Whalley schoolchildren head for Malham Cove

Year 9 pupils from Oakhill College, Whalley, take to the hills around Malham for a geography field trip.
Year 9 pupils from Oakhill College, Whalley, take to the hills around Malham for a geography field trip.

WHAT better way to learn about geographical features than to get out and about among them?

That’s what Year 9 pupils from Whalley’s Oakhill College did on a geography field trip to Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales. Guided by Matthew Young and Lewis Cooke and with teacher Mr Jepson as their tour guest and historical guide, they visited Janet’s Foss and Goredale Scar before heading to the spectacular limestone pavement and sheer cliff face of Malham Cove.

This was all part of their study of the National Park and its limestone features, and among other things they discovered that Malham, mentioned in the Domesday book as “Malgun”, had been a settlement for at least a thousand years.

It proved a memorable way to answering all sorts of questions they may face in future in geography tests and exams.

Also at Oakhill College, as part of National Science and Engineering Week, Year 7 pupils were set the goal of were designing and making hover balloons. There were some wonderful designs, with Georgina Holroyd and Jack Hodder winning the prize for best desig, but the hovercraft created by Charlie Marsden and Daniel Riding clinching the distance prize by a clear 8cm.