Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic, action-packed week in the Wye Valley. Their adventures began in glorious sunshine with a canoe journey along the River Wye, passing through the gorge and daring to take on the rapids at Symonds Yat. It also allowed time for some wild swimming and games in the river.
The following day was spent carrying out a water quality investigation, followed by pony trekking in the Brecon Beacons. The students used nets to search a tributary of the Wye for indicator species. They then carried out a series of chemical tests for nitrate levels, total alkalinity and PH level. Luckily, the river passed the pupils’ scrutiny and was judged to be clean!
The horses took everyone high up on to the mountains, passing waterfalls and magnificent scenery. As well as learning some basic riding skills, the children also learned about grooming and the more confident were able to trot home at the end of the ride.
Geographical surveying equipment was used during the trip to measure and investigate changes in the river. Beginning lower in the valley, the source of the river was eventually located high up on the Brecon Beacons plateau, which commands incredible views across South Wales.
A visit to Raglan Castle, gorge walking through a stunning valley, climbing and caving at Yat Rock and mountain biking through the Forest of Dean resulted in Year 6 having an amazing time which they will remember for years to come.