The children of Tanfield Lea Primary School have the opportunity to attend two residential visits during their time with us.
In Year 5 the children stay at Grinton Youth Hostel in the Yorkshire Dales. For many children this is their first experience away from home and is a significant milestone in their lives. The visit is 4 days in length, Tuesday through to Friday, and the children take part in a variety of activities including fell walking, natural artwork and creative writing. They learn more about World War One through a talk from a visiting speaker from the Green Howard’s Museum as well as visiting the museum itself. They also have a tour of the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, learning more about theatre in the Georgian times.
Howtown is an outdoor an adventurous week. This takes place at the Outward Bound Centre in Howtown on the banks of Ullswater in the Lake District. The children develop their resilience, independence, confidence and teamwork skills through a variety of activities including hill walking, gorge walking, canoeing, jog and dip and problem-solving activities.
The children learn a lot about themselves during both residential weeks. Our aim is to encourage the children to realise just how much they are capable of, summarised well by the quote below from Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound.
“There is more in us than we know if we could be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.”
Visit to Grinton
Visit to Howtown