We would like all the Year 6 children to attend the ever popular Year 6 residential school trip. This trip, during the last year of primary school, is an extremely valuable life experience. The children thoroughly enjoy their time and come away with memories that will stay with them for ever. The children learn a tremendous amount about themselves; they will develop confidence, determination, self-esteem, trust and collaborative skills. For some, it will be the first time away from home without other family members. Year 6 is an ideal time for this type of school visit as the children are supported by friends and staff that they have known for some time.
RobinWood Activity Centre
‘RobinWood Activity Center is an outward bound activity centre , which is a location used by many primary schools throughout England. It is situated at Barhaugh Hall, which stands in 9 acres of grounds and is set amongst the rolling hills of the North Pennines. The centre is just north of Alston, in an area designated of 'outstanding natural beauty', and around 20 miles from junction 40 of the M6.
The trip usually runs for threedays with two nights sleeping in indoor accommodation in dormitories on location at Barhaugh Hall. The children sleep in bunk-beds and supply their own duvets or sleeping bags. All the girls share one dormitory with an adjacent room for female members of staff and the boys sleep in another dormitory, in a separate building, also with adjacent rooms for male staff. Both buildings also house ‘bathrooms’ with several toilets and showers. RobinWood provide night staff, who are there for the children during the night, for the pupil's piece of mind.
All meals hot, nutritious and enjoyable and are provided by RobinWood and eaten together in the larger building within the accommodation. Pupils have access to drinks all day and will get an oppurtunity to purchase some snacks on site from the tuck shop.
The children are divided into groups of 10 – 12 for the activities. Qualified staff from the company run and man the activities and are also supported by a member of staff from school. Within reason, the activities will take place in all weathers. Below are some of the activities available. The children are always encouraged to have a go at an activity but are never forced to participate in something with which they are not comfortable.
Some of the activities include: canoeing, rock scrambling; archery, crate stacking, giant swing, indoor wall climbing, 'Leap of Faith', Dragons Quest, night line, caving, team challenge, the famous Piranha Pool and many more.
For further information please visit the RobinWood website or make an appointment with Mr Holliday (Residential Co-ordinator).