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Reach For The Sky!

Students will learn how to (safely!) climb a huge oak tree giving far-reaching views across the Solent back to the mainland.

Sessions are delivered by mature instructors who encourage independent learning, foster a sense of self-belief and teach responsible risk management in a fun and safe environment.

All safety equipment is provided, along with expert instruction. We love the fact that it's not always the children that are usually best at sports that achieve the most during this activity...

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Fun Factor 100%
Educational 80%

Average rating from past clients: 5 out of 5

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Goodleaf Tree Climbing is best suited for children 7 years and up as well as adults

Goodleaf Tree Climbing is great for all ages, but perhaps a little overwhelming for the very youngest visitors

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Goodleaf Tree Climbing FAQs

Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to Goodleaf Tree Climbing, posed by teachers and other group leaders

Is there space to sit and eat a packed lunch picnic?

Large picnic blankets are available, or you can walk down to the beach nearby

Are there any special requests or processes for group leaders on arrival?

On arrival you will be met by a Goodleaf staff member (unless advised otherwise) who will escort you to the climbing area. This can be a bit of a walk - 10 minutes. En route you will pass a public toilet facility - this is the nearest one to the climbing area.

At the tree the order of play will be outlined depending on the size of your group, and alternative activities offered for those needing to wait.

Each group will receive a detailed safety briefing before being allowed to climb.

Is there somewhere to eat lunch?

Ground sheets can be provided for you to eat a packed lunch picnic style. You could always head down to the beach nearby or to any of a handful of local cafes on the seafront.

Are there any accessibility concerns?

You need to cross a 100m or so of grass to reach the climbing area so this may present difficulties for wheelchairs or the infirm, but once at the tree the team have all the necessary equipment to allow full participation in virtually all cases.

Are there any considerations regarding infection control?

All equipment sanitised after each use

How long does the activity take?

Students will climb in small groups and depending how the day is structured each group will need around 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete their climb. We can arrange other self-led activities in the area for waiting groups, or arrange coach transfers to allow half-day swaps with other activities elsewhere. The climbing tree is in a large public park adjacent to a large sandy beach, so there's plenty of scope.

Are there any toilets on-site or nearby?

Public toilets 5 minutes walk from the tree in the direction of the car park

What about bad weather?

It is safe to climb during inclement weather but obviously the chances of postponement or cancellation increase if the forecast is more than just a shower. For this reason we usually try to schedule climbs for the early part of the week to give a little flexibility in case of weather related delays although this does of course depend on availability. In the lighter months, evening climbs are usually possible.

How do bookings / payments work?

We will pre-book your visit for you and this will be paid directly by Education Destination. All you need to do is show up at the agreed time, introduce yourself to the instructors and take it from there!

Are there any special requirements?

All safety equipment will be provided but you do need to dress appropriately. This means sturdy footwear - no open toes - long sleeves and long trousers or thick tights / leggings to lessen the chance of abrasion injuries.

What about toilets?

There are public toilets within a few minutes' walk of the climbing area. As these are out of sight of the tree we strongly suggest adult accompanyment.

Is there anywhere on-site or nearby selling snacks, drinks or ice cream?

No, although there are cafes nearby

Are there any special or unusual requirements I need to know about before visiting?

For tree climbing, long sleeves and long trousers / leggings / thick tights are required to avoid abrasion injuries. Open-toed shoes are not permitted. All safety gear is provided. Goodleaf is entirely outdoors so dress accordingly.

Are there any first aid facilities?

Staff are first aid trained and carry basic equipment

Educational Resources for Goodleaf Tree Climbing

The following Goodleaf Tree Climbing educational resources are FREE to use when you book your trip with Education Destination. Some include pre or post-visit classroom work, others are on-site activities. All are accompanied by detailed Teacher Notes and some even have sample lesson plans!

Prepared by our expert team of teachers with local Island knowledge, each resource addresses a specific National Curriculum topic. Click on any image for full details.

Goodleaf Tree Climbing is proud to be part of the Island Classroom

6 Learning Opportunities at Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Visit Goodleaf Tree Climbing on an Isle of Wight school trip with Education Destination, and here are some of the learning opportunities available alongside having FUN!

Goodleaf Tree Climbing Isle of Wight school trip learning opportunities
  1. Artistic interpretation of trees

    • Consider how popular artists such as Hockney, Klimt, Cezanne, van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt and Constable interpreted trees as part of their landscapes and practise ones own techniques considering composition, shade, tone, colour, transitions, layering, light and texture.

      Primary subject: Art & Design
      KS2 Upper resource ideas
      KS3 resource ideas

  2. Applied TrigonomeTREE

    • Utilise various methods to calculate the height of a tree using trigonometry and determine which is the most accurate

      Primary subject: Mathematics
      KS3 resource ideas

  3. Identify trees from their leaves

    • Indentify features of variation by collecting leaf samples and studying these to determine the species of tree they originated from

      Primary subject: Science
      KS2 Upper resource ideas

  4. Follow maps and directions to find bounty

  5. Creative writing influenced by trees

    • Trees become the inspiration for creative writing - perhaps a story about an insect or animal living in the tree or relying on the tree for shelter, or consider the colours of a tree through the seasons as inspiration for writing similes and metaphors. How about becoming the tree in your writing (personification), living through the ages, describing the experience of growing?

      Primary subject: English
      KS2 Lower resource ideas
      KS2 Upper resource ideas
      KS3 resource ideas

  6. Why are there safety rules for tree climbing?

    • Think about WHY rules exist to keep tree climbers safe and test your own understanding of the do's and don'ts before crafting your own rules for an imagined given situation

      Primary subject: English
      KS2 Upper resource ideas

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