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Orienteering in the forest

Orienteering in the forest
Students will be taught how to use a map and compass before undertaking an orienteering adventure with a partner in the forest. Students will be introduced to features of maps including symbols, scale and orientation using a map of an area of forest adjacent to The Hive. 
Please ensure that you bring at least one extra responsible adult with each class/group when undertaking this activity to ensure safe supervision.

Specific learning objectives 

  • to use a map and compass to navigate a route around an unknown area
  • to work successfully in a small team
  • to select and apply their knowledge and understanding when moving from familiar activities/ground to unfamiliar situations 

National Curriculum Links
Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • build on their knowledge of maps and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the field
  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping

Physical Education

  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

PSHE Association Programme of Study
Core Theme 1 - Health and wellbeing 

  • to recognise their personal strengths and how this affects their self confidence and self-esteem
  • to recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem
  • to be able to accept helpful feedback or reject unhelpful criticism
  • the benefits of physical activity and exercise
  • ways of recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations
  • to understand risk within the context of personal safety, especially accident prevention

Core Theme 2 - Relationships

  • the qualities and behaviours they should expect and exhibit in a wide variety of positive relationships (including teams, class, friendships etc.)
  • to further develop and rehearse the skills of team working including objective setting, outcome planning, cooperation, negotiation, managing setback and compromise
  • to further develop the communication skills of active listening, negotiation, offering and receiving constructive feedback and assertiveness