Early in November 2020, we installed a cross curricular orienteering course. Staff have taken part in training (CPD) to enable them to get the children outside more and incorporate it in to their lessons and support our learning outside the classroom (LOtC). Just like ordinary orienteering, the children will be taught to read maps, symbols and instructions in order to find control points. Once found, they then go on to solve a variety of problems by co-operating with their peers and working as a team.
It has lots of different purposes but the main aim is for children to be constantly active so they increase their fitness. It can be used as part of the curriculum in any subject, whether it's Mathematics, English, Geography or R.E. It can be easily adapted by staff for whole clas, small groups or for individual children. Staff will be able to use it at lunchtimes, after school and as a reward scheme.
So far, the feedback from staff and children has been extremely positive and the children will become fitter and more competent with orienteering.
Below are a few examples of the maps and cards used on the course but these can be changed to suit the aim of the lesson and the learning outcomes.