Developing children at Robinwood

Throughout their time at Robinwood, children:

  • challenge themselves to overcome fears
  • improve their listening skills
  • take on leadership roles
  • become more confident speaking out in a group
  • support others in challenging situations
  • become great team members and help their group work more as a team
  • work successfully with children they would not normally work with
  • become more aware of the needs of others
  • improve their problem solving skills
  • develop new skills
  • overcome physical challenges

Developing key qualities, for each group and each child, focused on your priorities

Each activity group has the same group leader for all all 15 activity sessions. Robinwood group leaders are able to tailor your course to focus to develop the key qualities that you feel are most important for your group and for each individual child in your group.

Group leaders spend around 30 hours, over 3 days, with their group. Within this time, they get to know the children so well, that they can work to develop each child as an individual, helping them to gain the most possible from their Robinwood experience.

The broad consultation we have identified the follow 12 qualities that children can develop at Robinwood;

  • Responsibility
  • Cooperation
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Patience
  • Respect
  • Support
  • Listening
  • Developing Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Encouragement
  • Communication

 

We give teachers the opportunity to select 2 key qualities from these 12 for each activity group and 2 qualities from the same list for each child to develop. Group leaders will then work on this, consulting and working together with teachers, throughout the course.

Developing qualities on each activity session

From the list of 12 we have also identified 6 qualities that are best developed on each activity, for example

archery

Archery

  • Listening
  • Encouragement
  • Responsibility
  • Developing Skills
  • Patience
  • Respect
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Piranha Pool

  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Support
  • Cooperation
  • Confidence
  • Problem Solving

Zip Wire

  • Encouragement
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Patience
  • Respect

 

As children move round from one activity to the next, some additional focus is placed on the 6 qualities stated for each session.

Throughout the whole of a Robinwood course you will see children having great fun and thoroughly enjoying themselves. The learning and development that takes place happens very naturally alongside all the action, adventure, teamwork and fun. It is learning through doing, through maximum involvement in each of the varied sessions.

As part of a number of activity sessions we have a review activity which provides a stimulating and fun way for children to consider what they have learnt and gained from the session.

The development that takes place may to a large degree go unnoticed by the children taking part, but it is a very deep rooted positive development that can last for a lifetime, with great memories to reinforce the learning that is gained.