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)
- Explanation of the map – key, symbols, land marks, north, scale, start point, control point (10 mins)
- Basic orientation of the map in the 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).
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.
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
The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions