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Robinwood Residential

Robinwood Residential - 06/07/08.01.16

Chapel Allerton Primary School
Robinwood Residential – Information for Parents
What activities will children be taking part in?
All activities at Robinwood are designed to be challenging yet accessible for Key Stage 2 children.  The specially qualified staff are adept at personalising the activities to enable children to build their confidence and achieve the best they can.  Included in the activities are:
  • Canoeing
  • Zip wire
  • Climbing
  • Caving (indoors)
  • A range of team building tasks – both indoors and outdoors. 
What if my child has an accident whilst at the Centre?
All the staff at the Centre are first aid trained and if a visit to the hospital is required, children will be accompanied by a member of school staff and parents will be contacted. 
Where will children sleep?  Will the children be supervised at night?
Children sleep in dormitories of between 4 and 10 children, all from our school.  Nearer the time, children can request to be with certain friends and we will do our best to accommodate them.  All bedding is provided and toilet and shower facilities are close by. There is a team of staff who work throughout the night who children can contact from their rooms, and a member of school staff will sleep on the same floor as the children. 
What if my child does not want to take part in a particular activity?
All children are encouraged to try each activity.  However, if they do feel uncomfortable they will be allowed to simply watch their friends. 
What will happen to my child if they can’t swim?
The children will canoe in a purpose built lake which is three foot deep, in canoes which are large and sturdy.  They will be kitted out with a life jacket and supervised at all times. 

What do I need to do if my child has an allergy or other medical need?
Parents complete a medical sheet before departure, please see Mrs Martin in the School Office or Mrs Burton (SENCO) if you are concerned. 

Why aren’t children allowed to take mobile phones or other electrical kit?
The days are packed with activities which means electronic toys are not necessary.  We do not allow mobile phones because we want children to gain a sense of independence during their stay. 
What is the food like?  
It's good and there is plenty of it!  As well as toast and cereals, Robinwood always provide a full cooked breakfast. At lunch time a packed lunch is provided, which can be eaten wherever activities are taking place. Children even have hot chocolate and a biscuit at night to make sure they are not hungry!  Our experience is that children eat really well while on residential due to the number of calories they burn during the activities.  Any special diets can be catered for by the on-site Chef. 
 Please see the menus below:
Day 1 Day2 Day 3
Ham, jam or cheese sandwich
Crisps, chocolate biscuit and fruit
Evening Meal
Cheese and tomato pizza
Fish fingers
Chocolate mousse
Rice Crispies or cornflakes
Cooked breakfast – bacon, sausage, toast, waffles and beans
Spaghetti hoops or ravioli on toast
Ham, jam or cheese sandwich
Crisps, chocolate biscuit and fruit
Evening Meal
Pasta bolognaise
Vegetarian pasta
Rice Crispies or cornflakes
Cooked breakfast – bacon, sausage, toast, waffles and beans
Chicken or vegetarian wrap
Ham, jam or cheese sandwich
Crisps, chocolate biscuit and fruit
What members of the Chapel Allerton team go on the residential?
Mr Sykes attends, along with the Year 6 teachers and possibly some teaching assistants.  However, all activities are run by the Centre staff. 

What kit will children need?
There is no need to go out and buy anything special for a trip to Robinwood as all specialist equipment is provided.  Robinwood also provides a selection of additional clothing which is ideal for Robinwood activities.  Additional clothing provided by Robinwood Activity Centre includes;
  1. heavy duty waterproof cagouls
  2. heavy duty waterproof overtrousers
  3. warm fibre pile tops
  4. warm fibre pile mittens
  5. heavy duty wellies
  6. footwear for watersports activities
  7. full sets of clothing for the piranha pool
  8. additional towels
The clothing list given includes clothing being worn on the journey, so for example assuming you are wearing socks and underwear on your journey to Robinwood, you only need to pack 5 pairs of each!
Suggested clothing list:
  • 3 T-shirts (not vest type)
  • 3 Sweatshirts / long sleeved tops
  • 3 Pairs of trousers
  • 2 Pairs of shorts (mid thigh or longer)
  • 6 Sets of underwear
  • 6 Pairs of socks
  • 1 Pair of trainers (indoor use)
  • 1 Pair of outdoor shoes/boots
  • 2 Towels
  • 1 Coat (ideally waterproof, required for walk to and from centre)
  • 1 Warm hat
  • 1 Pair of gloves
  • 1 Set of nightwear
  • 1 Bag of toiletries
Notes on the suggested clothing
  1. There is a drying room and also provide a laundry facility for children's clothing at Robinwood. Wet and/or dirty clothing will be washed on a 30 degree cycle and dried in a tumble drier. Please do not bring any new or expensive items, or any items which cannot be tumble dried.
  2. As a result of the provision of specialist Robinwood clothing and the laundry facility offered, children do not need to bring much additional clothing with them. Keeping the clothing brought by children to a minimum helps us to reduce lost property.
  3. Due to the nature of the activities it is possible that clothes may occasionally get damaged. All clothing should be suitable for use in an outdoor, and often muddy, environment. Old clothes are best, not new or expensive clothing.
  4. Jeans are not suitable for our activities, as they are cold and restrictive when wet and difficult to dry. Tracksuits or jogging bottoms are ideal, but other trousers would also be fine.
  5. Please ensure, wherever possible, that items of clothing are marked with the child's name. We do our very best to return all property to the children that it belongs to. This is made much easier if items are named.
NB Please do not bring any aerosol sprays. The fire alarm is sensitive in order to ensure high standards of fire safety and aerosols sprayed near any of the many smoke alarm sensors can set off the fire alarm for the whole centre.

Do children need to take any additional money?
We recommend that children take up to £5 to spend at the Robinwood tuck shop which will be open once during our stay. 
How will I know how my child is getting on?
Mr Sykes stays in close contact with school.  We will text you every day with an update (please make sure school has an up to date mobile number), and photos will be loaded onto the school’s website during the visit. 
How do children get to the residential?
On the first day of the residential, parents bring children to Leeds train station to get the train to Todmorden (the cost of the ticket is included in the total price). On arrival, Robinwood staff collect the children’s bags and the children then do a cross country walk to Dobroyd Castle where we will be staying.  We will also get the train back and parents will collect their children from Leeds train station. 
What will happen if my child is homesick?
Children tend to be so busy with the new experiences and having fun that homesickness does not occur.  However, school staff would use their judgement – both as parents and as professionals – and contact parents if necessary. 
What are the educational benefits of a Robinwood experience?
The benefits are many and varied. There are curriculum links with many of the activities, which are developed by the instructors.  Teamwork forms a major part of the course, with the children often split into smaller groups to ensure maximum involvement and benefit.  Children also learn new skills, gain self confidence and independence, develop their social and interpersonal skills and learn to appreciate the countryside and outdoor opportunities.
One of the best things is seeing children learning and working together in a different environment. This will often result in a few surprises, with some of the children who are quieter in the classroom succeeding well beyond what you and they had expected.
What are the staffing ratios?
Children are in a group of up to 13, with a member of school staff and a Robinwood instructor.  Staffing ratios are decided taking account of detailed risk assessment and relevant national governing body guidelines.
Do different schools mix together at a Robinwood?
It is most likely that there will be other schools resident who your children will probably see at meal times and occasionally at break times, but the children are kept so busy there is very little time to mix.
What happens outside the activity times?
Children are supervised by Robinwood staff throughout their stay; whether this is during activity sessions, breaktimes, mealtimes or night times. They also organise things so that when they’re not sleeping they are kept busy all the time. Most of the time that means taking part in activity sessions, but in-between the activity sessions the group leaders get the children involved in games, puzzles, songs and a variety of different challenges which are a key part of the whole Robinwood experience.

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