School Trips – The Great Day Out!

St Giles School has been researching and learning about contrasting locations in Topic, looking at where we live and then looking at a complete contrast to the Derbyshire Dales. Being in the centre of England where better to go than the seaside to compare and contrast?

Key Stage One were acting ‘slightly fishy’ when they went to Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre.

They experienced the sights, sounds and smells of Great Grimsby as the ‘world’s premier fishing port’ and learned about life for British trawler men - a job described as ‘the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK’

The children were taken back 60 years to discover life for trawler men and their families, both at home and at sea.

The Infants saw where the trawler men ate, slept and worked. They thoroughly enjoyed climbing aboard the historic ‘Ross Tiger’ trawler to experience the conditions aboard one of the heritage centre’s earliest surviving diesel side-trawlers!

It was definitely a big contrast to Matlock.

Key Stage Two visited The Humber Bridge Country Park and Humber Rescue Lifeboat Centre.

The Humber Bridge Country Park is a Nature Reserve with woods, meadows, ponds and cliffs. The tree covered chalk terraces of the old chalk quarry offer dramatic views over the River Humber and towering Humber Bridge. After walking through the woods to get to the shore line the children went where they looked at location clues that told them about the physical, economical and natural environment in the area around the Humber Bridge. The view of the Humber Bridge was breath-taking!

Classes 3 and 4 were then were given a comprehensive tour of Humber Rescue - among Britain's busiest independent lifeboats. The volunteer crew members come from all walks of life and readily exchange leisure, comfort and sleep for cold, wet and fatigue. Their training is vital as it turns the volunteers into lifesavers. Humber Rescue was opened in April 1990 The first incident was attended two days after the boat was delivered and in the first nine months, 27 incidents were attended. By June 2006 a total of 1000 incidents had been attended. 2005 was their busiest year on record with a 106 call outs, followed by 105 call outs in 2006.

The children learned that the River Humber is the second most dangerous river in the world, the first being The Orinoco in South America.

A great time was had by all!

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