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?



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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


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ELC Outdoor Learning online







During the time of school closure 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 tasks.

Please to follow us on social media for more information.

Our primary channel will be Twitter @eloutdoored

We are also on Instagram @eloutdoored and Facebook @elcoutdoorlearning

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East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2020


2020 EL Schools’ Orienteering competition will take place at John Muir country Park.

This fantastic sporting opportunity is available to all Primary students from P4 to P7. A little previous experience through some orienteering training at school is required for entry – please talk to your PE specialist. Unlimited numbers so please feel free to bring along whole classes or even year groups. Entry is free. All P4/5 will be required to compete as pairs. P6/7 can decide whether to compete solo or as a pair.

Typical Course

John Muir Country Park. Bus parking available; toilets; beach; playpark. Walk/ Cycle from Dunbar /West Barns. If any school getting train we can arrange pick up and drop off from railway station. Buses stop at entrance to JMCP – 106,120, 130, 253 X7. The park is on the route National Cycle Network 76.

Wednesday the 20th May 2020. Competitors may arrive for registration anytime from 0900 to 1430. Course will close at 1530

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved social skills, integration into peer groups and extending social networks for young people. It is also associated with reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in young people…
British Heart Foundation (2014)

Orienteering Experiences and Outcomes across all Levels

The course itself will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Registration will take a couple of minutes and the walk to the start will take approximately 10 minutes. Pupils will be set off with at least a 30 second interval between each competitor. For 30 children expect to be on site for a minimum of 75 minutes. We will have other orienteering activities near registration and there is a play park on site and the wonders of the beach along with toilets – so feel free to plan to stay longer.

Results will be live at the venue throughout the day. Each competitor will receive a certificate and there will be opportunities promoted for taking their orienteering further with local club links

To take part
Please register your school with numbers and arrival time with Martyn – at by Friday 1st May

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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 , 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 …
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, , and selecting the ‘For Pupils‘ tab.  We will then email out joining instructions directly to all participants. 

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