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Y5/6 Snowdonia residential 2018

Day 1

We started off by visiting SeaQuarium in Rhyl - the children were interested to see all kinds of marine life and to be able to touch some creatures as well! After this, we explored Conwy Castle - the towers, staircases, rooms and turrets were all investigated with great eagerness! It was incredibly high up, and there were great views of the bay and town below. We enjoyed watching a multimedia art installation showing different aspects of life in the castle through animated images in a fireplace. 

After settling in at the hostel and having evening meal, we spent the evening on the beach having fun playing volleyball, paddling in the sea and making sand (and clay!) beach sculptures. A very packed and enjoyable first day! 

 

Day 2

We ventured to Snowdon and began with a visit to the dramatic and massive-scaled hydro-electric power station at Dinorwyg, 'Electric Mountain'. We walked to nearby Dolbadarn Castle and explored the ruined tower that once defended the valley. After this we travelled up by train to the summit of Snowdon. The children really noticed the change in atmosphere and temperature at the top of the mountain, and were impressed by the views from the train and the summit. We were fortunate to have clear views from the top - an exhilarating experience!

In the evening we ventured up to the Ski Village in Llandudno for snotubing, tobogganing and golf - probably the highlight of the trip so far. Lots of excitement and adventure as the children sledged down the lower part of the ski slope in the snotubes, travelled down the bobsled toboggan run and achieved a 'hole in one' several times on the miniature golf course.

 

Day 3

We left the warm sunshine behind and went underground, first to experience life as a Victorian slate miner and learn just how hard it was to hand-drill through rock in the pitch dark for a few pence wages a week. We then continued our underground adventure at Zip World Bounce Below - another abandoned slate mine but this time equipped with slides, trampolines and net tunnels. This has become the new highlight of the week, as the children loved bouncing and chasing around in the dramatic setting of the 300ft deep cavern. All very hot and exhausted when we emerged into the sunshine!

 

Day 4

Another glorious day - this time we walked up to Aber Falls, where we saw the stunning waterfall. We created a natural measuring metre-stick and took river measurements which we will use to draw the profile of the river bed back at school. A floating apple enabled us to record the average flow rate of the water at different parts of the river course. In the late afternoon we returned to Llandudno beach, walked along the Victorian pier and created some great sand sculptures - a race against time as the tide crept in! 

 

Day 5

On the way home, we visited Techniquest Glyndwr in Wrexham. The children had a great time exploring hands-on science activities and experiments, followed by a Lego coding workshop. A super end to the week's activities!

Picture 1 Day 1: SeaQuarium
Picture 2 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 3 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 4 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 5 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 6 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 7 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 8 Day 1: Conwy Castle
Picture 9 Day 1: Llandudno beach
Picture 10 Day 1: Llandudno beach
Picture 11 Day 1: Llandudno beach
Picture 12 Day 2: Dinorwyg Electric Mountain
Picture 13 Day 2: Dolbadarn Castle
Picture 14 Day 2: Dolbadarn Castle
Picture 15 Day 2: Snowdon Summit
Picture 16 Day 2: Snowdon Summit
Picture 17 Day 2: Snowdon Summit
Picture 18 Day 2: Snowdon Summit
Picture 19 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
Picture 20 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
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Picture 30 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
Picture 31 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
Picture 32 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
Picture 33 Day 2: Llandudno Ski Centre
Picture 34 Day 3: Llechwedd slate mine
Picture 35 Day 3: Llechwedd slate mine
Picture 36 Day 3: Llechwedd slate mine
Picture 37 Day 3: Llechwedd slate mine
Picture 38 Day 3: Llechwedd slate mine
Picture 39 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 40 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 41 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 42 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 43 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 44 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 45 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 46 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 47 Day 3: Zip World Bounce Below
Picture 48 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 49 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 50 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 51 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 52 Day 4: Aber Falls
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Picture 54 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 55 Day 4: Aber Falls
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Picture 57 Day 4: Aber Falls
Picture 58 Day 4: Llandudno beach and pier
Picture 59 Day 4: Llandudno beach and pier
Picture 60 Day 4: Llandudno beach and pier
Picture 61 Day 4: Llandudno beach and pier
Picture 62 Day 4: Llandudno beach and pier
Picture 63 Day 5: Happy Birthday!
Picture 64 Day 5: Happy Birthday!
Picture 65 Day 5: Techniquest Glyndwr
Picture 66 Day 5: Techniquest Glyndwr
Picture 67 Day 5: Techniquest Glyndwr
Picture 68 Day 5: Techniquest Glyndwr
Picture 69 Day 5: Techniquest Glyndwr
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  • Hampsthwaite Church of England
  • Primary School,
  • Church Lane,
  • Hampsthwaite,
  • Harrogate,
  • North Yorkshire,
  • HG3 2EZ

Hampsthwaite CE Primary School is part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7663935.

Registered Office: St. Aidan’s Church of England High School, Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8JR.

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