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Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Orientate the map
  • Use shape and symbols
  • Plan routes
  • Move safely in the outdoors
  • Work as a team

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility
  • Use a key
  • Understand the use of compass directions
  • Experience a range of orienteering courses


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
  • Explanation of the map – key, symbols, land marks, north, south, scale, start point, control point
  • Basic orientation of the map in the course area
  • Map walk orientating themselves and thumbing the map technique
  • Explanation of Star Orienteerin
  • Pupils in groups of 4, 5 or 6
  • Course completion
  • Pupils in smaller groups
  • Star Course completion

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).

Equipment supplied

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

Equipment needed from school

Sun cream if required, caps to be worn in hot weather

Other Information

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