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Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Recognise shapes from a birds eye view
  • Use shape and symbols
  • Explore a simple map
  • Move safely in the outdoors
  • Work as a team
  • Experience physical exercise in the outdoors

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility
  • Begin to orientate the map
  • Experience a star orienteering course


On arrival a member of OEE Team will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

Can be led by centre teacher or by visiting teacher.

  • Introduction in centre using wall map/birds eye view (10 mins)
  • Toileting/walk to hall and gardens area (10-15 mins)
  • KS1 'photo' orienteering in Walled Garden or Hall grounds followed by a 'star' orienteering course in the Hall grounds in groups with adult supervision. 
  • KS2 will use orienteering maps to complete 2 'star' courses in Brackenhurst estate
  • Both key stages will be introduced to map reading techniques which will include
    • Explanation of the map- key, symbols, land marks, north, scale, start point, control point (10 mins)
    • Basic orientating of the map course area (5 mins)
    • Map walk orientating themselves and thumbing the map technique (20 mins)
    • Explanation of the Star Orienteering Course (5 mins)
  • Pupils in groups of 4,5 or 6 (5 mins) Course completion (25-30 mins)

Detailed activity sheets can be found in the Problem Solving and Adventurous Activities at the Environmental Education Day Centres curriculum material for groups self leading orienteering sessions. Copies available at the centre.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 – 10 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Maps, pencils, orienteering cards, clipboards, control punches, first aid kit

Equipment needed from school

Sun cream if required, caps to wear on hot sunny days

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions

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