This week I watched children as they pushed themselves to do things they thought they couldn’t. I saw them jump off poles 4 metres tall and fling themselves off zip wire towers even when they had been tearful a few moments before. 26 of our Y6 children went on our annual trip to Robinwood Activity Centre on Wednesday and spent three days pushing themselves with activities and developing their teamwork skills.
This year we tried a different activity centre and visited Dobroyd Castle near Todmorden. We were dropped off by the coach in the town and then walked up to the activity centre along the canal, over the railway bridge and up the hill to the castle. The children were so excited to see their dorms and even enjoyed making up their own beds. After a quick lunch we were straight into the activities.
Our first activity was the giant swing. What fun to be winched up high and then to ‘chop the banana’ to release the swing. Following that we were straight on to the trapeze, a 4m wooden pole with a tiny platform on top. Once on the platform, the children have to fight their fears and trust their harness as they reach for the trapeze and swing forwards.
Across the three days we were there, the children experienced a number of challenges, puzzles and new experiences. At times they thought they ‘couldn’t do it’ but often they overcame their fears and felt a sense of achievement when they did so. One of the great pleasures of such a trip is watching their faces when they do this and listening to how they encourage each other.
By the time we were ready to return to school on Friday afternoon we were all really tired but agreed that we had enjoyed a great trip. As ever, we were pleased to hear from our instructors that the children from Unsworth had impressed them with their enthusiasm, teamwork and excellent behaviour.
Thank you to all of our Y6 children. We were very proud of you and enjoyed spending time watching your efforts at Robinwood. Enjoy your half term, everybody!