw the magnificent York Minster. It was so impressive it made us go "Wow!" At York minster we went on a tour of the Minster, finding out all about its history, stained glass windows and tales of the great Minster fire. We also went into the undercroft where we could see evidence of past buildings that had also been built on this site. 

When we had finished at the Minster, we walked back through York all the way to Micklegate. Did you know that they used to put traitors heads on a spike here to warn criminals coming into the city? Gory! On our walk back to the Racecourse Centre, we saw lots of interesting things. First we saw a Tyeburn. This was the place that a man called Dick Turpin was hanged for being a notorious highwayman. We also saw the building that Terry's Chocolate was first invented. 

On our arrival back at the Racecourse Centre, we rested our weary feet for a short time before our delicous tea. After tea we put our coats and hats back on and walked down onto the racecourse. It was quite scary because it was really windy and dark. When we got down to the racecourse we could see lots of stars and Mr Williams explained that we could see Orions Belt and the Great bear constillations. 

Following our stargazing, we got ourselves ready for bed and had a pyjama parade followed by some more of our story 'Pugs of the Frozen North' then off to bed for, fingers crosses, lots of sleep ready for a busy day tomorrow.

Day 2

After a refreshing sleep, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast that included; bacon, eggs, beans, toast, pancakes and cereal. We then got on our coach into York ready for a very busy day sightseeing and learning about the Vikings. Firstly, we took the amazing pod around the Jorvik museum where we experienced what life might have been like living in a Viking settlement (it was really smelly!). After the museum we learned about the job of an archaeologist. We then had a go at finding artefacts hidden in four different dig sites ranging from the Romans through to the Victorians. Once we had found our artefacts, we then studied them more closely to find out what they were. At the end of this, some of us got chosen to hold a special artefact. As the instructor talked about this artefact it became clear it was something that had once been very unpleasant. It was 1000 year old Poo! Eeewwweeee! We soon learned though, that because of the fossilisation process, the poo was perfectly safe to touch. 

This afternoon, we visited the railway museum. In the Railway Museum, we had chance to explore how steam engines had developed over time. We found a train that had been built in Crewe. It was called the Dutchess of Hamilton and was built in 1938. We also got to learn about how Royalty would have travelled on the railway and also how to use a turn table to change the direction a train is facing. 

Finally we are finishing our amazing day with York's got Talent. All of our acts are very excited to have welcomed our special judges for the night St Grumpypants, Windy Wheatley, Mouthy Marshall, Loopy Lewis, Kit Kat Katie and Mitzi Von Kells!

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Mrs Turner wrote:

Wow, this looks fantastic! You are seem to be having a fantastic time.

Louis’ Mum! wrote:

It look fabulous! Thank you!

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Sophia’s mum wrote:

Hi everyone! Pics look fab! hope you are having an amazing time soph can’t wait to hear all about it!! Reece keeps asking where you are, enjoy and see you tomorrow xx

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Sophia’s mum wrote:

Hi everyone! Pics look fab! hope you are having an amazing time soph can’t wait to hear all about it!! Reece keeps asking where you are, enjoy and see you tomorrow xx

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Sophia’s mum wrote:

Hi everyone! Pictures look fab! Hope your having an amazing time soph, can’t wait to hear all about it! Reece keeps asking where you are 😁 enjoy and see you tomorrow xx

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Melissa Sanderson wrote:

Glad to see that you are all having a great time and lots of fun. Im glad the weather brightened up for you all. Missing you loads Jasmine xx

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Louis’ Mum! wrote:

It looks as though you are all having a fabulous time! Enjoy your last few hours and we can’t wait to see you all when you get back! Don’t bring any of that smelly old poo back though please! 😂

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