Year 4 Residential: Lledr Hall Activity Centre
We are excited to offer our year 4 children the opportunity to spend a a few days away in Wales to take part in some outdoor adventurous activities whilst developing their independence and social skills.
After nearly a year of restrictions we are keen to get outside as much as possible, allowing our children to boost their mental health whilst learning some valuable outdoor skills.
Based in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park this trip is a perfect opportunity for everyone to take on new challenges and create amazing memories whilst away from home with friends whilst being a stepping stone before our year 5/6 full week residential.
Date: Summer 2021
About Lledr Hall
Lledr Hall is a Salford Council owned outdoor activity centre in Wales that specialises in school residentials, providing outdoor education.
The centre is located in North Wales in a small village called Dolwyddelan.
The village is ten minutes drive away from the popular village of Betws-Y-Coed, home of the popular tourist attraction Swallow Falls.
The centre has lots of outdoor space and plenty of local nearby places to visit and explore.
There are no shortages of options for activities, we are a short drive away from the Snowdonia, Glyderau and Carneddau mountain ranges (the biggest mountain ranges in Wales).
We are expecting the trip to be around £50 for three days (two nights).
As this is our first trip we are still in the process of getting exact pricing for transport etc, however we hope to be able to deliver the course for the above amount.
We manage to keep the trip costs low as the course will be staffed by school and not outside instructors.
We have a choice of activities at Lledr Hall, this is normally planned around the ability of the group and the weather.
Our typical week could include the following:
A mountain walk which may be low level or working to reach a summit depending on group ability.
Night walk using torches
Food preperation and cooking.
Local learning activities such as visiting a local castle.
All activities are based around the ability of the group, therefore there should not be any reason for your child to not want to join in.
There may be elements of the day that encourage children to come out of their comfort zone and try some new challenges, however should your child not want to do these challenges then they will not be forced as we want their experience to be a positive one.
As with all activities there is an element is risk, after all nothing we do is ever completely risk free.
With outdoor adventurous activities the risk is often higher than regular sporting activities due to the environment, weather and demanding nature of the activity.
Every activity we go on is risk assessed and safety measures put in place to ensure the experience is not just fun, but as safe as possible, minimising risk by use of equipment where required.
Lledr Hall will provide every child with and safety equipment they may need, including helmets, harnesses, footwear and waterproofs.
The trip will be led by Mr Bloodworth with another member of staff for support.
Mr Bloodworth has completed his Mountain Leader Training, has vast experience in the mountains and has been approved to deliver by a technical advisor.
Mr Bloodworth has also run several self managed residentials at the centre.
To keep costs low we will not be using any additional staffing from Lledr Hall.
Behaviour expectations will be high whilst at Arete due to the nature of the activities and the additional risk.
Children that are not meeting these expectations may be required to change groups away from peers, miss out on activities and lose any free time the group may have.
We always have excellent behaviour whilst away on residentials which has resulted in no injuries in our previous trips.
Breakfast at Lledr will include:
A choice of cereals, toast and jam.
Lunch at Lledr is a packed lunch including:
A sandwich, fruit, crisps, cake, water.
Children are responsible for making their own sandwich and choosing their packed lunch items.
Tea at Lledr will include:
A freshly cooked meal by the group.
Dietary requirements can be catered for providing they are expressed on the Lledr Hall consent form.
Children will be in dorms, sharing with friends.
Boys and girls are on separate floors of the building with staff bedrooms situated nearby.
Bed wetting is not a barrier for attending our residential.
We have on many occasions supported children that bed wet so they can enjoy the trip and have their bedding washed discretely.
If you would like any more information on this or your child will require any support whilst away please get in touch with Mr Bloodworth.
The showers at Lledr are split so boys and girls do not mix.
The showers are in bathrooms similar to what you would have at home.
All the bathrooms have doors for privacy.
Children will be asked to shower each day
Packed into your holdall (not a solid/rigid suitcase as they can’t be stored):
- T shirts/tops/shirts, enough for five days
- 2 warm sweaters
- a spare pair of old trainers (must be secure and laced)
- Slippers for indoors
- Changes of underwear. Changes of socks – not trainer socks
- Trousers e.g. leggings, tracksuit bottoms. Jeans are not suitable for outdoor wear when doing activities.
- Woollen socks – three pairs for walking. Wool is best as it is warmest
- Towels, toiletries in a toilet bag. No aerosols please.
- Gloves, warm hat and scarf (weather forecast?)
- Sleeping bag
- Plastic bin liner for dirty clothes.
- Torch with spare batteries.
- Swimming costume / trunks for water activities (weather dependant)
Please ensure your child’s name is in all their clothing as unclaimed lost property without names will not be returned to school.
Lledr Hall will supply all specialist equipment that is not on the kit list.
Please don’t buy anything specially for the trip.
We recommend old clothes and trainers.
We will be visiting a local shop on our trip so children can buy souvineirs.
There is a limit of £10 for the shop.
Updates whilst at Lledr
School will update Facebook on a regular basis.
These updates may come late at night once all children are in bed.
The Day We Leave
Your child does not need to wear school uniform.
School will be open from 8.30am to those going on the trip, earlier for those booked into breakfast club.
Parents will be asked to register children in before leaving.
Medication and money to be handed into staff.
Bags to be left in the hall for children to put on the minibus.
Parents to then leave the hall, you are welcome to wave us off when we leave (expected to be 10am).