Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2012/13…Last few spaces available…

The Primary Outdoor Learning days so far this year have been well subscribed. These additional days on top of outdoor school provision already provided by the service are designed to encourage schools to get more pupils involved in outdoor learning. So far a very successful year ;

  • 440 pupils have attended the Paddlesport Sessions and  taken part in Paddlepoower Start Awards
  • 125 Pupils attending the Climbing/Indoor Climbing sessions
  • 700 Pupils attending Orienteering sessions around East Lothian

These free sessions, staffed by ELC Outdoor Learning Service Teachers build pupils skills in these activities as well as the generic skills and benefits from engaging in experiential and outdoor learning . The sessions also benefit pupils and schools by providing further opportunities to enhance delivery of the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning.

There are only a few spaces left for the Orienteering sessions and Indoor Climbing – get in touch (  0131 653 5217) to book a session & you can check availability here.

Go on get outdoors and get learning.


If You Wish Upon a Star

Over recent weeks your Outdoor Learning Team have been delivering Orienteering sessions to primary schools all over East Lothian. On these days working as a trio we are able to give high quality orienteering teaching to up to 96 pupils a day. They get a chance to go through basic map setting skills; how to read course descriptions; direction choice; risk awareness; using electronic timing (SportIdent); awareness of stamina and recovery after each course.

West Barns were the most recent recipients of this training and some of their comments (including two stars and a wish) are reproduced below.

Today p6/7 went orienteering at seafield pond. First we got in partners then found a track and had to find aech point on a map. When you got to a point you had a dibber and you had to push the dibber inside the point. Me and Callum won the first 3 out of 4 linear challenges. You won by being the fastest to complete the track. The final track was called score. You had to dibb as many points as possible and the time limit was 4 minutes, if you were over the time limit you got points deducted. Me and my team Callum,Ben and Duncan won!
Star: I enjoyed it very much because I like being active and running about.
Star: I Learnt how to find points on a map
Wish: I think I could of worked better in a team because I kept trying to finnish quickly and left my partner behind.
Star: I learnt the difference between two types of orienteering courses – linear and score. Linear is a line (it doesn’t have to be straight), or a loop, of different dibber posts, from start to finish. Score is when you have a set amount of time (four minutes for our one) and you try to get to as many dibber posts as you can within the time limit. Different ones get you different amounts of points. If you didn’t come back within the time limit you got one point deducted for every ten seconds more than the time limit you got.
Star: I enjoyed using the dibbers because it is bringing new technology into old skills – such as map reading.
Wish: My next step is to make sure everyone in the group gets included.
Wish: My other next step is to practise map reading skills so I get better.
I learnt that you need to have good teamwork with your partner and you have to
make a plan.I enjoyed orienteering because you had to work as a team and to make a plan to prepare for a course.
My next steps are to get better at understanding the map and to find the channels.
Today we took in Orienteering it was active, it was learning so it was learning in a fun way. When we first got there we did some practices for map reading. The most important skill for Orienteering is map reading. We went in pairs and started Orienteering.
STAR: I enjoyed Orienteering because it wasn’t just sitting down in the classroom it was getting some fresh air and it was some exercise too.
STAR: I learnt a bit more about working in a team and giving people the same amount of a chance.
WISH: My next steps are to be a bit more positive towards myself.

For more comments from pupils from West Barns please click here

Move on Up – Primary Outdoor Learning Rock Days

Rock climbing Primary Outdoor Learning Days are now available and in the calendar.

Another great activity for developing self confidence, teamwork and trust. It’s not just climbing you know! More info on these sessions and availability can be seen by clicking here.

Another great opportunity to develop confident individuals,successful learners and responsible pupils through outdoor learning.

Are you ready to move on up.? Don’t miss out! To book contact your  Outdoor Education Teacher/ Co-ordinator.

Primary Schools… do you need a point in the right direction?

Time to get booked up for Primary Orienteering sessions for 2011/12.

These introductory Primary Outdoor Learning Days , orienteering  dates are now in the  Outdoor Learning calendar for 2011/12. They are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn and enhance their basic map skills while working in teams in a range of environments and challenging courses. Great for building awarness of environment, others, self and oh yeah did we mention great fun!

Don’t miss out – Set your, map, get your compass out and get booked on!

Contact your Outdoor Learning Coordinator to get booked up.

For more information /availability click here