Online activities for young navigators

Stuck inside, but still want to progress your navigation training, take a look here:

  • The excellent Digimap for Schools have provided a huge amount of great resources, see here for mapping ones. If you work in East Lothian contact me directly and I can give you the  login details – all scales of UK wide mapping and imagery online and to print out for FREE for teaching Outdoor Learning in ELC.
  • Ordnance Survey have lots of great stuff in their Get Outside programme – which I’m sure can be adapted for the indoors/garden. For younger kids also see their MapZone
  • Pure Outdoors have a Free Online Course – (though note I have NOT used this so will welcome feedback)
  • The NNAS’s  Outdoor Discover Award also has a set of star awards with suggested activities to do with young people.

Leave a comment below to let others know how you got on, what worked, what didn’t – and other other suggested references?

Enjoy

Andy

Litter Pick Activity – with mapping and curriculum links

Why not get out there, get some fresh air – clean the place up …

Here’s a great resource for linking to the curricular outcomes … Litter pick ideas. If you find any other resources, or want to share ideas – please leave a comment on this post!

To see where other’s have been picking, or to share your pick by enter it on Google Maps  (NOTE – if you don’t have editor privileges on the map please leave a comment with your email on this post and I’ll add you as a map editor)

You can access our all our e-learning activities by clicking here

Enjoy!

ELC Outdoor Learning online

During the time of school closure and looking towards a Blended Learning approach for schools the Outdoor Learning Service will be signposting and providing practical Outdoor Learning resources for digital learning and teaching.

You can access our e-learning activities here.

Follow the link through the ‘Outdoor Learning Online Resources’ document, in the ‘ELC Distance Learning Resources’, in the shared staff google drive.  This will take you to some of the best resource sheets available for Outdoor Learning lessons.

 

Winter adventure residential weekends in the Cairngorms

We are back at the fine facilities of Badaguish in the Cairngorms National Park and offering a choice of 2 winter weekends adventures for secondary pupils across East Lothian schools.

Dates … This year’s dates are 28th Feb – 1st Mar (S2/3) and 13th – 15th Mar (s5/6). To book go here www.eastlothian.gov.uk/outdoorlearningbookings , and select the ‘For Pupils’ tab.

Who can attend …We run two weekends one for S3/4 and another for S5/6. Max group size is 12 per trip. We are after pupils, plus any teachers or volunteers to assist and gain experience.

Why attend … The Scottish winter mountains can be a challenging environment.  They are an excellent place to help you gain skills and confidence. We will help you experience some amazing conditions and hopefully learn some new winter skills – such as using an ice-axe and crampons, or for those that can already ski, maybe some touring off-piste on skis.  And as at least two of us teach Geography there’ll be plenty of glacial features and processes explored and discussed.

Logistics … we will meet after school on the first day of each trip from the Outdoor Learning Service in Musselburgh, returning on the evening of the last day.

Activities will be dependent on the conditions, they will include …
Planning your winter day  – weather forecast, snow-pack, route-choice, what to take? Winter navigation,  technical skills – use of winter boots, ice-axe, crampons Snow craft – building emergency shelters, snow holes Avalanche awareness and emergency response. Winter hill-walking.  Snowshoeing – dependent on conditions. Ski-touring – very dependent on participants prior experience and conditions.  We can discuss when you arrive

What’s included …
Transport 
Self-catering accommodation in 4, 6 or 8 bed dorms
Instruction and coaching from ELC OLS staff
All technical and safety equipment, including shell clothing and winter boots.

What to bring … See here for a kit-list Linen and bedding is provided but you need so bring a towel! Enthusiasm and a smile

Cost  … £95 fully inclusive of equipment, food, instruction and transport

Interested … Book and pay online by going here www.eastlothian.gov.uk/outdoorlearningbookings, , and selecting the ‘For Pupils‘ tab.  We will then email out joining instructions directly to all participants. 

The Adventure Academy needs you!

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What is the Adventure Academy… A group of pupils from across East Lothian Council  schools who meet and work together on a range of outdoor adventurous activities including rock-climbing, orienteering, canoeing, kayaking and mountain sports.

When and where  … From September 2019  fortnightly on Thursdays after school 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Outdoor Learning Service base in Musselburgh.  Monthly weekend day trips, a winter weekend residential and a Summer expedition in the last week of the year.

Who is it for … Any S2-S4 pupil who wants to be inspired, stretched and challenged by outdoor adventures.  It’s for anyone who’s interested in outdoor pursuits as a hobby, or  maybe even considering a future working in the outdoors.

What will it cost …  A nominal charge will be made for transport, entry fees and any residential costs incurred.   We do not anticipate these being more than a couple of pounds per session. The residential will be approximately £100 dependent on the accommodation required.  There is no cost for staff time or equipment.

What will I get out of it … learn new skills,  maybe gain some awards, work as a team, build your resilience and confidence. Have adventures!

How do I apply … download the application form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk.  Including the words ‘Adventure Academy’ in the subject.  Numbers are limited!

I look forward to hearing from you and will respond to your application after the Summer holidays

Andy Duff