S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Year 6 explore railway engineering on the Monsal Trail

Year 6 explore railway engineering on the Monsal Trail

Last Monday, all the Year 6 children came to school in their tracksuits, ready to set out on their geography fieldwork trip to the Monsal Trail.  It happened to be the wettest day of the term so far, but the boys and girls shared the same view as the staff leading the trip and so we cracked on in the rain.  The purpose of the trip was to bring to life the theme of ‘Engineering of the Peak Park’; something we have been enjoying studying in lessons. We were all clued up on the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel who first created the Great Western Railway between London and Bristol and the Monsal Trail – almost on our doorstep – offered us the track of a former railway with tunnels, viaducts, cuttings and embankments to study.  

We hired bikes from the Hassop Station Cycle Hire (our thanks to Mr Stokes for this). Setting off at a good pace, we stopped regularly to discuss and sketch the key features and admire the spectacular views.  The tunnels also provided a great opportunity for some races to spice up the morning and help keep us warm.

As part of their fieldwork, the children also needed to conduct a visitor survey and this required them to approach visitors on the Monsal Trail – whether they be walking, cycling or on horseback.  

All the visitors we spoke to commented on how well behaved the S. Anselm’s children were and so once back at the Hassop Café we treated them to a hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows.  Well done Year 6!

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