History residentials at Mount Cook get a new look!

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Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire is now offering its history packages with exciting new evening activities from October to March, making a residential the perfect immersive experience to learn about Vikings Explorers, Roman Invaders or Prehistoric Britain.

Each history package is designed to supplement the Key Stage 2 Curriculum and invites students to travel back through time to meet their ancestors. A Roman Centurion will teach the students about military formations and the armour they wear to protect themselves before sending them into battle, whilst a Viking settler will teach students to become formidable invaders, including archery skills and navigation across the land and sea.

The brand-new evening activities will either take place around the campfire or completing challenges to learn more about myths and legends from each time period. The activities take place after dinner from 19:00 - 20:30 and will give your students an opportunity to burn off any last-minute energy before bed.

Learn about stone age style resin glue creation and uses around a warming campfire, or light a spark with bow drills and hand drills in small groups to discover the history of creating fire during the Pre-Historic Britain new evening activities.

The Viking Invader evening activity include The Theft of Thor’s Hammer, where students will complete a series of team challenges using communication, problem solving skills, and teamwork to locate and steal Mjöllnir, Thor’s legendary hammer. Alternatively, learn about the spoken history of the Vikings and how it was passed through generations despite many of them not being able to read or write by creating your own saga around a campfire.

Middleton Community Primary school, who joined Mount Cook for a Viking Explorer themed overnight trip, said “We had already covered lots in class, so this was a great opportunity to apply it and explore practical skills and experiences…All staff were very knowledgeable which put the children and staff at ease, and taught us all something new.”

Making a school trip into a residential has massive benefits, including increasing confidence and self-reliance, through tackling new activities, as well as promoting new friendships and cooperation with others through the simple joy of a sleepover. Staying away from home in a new but safe environment can help ease separation anxiety in primary aged children, which is especially important after the long-lasting impacts of lockdown.

Mount Cook offers residential trips for up to 180 students, including comfy en-suite accommodations and hearty meals to keep energy up between activities. As well as history packages, residentials can exciting outdoor activity programmes with zip wire, archery tag, orienteering, abseiling, and more! The highly accredited centre has recently been awarded with the AALA Licence (Climbing Category) and has since introduced rock climbing and a Via Ferrata for 2023.

Whilst Mount Cook hosts residential trips all year around, history day trips can be booked from October to February, and history residentials from October to March. If you would like to book a trip to Mount Cook for your students, email explore@mountcook.uk or call 01629 823 702.

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