everything curriculum | April 2018

Orienteering focus

Family fun enhancing the curriculum

Dale Spencer Senior Sports Development Officer at Sport & Active Living

Why orienteering? • Children can work together as a team, with a partner or even on their own ensuring that all children can participate.

• Everyone can progress at their own pace and enjoy a unique sense of achievement.

• Creates an environment for supported learning through peer assessment. • Promotes children to become reflective on their outcomes. • Skills are built upon to provide children with valuable life skills. • A sport that families can enjoy together.

It can sometimes be difficult to ensure that all children are participating in PE lessons. Outdoor learning and allowing children to problem solve and work as a team in orienteering lessons, could be an answer for schools and can even be enjoyed as a family activity.

Laying out control points

Orienteering lesson plan idea – creating a map

Learning intentions: • Pin point locations using a map. • Use effective peer assessment and communication to locate control points.

• In small groups of three or four, give children a blank laminated map of the playground/pitch and a whiteboard pen. Children take turns to mark five control points on a laminated map. Children then place cones out matching their map. Once cones have been placed groups must swap maps with another group and then check each others work. Each group must use one set of coloured cones to prevent cones getting mixed up.

• Spilt your class into small groups and have several groups working at the same time, dropping different coloured cones to prevent confusion.

• Encourage children to discuss why they placed cones where they did or why they think cones are out of place. Ask children to use fractions when pacing out areas on the pitch. For example, finding half the way across an allocated area.

• If a child thinks they have spotted a cone in the wrong location, they can place a hoop over it. This can then be revisited later as a group.

• This activity can be repeated on an area without the markings of a football pitch.


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