Primary O-Comp – Results are in!

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Nearly 200 pupils turned out this morning from primary schools across the county to compete in the 2010 East Lothian Outdoor Education Primary schools Competition.  The pupils navigated through the woods of John Muir Park, with only a map (and their brains) to get them round the course.

Thanks to all the teachers, classroom assistants, parents, drivers and of course the Rangers for helping to keep losses to a minimum.  In fact they all made it back.  And a really big thanks to Robin Strain and ESOA for the extra SportIdent kit.

Look for a later post with more photos and a details of the whole day … till then click here to download an Excel spreadsheet of the results.

So you want to teach Orienteering?

Teaching Orienteering

The Outdoor Education Service are now able to offer a nationally recognised CPD qualification for teachers; Teaching Orienteering.

In January East Lothian Council Outdoor Education became the first local authority Outdoor Ed service in Scotland to be able to deliver this training; all three of the service’s Outdoor Teachers are UK CC qualified British Orienteering Federation coaches.

Who is the course for …

The course is aimed at teachers, and others working with young people from primary to secondary school, who want to add teaching orienteering to their skill-set.

Course content …

The course will cover the practical skills and resources to help teachers deliver orienteering to pupils; both in-school grounds and at mapped venues. Course delivery will be highly practical with students setting courses and participating in activities. Content will include orienteering skills and strategies, plus links to curricular outcomes – literacy, numeracy, health+well-being, etc. For more information on how orienteering links to a Curriculum for Excellence see the presentation delivered at the recent East Lothian TeachMeet.

Cost and duration …

There will be modest charge for the course to cover expenses and BOF administration fee. Course duration is one day.

Want to know more …

See course detail here, or contact the Outdoor Ed Service here for more information.

Outdoor Ed present at Teachmeet

Click on the image for the presentation
Click on the image for the presentation

Last Thursdays’ TeachMeet was an ecletic mix … from a presentation on using Facebook to deliver English lit using ‘Manga Macbeth’ (delivered over Skype) to Wall-E themed projects for CfE.

The Outdoor Ed service show-cased the latest orienteering equipment, using this to highlight the links between outdoor activities and the curriculum. The session even included a quick ‘score-event’ for attendees in the Sea Bird centre.

See Teachmeet for more about the event, or here for a slideshow of the Outdoor Ed presentation.

Dunbar Primary P4s go orienteering

Monday was the last of a 6 day programme of orienteering sessions that have been delivered to all four of the P4 Classes at Dunbar Primary School.  Orienteering is an excellent way to get pupils active in the outdoors; not only does it give them physical exercise and fresh air, they also have to work together and learn to navigate using a map. And beyond the orienteering skills there is lots of scope to link back to numeracy, literacy and subject specific outcomes.

The lessons delivered to Dunbar were of two kinds.  Firstly short ‘skills sessions’ in the school grounds where the basics of setting the map, understanding controls and map symbology were covered.  Following this half day session where groups of 12 pupils worked together, then in pairs on their own navigating around routes of controls.  Despite the fairly chilly north sea winds – every pupil seemed to really enjoy the challenge.  And thanks to the support from numerous parent helpers, without their help these sessions couldn’t take place.

For more information on orienteering in East Lothian see , for online orienteering games see and finally don’t forget that the Outdoor Education Inter-primary schools orienteering competition will be held on Feb 10th 2010 – email ‘’ for more details.

SPORTident arrives

Yesterdays orienteering cluster day at Yellowcraigs saw Aberlady, Saltoun and Humbie Primary schools become the first to use OE’s new SPORTident kit.  Out are fixed start times, paper cards and punches. In are electronic controls and dibbers.  The system allows us to run oreineteering events more efficiently – and to give participants much better feedback on how they have done.   Competitors carry an electronic dibber which stores their times for each control.  After finishing the event they automatically recieve a printout of their times, including splits.  This really improves pupils motivation,  and lets them work out what they did wrong, or could do better next time on their course.  And it also makes setting up and managing event results much more efficient.

For more information on using the system or contact Martyn Pegg at OE.