My Caving Experience with My Year 3 Class

Hey everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to go on a school trip with my year 3 class as part of their ‘Stone Age’ topic. However, this was not like any other school trip I have been on as it involved me going underground…in a cave…with 31 children…

One of the caves we explored on the day!

To be completely honest, I was very apprehensive about attending the trip as I did not like the thought of being confined underground for a period of time but I knew that I may never be given this experience again.

I had to make sure that I had everything prepared the night before: thermal hat, thermal socks, thermal gloves, welly-boots, raincoat, thermal leggings and waterproof socks. I also had to make sure that I had my alarm set for 4:45 so that I could get the taxi at 5:45 to be at the school before 7 to help with the children. This was probably the hardest part of the trip.

Once I had helped the children into their thermal boiler suits and packed them on the bus to the caves, my nerves calmed as I knew I had to be brave for the children and be as encouraging as I could.

Yes, I had to climb through this with several children screaming and water filling my boots…still fun though!

As we squeezed through the caves, the leader taught us all about the history of the caves and interesting facts which actually calmed me down. The children really enjoyed learning all they could about the caves in between the times they weren’t climbing over the rocks and exploring the caves deeper.

I found that the trip was amazing for the children in terms of building resilience and trusting their partners to lead them through the dark stretch of tunnels. Seeing them grow braver with each cave they explored was quite fulfilling as some of them were apprehensive about going in the first place.

The trip to the caves was also very beneficial for me as I felt as though I overcame a fear I didn’t know I had. I am so thankful for my placement school for providing me with this learning opportunity and allowing me to experience a trip with no limits.

Overall, after a very long, tiring day, it is safe to say that it was a trip that I will always remember!

Thank you for reading – Lauren x

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