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Y6 Trip to Blencathra 2016

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Update 4 - Thursday 12th May

The morning started with checking the mammal traps which were set last night. To our delight, we had caught voles, field and wood mice. We couldn't believe it when we caught Chunky again (so named by the 1st group as he had a chunk missing from his ear). Chunky has been caught 3 times over the week so he knows where to go to find his food and bed down for the night!

Then the challenge of the day started- the hike up Latrigg (368m)... and we did it! It took a lot of stamina, sweat, perseverance, determination and bottles of water, but we did it!

Then the pink ladies hit the shops for a spot of retail therapy, followed by a spa experience at Keswick Leisure Centre!

Update 3 - Wednesday 11th May

Well done to the conservation groups today!

They collected a variety of species in nets in the beck at Low Bridge End Farm, identified them and recorded how many of each species they found. These species included leeches, stickleback fish,  flattened May Flies, water beetles, stone flies, hair worms and freshwater shrimp. There was a small dead fish, named Dave by the girls, who received a fitting funeral!

After a great morning canoeing, the other group put their measuring skills to the test investigating Keskadale beck, measuring the width, depth, velocity and gradient.

Great amusement was had trying to catch and retrieve dog biscuits!

Update 2 - Tuesday 10th May

Another amazing day!

The teachers are surprised that there is any water left in Derwent water after two groups went canoeing and seemed to have most of the water in their wellies!

The other group put their teamwork to the test to build shelters. When it came to the waterproof test, some were more successful than others!

Update 1 - Monday 9th May

What a fabulous start to our week in Blencathra!

The sun is shining and views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Our rooms are ready and we've already made our beds (some better than others!). After a brief session learning about John Muir, it was sun hats on, sun cream on and ready for our team building activities. Generally, we did quite well and we certainly learned how to develop our communication skills. The games we played included Lava Flow, Bungee-tastic and walking as a team on skis.

We are looking forward to our evening meal and then our final activity of the day, which will be mammal trapping, an evening walk or an adventure on the low ropes.