Win Hill (Ben S, Ben D and Josh) recount the day's activities.
When we arrived at St Michael's Centre, we unpacked, made our beds and were issued our kits. Then we went over to Brookfield Manor to do a steam study and orienteering. We split into two groups.
We had to wear wellies and waterproofs to walk into the stream and collect mini beasts.
We were studying how clean the stream was.
When we found some insects, we put them into trays to identify them using a key. Each creature had a point score which we added up and divided by how many we found to give us an average. This gave us the streams Biotic Index which shows us how clean the water is.
We found 3 fish, Stonefly nymphs, a water scorpion, Mayfly nymphs and much more...
Biotic Index (also called "Family Biotic Index") is a scale for showing the quality of an environment by indicating the types of organisms present in it. It is often used to assess the quality of water in rivers.
Orienteering- we worked in teams to locate points around Brookfield Manor.
We stamped our card at each point with a special stapler so we couldn't cheat.
It was quite tiring.
Ben S " I thought today was good and I think I will really enjoy the rest of the week!"
Ben D "I think I will have a great week here. I had fun finding fish in the stream today. I hope we have a nice time on the night walk!"
Josh M " I really enjoyed today especially the stream study because I found lots of creatures."
Higger Tor and Carl Wark recount the day's events:
(Rowan, Huni, Ruby L, Shannon, Alisha, Sophie)
Today we were woken up super early by Mr Marriott knocking on our door - LOUDLY!
We had breakfast and got ready for the day ahead. We packed our lunch and waterproofs and set off on our 6.5 mile journey.
We were split into 3 groups for our activities later in the day.
On our walk, we saw amazingly beautiful views, took lots of great photos and saw lots of wildlife. We even walked through a field full of cows!
We stopped in a wooded area to play the Tree huggers!
We had to work in pairs and one person was blindfolded. The blindfolded person was led to a tree and then felt the tree and gave it a hug. Then they were led back to the start and spun around 3 times before they had to go and find their tree!
It was fun!
Miles later, we arrived at Carl Wark and had some photos. Then we set off for Higger Tor. Here we did our 3 activities. We hopped rocks, completed a weather study; measuring wind speed and hunted for mini beasts.
Rowan, "I had a good time and lots of fun. When I got back I was very tired. I am looking forward to the next activities."
Huni, "My favourite part of today was Higger Tor Rock Hopping because it was exciting and I challenged myself- climbing the really steep hill to get to the rocks!"
Ruby, "I enjoyed today's food: breakfast, lunch and dinner especially tonight's chocolate pudding!"
Shannon, "The journey today was really long, after a very annoying wake-up call from Mr Marriott. My favourite part of today was finally reaching Higger Tor peak!"
Sophie " Today's walk was really tough but I enjoyed it. We climbed so high that we got to see amazing views."
Alisha, " Today has been hard going but I really liked looking over the cliff and seeing all the amazing views."
Stanage recount the day's activities.
(Kelcie, Sophie, Sky, Bethany, Mackenzie, Michaela, Tia, Jae).
Today, we went to Thorpe Farm. We walked there from the centre up through Brookfield Manor and climbed the hills then down into the farm. Half of us visited the farm first and the other half did some conservation work - building a dry-stone wall then we swapped over.
At the farm we had a tour on a trailer ride pulled around by a tractor and we were told all about the farm's history. The farm has been running for over 300 years. We did a cow safari and even watched some cows being milked by a huge and very clever machine.
We then got to have hot chocolate made with the fresh milk and also had an ice-cream each.
The second group saw a baby calf who had just been born!!
Mackenzie, " I enjoyed seeing the cows being milked and having hot chocolate and ice-cream! I also loved the tractor ride"
Kelcie, " I liked the farm and doing the dry stone walling as I've never done anything like that before and it was fun!"
Sky, " Walking to the stream and making our boats for the boat race was my favourite activity."
Bethany, " Today, I really liked making the raft for our duck - called Twinkle Toes - that was my favourite activity."
Tia, "My favourite part of today was eating the freshly made ice cream because it was tasty and seeing the cows being milked was cool."
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