5. The ultimate time table
Three full days away from home is generally enough for most 7 to 11 year olds. Since our first course in 1994 we have consulted closely with thousands of teachers and the feedback we have received tells us that a busy three day programme works best. Children have really busy days at Robinwood with activities starting at 9.00am and finishing at 9.00pm. In a 3 day course we typically pack in 15 different activity sessions, which is more than many providers manage to include in a 5 day course.
Activity sessions generally last for around an hour and a quarter, although it does depend to some extent on the activity, with extended periods generally allocated for sessions like stream walk which takes place a short distance from the activity centre and typically needs a little more time.
Keeping sessions relatively short not only allows us to fit more in but also helps to ensure that children are more focussed and engaged throughout
each session than they would typically be if we spent the whole morning on one activity and the whole afternoon on another.
Over the years since Robinwood started we have run a wide range of different activity sessions including things like mountain biking, narrow boating and orienteering to mention but a few. The programme we offer now is based on feedback from thousands of teachers; we offer the activities that work the best for this age group and have been graded the best by visiting teachers.
We deliver activities that challenge children at the right level and give them the chance to achieve and develop over their time at Robinwood. We also continue to develop and improve these activity sessions wherever we can.
We are conscious of the importance of providing the right balance within the activity programme including a range of adventure activities, themed problem solving sessions, watersports sessions, activities that will challenge, activities
that will develop teamwork, activities that will stimulate the imagination and activities that present fantastic learning opportunities in a way that goes beyond what can be offered in a classroom environment.
Activity sessions typically start around 1.00pm on the first day and finish at 1.00pm on the final day of your course, but times do vary a bit from centre to centre. Details can be confirmed when making and/or enquiring about a particular booking.
Our 15 oustanding Robinwood activity sessions
We have 15 high quality activity sessions. Although most are offered at all Robinwood centres, there are some which only operate at selected centres. All centres run a very similar, busy programme with typically 15 activities packed in to three days at Robinwood. There are slight variations in activities offered at each centre and the activity programme also varies according to the time of year.
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.
"I wouldn't really change too much at all. I think you have a really good formula where you keep the children involved, engaged and ready for the next activity. They certainly experience more in a 2 and a half day residential than many children experience in a full week away from school. All of the children loved it.
All of the leaders were fantastic, motivational and worked really hard to ensure the children had a great time."
Mill Hill Primary School, Sunderland