Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Year 3 Residential Visit to Malham

Geography Study

Our Year 3 children spent two days in the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, staying at the local youth hostel.

During the trip, the children played lots of team building games and went on a treasure hunt through Malham, using GPS machines to find different locations. We also enjoyed a walk through the local countryside, learning about the history of Malham and some of its local wildlife. We adventured alongside Malham Beck and through a magical woodland with wild garlic fields, leading to the beautiful Janet's Foss waterfall. We then continued our journey to the spectacular gorge, Gordale Scar, and learnt that it was formed by a glacier over 3 million years ago!

Back at the hostel, the children created their own limestone pavement, using layers of bread and jam to demonstrate how the limestone environment in Malham was formed. We even had the chance to use casts to make our own fossils to take home and keep!

Exploring Janet’s Foss, the limestone environment at Gordale Scar and making our own fossils

Year 3 Residential to Castleton 2018

Our Year 3 children spend 2 days away in the high peak district Derbyshire village of Castleton. It has an array of natural and historical features both above and below the ground. Our children spend one night staying at the local Youth Hostel.

They experience:

Fossil Hunting - The children hunt for fossils whilst learning about the 330 million year old inhabitants of Castleton.

Three Rocks Walk - The walk explores the area around the village where the children discover the three different types of rock found beneath Castleton's unique landscape. The walk includes a visit to old mining relics.

Gem Panning - The children use panning dishes to search through sediment from Castleton's river in search of local gems and minerals. What good 'mucky' fun!

Lead Mine - The children get to experience the life of a lead miner by climbing ladders and squeezing past boulders in an imitation lead mine. Dressed in authentic costume, the children learn about the techniques used in the past and the perils faced by miners.