Year 4 pupils of a Chester school have been keeping active.

The youngsters at The Firs School, Newton, stayed at Dobroyd Castle near Todmorden for a three-day activity trip.

The event was designed to build confidence and knowledge for the children, who experience a range of physical activities and challenges, some undercover and some in the castle grounds of Robinwood.

Indoor activities included archery, climbing, caving, fishing in the piranha pool, the Dungeon of Doom, Quest, trapeze and the Crate Challenge.


Year 4 pupil, Prashanti Guruprasad, said: “The crate challenge was one of my favourite activities because you had to build a tower and had to be on it. It’s all about working as a team. We got up to nine metres.”

Activities within the grounds included the zip wire, giant swing, obstacle course, night line and problem solving.

Year 4 teacher Chris Roach added: “All the activities were fantastic and great for the children’s confidence. It was important each child enjoyed, contributed and learnt with every activity.

“Problem solving brought out key qualities and enabled them to learn self-reliance.

“The night line, where they have to guide each other through physical obstacles in goggles so they can’t see, allows them to experience what it is like to be blind and therefore experience a world of darkness and how you rely on other senses.”

On the three-day adventure, all 24 pupils were able to go caving and canoeing on the lake.

Year 4 pupil Jake Roberts added: “Canoeing was amazing! We soon learnt. I’ve never been canoeing before but we even played stuck-in-the-mud and water basketball.”

Headteacher Margaret Denton said: “The Year 4 week-long residential to Robinwood is an important part of the children’s development here at Firs where they learn that they can achieve a great deal more that they first think they can, especially as a team.

“It teaches them to ‘have a go’ physically and mentally.”

The children continue their quests now at school, with art displays and other projects based on their findings which they present at a review evening for parents.