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York Day 1 2023

*Please note, some of the pictures (below) have been taken by the children

Day 1 York 2023

After a calm departure from Elm Tree, the coach of Year 6 children headed north for Day 1 of the much-anticipated York residential trip. Our driver, Kevin, made excellent time and we arrived at the Railway Museum for our designated slot to explore and enjoy time in our groups. The children showed enthusiasm for the exhibits and were, of course, brilliantly behaved!

Next, there was a quick hop back on the coach into the city and lunch in the park. Our packed lunches had clearly been carefully considered by parents as collectively, we could have fed the whole of York! Needless to say, no-one was hungry!

With the sun blazing down – no raincoats needed - the group divided for the Jorvik visit and shopping in the Shambles. The Jorvik Museum is a truly incredible experience (although the smells are revolting!) as it is so immersive. The ride through the life-like Viking streets is fascinating and covers so many aspects of the archaeological finds in York. It was such a pleasure listening to the children chat and answer questions with the ‘Vikings’ at the museum.

Shops in the Shambles – a narrow street of overhanging buildings - are quaint and very much like being in Diagon Alley. Despite the Harry Potter gifts and homemade fudge, ice-creams were the best seller and were much enjoyed by many of the children. The day had grown hotter and our party were beginning to melt a little.

A short stroll to York Minister before heading for the bus was lovely. However, we were all pleased to feel the air-conditioning and just relax as we headed for the Premier Inn. Luckily, there was time to shower and change before dinner, which was great as we all needed to freshen up!

By the time we arrived in the restaurant, our children had already been complimented on their manners by other guests at the hotel. That makes all the planning and organising so worthwhile – thank you Year 6. Dinner was delicious and seemed to be enjoyed by all – the ice-cream sundaes were amazing but beat even Mr Wyer!

And so to bed. The rooms are quiet and calm. The children are sleeping. All is well.

Good night from us all in York.

Crafting a Viking Coin for Year Six

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Handcrafted Viking Coin