Year 4's Residential to Robinwood
WE HAD THE MOST AMAZING TIME AT DOBROYD CASTLE AS YOU WILL SEE FROM THE PICTURES BELOW AND ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER WASN'T ON OUR SIDE (IT WAS FREEZING), THE SNOW MADE THE PICTURES LOOK EVEN MORE AMAZING.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE AMAZING ROBINWOOD STAFF WHO LOOKED AFTER US SO WELL, IN PARTICULAR DAN, STACY AND BETH, AND A MASSIVE WELL DONE FOR THE BRAVERY, COURAGE AND DETERMINATION EVERY CHILD SHOWED!
Robinwood can't be accessed by a coach, so we got dropped off at the bottom of the hill where we met our instructors for the week: Dan, Stacy and Beth. They walked us up to Dobroyd Castle where we had to walk along the canal, over the train tracks and up the biggest hill we've ever seen!
When we arrived, we were shown to our rooms and we started the day with our lunch. We were then separated into teams for the week to complete all of the activities.
Dan and Mr Ashford were in charge of Spring Team
Stacy and Mr Cooper were in charge of Rapids Team
Beth, Mrs Wilson and Miss Brown were in charge of Lakes Team
First up was caving. The children got time to explore the caves and then played hide and seek and had to perform a cave rescue on Bob.
Next was the Zip Line and the children loved flying through the skies of Todmorden, even if the end was very slippy and lots of us ended up bouncing back and having to be dragged back in by the instructors.
We learnt about the history of Dobroyd Castle and found out about the dungeons. Robinwood recreated the Dungeon and we had to complete the different puzzles and challenges in the Dungeon to escape!
We ended the first day with the infamous Robinwood Piranha Pool! The children had to complete the clues and get across the pool before the piranhas were released. All children completed the activity with 10 toes at the end!
After tea, we played some team games and the teacher's got caught doing quite a lot of cheating! Miss Brown came up with an ingenious way to keep the bucket on her head for the whole round!
The next day commenced with a lovely breakfast before Knight training began. We completed the Quest which involved finding the clues to escape each room.
Next was Knight Training on the obstacle course! The children were fantastic and Mr Cooper got stuck in the cargo net (the children's personal highlight of the week!). The snow started whilst we were on the assault course, and it didn't really stop for the rest of Day 2!
We headed up to a very cold lake and had a go at canoeing. By this point, it was FREEZING cold but the children did so, so well and gave it a go! We went and warmed up after that because we couldn't feel our fingers and toes!
After lunch it was archery! The children were amazing and Harriet even hit the centre twice! Well done Harriet!
Next was the giant swing and the children helped to pull the children up as high as they wanted before releasing the knight and swinging through the sky.
We ended day 2 with rock climbing and bouldering. The children did really well at helping and encouraging each other up the walls.
Izak and Riley celebrated their birthdays whilst we were away so the lovely team at Robinwood baked them a cake and we sang happy birthday and ate cake in the evening.
It was an early rise on the final day and first on the agenda was the nightline. The children were blindfolded and had to use their other senses to guide their way around the course listening carefully to the person in front of them's instructions.
The children then had a go on the trapeze and everyone managed to climb up the wall onto the platform and some even managed to jump and catch the trapeze!
Our final Robinwood activity was the crate challenge where the children had to build the tallest tower whilst standing on it. It took great teamwork because they needed to pass them up to those on the tower and support each other too. Well done to Tilly, Koby, Charlie and Mr Cooper who got 9 levels high - the highest of every group on the residential!
And before we knew it, it was home time! With the weather, we literally slid back down the hill to the coach and returned to Westwood on a very quiet coach journey full of sleepy children.
The children were an absolute credit to Westwood and all of their parents and represented the school so well! They were so polite, resilient and respectful and we are so proud of them!