On Monday 29th June, Year 3 headed over to the Castleton in the Hope Valley to visit Treakcliff Cavern to find out more about their science topic on ‘Rocks and Soils’. Thankfully, during a hot and humid day, we went deep into a cavern to observe the rock formations and look at how they mined Blue John stone – it was a cool 11 degrees down there!
We looked at all the different fossils that dated back 350 million years and were amazed by the beautiful veins of Blue John stone that ran through the rock. Towards the end of the tour we arrived in a chamber that looked like it was made out of treacle! We had to spot different shaped stalactites and stalagmites such as a bunch of carrots, a dog’s paw, a dragon’s head and a stalk.
The final highlight involved a trip to the gift shop to buy some souvenirs where the pupils had chance to purchase some semi-precious stones and calculate the cost to ensure they hadn’t spent more than their budget!