Cave Explorers

Year 3 pupils swapped a day in the classroom for cave exploring when they went on their first trip of the School year to Castleton in the Peak District.
 
After a beautiful journey through the countryside, the pupils arrived at Treak Cliff Cavern and embarked upon a steep climb up to the cave. Once inside, the pupils polished and learned about Castleton’s famous “Blue John” stone, discovered how stalagmites and stalactites are formed, and found out about the history of the caves whilst being led through the caverns by the knowledgeable tour guides.
 
As the day changed from misty morning into sunny afternoon, the pupils ate their lunch before venturing into Castleton where they were put to work investigating the ancient village, finding out about the Castle itself and making sketches of the twelfth century church and village memorials.
 
Deputy Head of the Junior School, Mr Johnson commented: “It was a fantastic day. I am delighted that many members of the public said how impressed they were with the children’s behaviour and knowledge. A big thank you to Miss Buckley for organising and Mr Offord for leading the trip, as well as Mr Simpkins Cowell and Mrs Hodgkinson for accompanying the children.”

Year 3 pupils at Cheadle Hulme School polish and learn about the Castletone "Blue John" stone at Treak Cliff Cavern in the Peak District