The Penistone Line has had some Busy Bee visitors – children from Busy Bees Nursery in Penistone. The children and staff regularly visit Penistone station on their walks from the nursery and were keen to go for at trip on the train!
When Rowena Chantler, the Community Rail Officer for the Penistone Line found out about this she arranged to visit them at the nursery and then took them on a familiarisation trip on the train.
Prior to the trip the children enjoyed a Peppa Pig story about a train ride and learned about how to behave safely when at the railway station and on a train. For many of the children it was their first trip on a train, and there were lots of excited children when the day of the train ride came!
On the train the children enjoyed spotting all the different animals from the windows, identifying different structures and of course pulling funny faces at their reflections when going through tunnels! The train journey took them to Huddersfield where they stayed on the train ready for the return journey; the children even entertained some of the passengers with their Christmas songs!
The children are now going to be doing a mini project on Penistone Viaduct, looking at different construction methods to build their own viaduct! This project is part on the commemoration on 2016 of the 1916 collapse of the viaduct.
Stella Richardson, Nursery Manager said ‘Exploring and learning about our local community is important to us at Busy Bees nursery. We were thrilled therefore to be offered an opportunity to extend this learning by a visit from Rowena to talk to the children and of course a very exciting train trip!’
Rowena Chantler, said ‘It is important that CRP’s play this vital role in ensuring that even the youngest members of our local communities learn how to stay safe on the railways. Engagement with all parts of the community is very important to us at the Partnership and we look forward to doing more in 2016’