All of our activity sessions are carefully planned in such a way that 7 to 11 year olds can
experience challenging adventures that are appropriate to their abilities and their stage of
personal and physical development.
For example :
- Climbing sessions take place on purpose-designed walls that are no more than 9 metres in height, to provide an experience that is challenging, without being overwhelming.
- Teamwork activities are brought to life by the imaginative stories that our instructors tell, to capture the interest and enthusiasm of junior age children.
- Canoeing takes place on shallow sheltered water, with the bank always within easy reach and a qualified group leader close at hand.
All our energy is directed into offering the best possible experience for Key Stage Two groups, with courses designed to help children develop and really benefit from their time away.
We select staff who are good with and want to work with this age group. Activities take place within environments designed on a safety first basis
and tailored to the needs of this age group, whilst still ensuring a good level of challenge. We employ staff who are making a definite choice to work with this age group and who have an enthusiasm and talent for working with this age group.
Our themed problem solving sessions, including ‘Piranha Pool’, ‘Quest’ and ‘The Dungeon’ are ideal for this age group. Each of these sessions captures the imagination of the children, generating excitement and enthusiasm to solve the problems and complete the task. Teams of Robinwood staff design the problems, working within the overall theme of the session.
Group leaders tell great stories to bring things to life, but at the same time are focussed on the best approach with open questioning and suitable prompts when needed to ensure that everyone gains the most they can, developing teamwork and problem solving skills in particular.
The fact that we focus exclusively on key stage two, also means that there will be no secondary school groups on centre when your course takes place. We do know from schools who have previously visited other centres, that having groups
of teenagers at these centres at the same time can on occasions create some issues. Safety, Enjoyment and Learning are our priorities, in that order.
Robinwood courses are adapted for different year groups
Our courses are suitable for the whole of Key Stage Two. Although the majority of groups are years 5 and 6, we also get a significant number of year 3 and year 4 children.
For year 3 and year 4 groups choosing our three day course, we have adapted our timetable, with some variations to activity sessions, with the possibility of earlier bedtimes and a bit more time available at different intervals throughout the course.
There is a meeting scheduled right at the start of each Robinwood course, for teachers accompanying the group to get together with their Robinwood course leader. At this meeting arrangements can be made for any little variations that will help ensure the success of your course and in particular any changes to accommodate groups of younger children.
What Schools say about trips to Robinwood
We really appreciate all the recommendations we get from schools who have visited Robinwood and the number of schools who come for the first time as a result of recommendations from friends and colleagues. We are constantly updating the comments from schools who have recently attended a Robinwood Course. The schools that attend come from areas of the Midlands, throughout the North of England and up into Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it, See what they have to say about robinwood. For more testimonials and recommendations visit our Highly Recommended Page.
"Year on year our Robinwood experience is an amazing highlight in the school calendar. It seems things just keep improving and getting better and better. The clear focus on developing the children as unique individuals working together, as part of a team is fundamental to the experience. Our Y6 pupils and staff came away from the 3 days with such great memories.
Thank you to all the staff; especially our group leaders for their fun, energy, patience and enthusiasm.
We can't wait to come back next year !"
St Peter's CofE Primary School, Newton-Le-Willows, St Helens