Why do we go on residential trips?

At Carnforth School, we believe that residential trips are fantastic opportunities for the children to learn and develop important life skills. It allows the children to enhance a range of skills key to being effective learners, which would not always be possible in the classroom environment. The children are faced with challenges, which encourage them to build resilience, risk take, develop teamwork, communication skills and growth mindset as well as having fun at the same time. When the children return, they always feel proud of their achievements and the sense of independence they have developed during this experience.

February 2022 – Residential Trip to Llanrug, North Wales

Year 5 and 6 took part in their 5 day residential trips to Llanrug. They all showed fantastic resilience when faced with new activities and challenging weather conditions. During the week, the children went down a mine, engaged in gorge walking, rafting, visited a beach and went on night walks in the local area. Alongside the activities, the instructors taught them about the local history. As well as the physical activities, the children showed excellent team work and independence when it came to organising themselves and their kit, ensuring their bedrooms were clean and tidy, setting up for dinner and lots, lots more. Most importantly, the children and staff have built on their positive relationships, which is very beneficial back in the classroom.

We’ve been canoeing, climbing, cooking, scrambling and visiting the beach, as well as making sandwiches, doing chores and having a great time! We loved our time at Llanrug and had lots of laughs with our instructors, Ben, Holly, Mary and Gaz. We accomplished so much, facing our fears, showing resilience and being determined to keep going. We have a lot we can be proud off. Whilst we all missed you guys at home, we loved it and we’ve worked really hard since returning to school. We are however ready for some lie-ins over half-term as we are super tired!

March 2022 – Residential Trip to Oaker Wood, Herefordshire

Year 4 had the privilege of attending their first ever residential trip to Oaker Wood. This was an exciting and adventurous trip where they participated in zip lining, tree climbing and enjoyed a fantastic camping experience, staying in glamping pods and enjoyed a camp fire during the evenings.

The children had a wonderful time and were in fantastic spirits despite it being a bit cold, we even witnessed some snow! Also during our time away, the children made pizzas, created woodland dens and completed Krypton Woodland problem solving. It really was a fantastic and busy 3 days!