EducationPromoting Outdoor Learning through Orienteering

Sta January 2010 Colour Numeracy

Sta January 2010 Colour Numeracy
Credit: Terry O'Brien

Last Updated: Wed 23 Jun 2021

Updated 23rd June 2021

Although each package consists of a certain quantity of maps this in no way reflects how many different times/ways/approaches can be used to deliver orienteering.

A variety of 'Organisational Approaches'' - Pairs / Individuals / Team - as well as on occasions sampling a selection of Controls from Courses and then moving from participation > performance and challenging memory all contribute to making Orienteering a valid sport to be incorporated into a PE Department's Programme.

Further details including an indication of costs involved email

STAG , in conjunction with Mathsrevision.com/ we have now completed 57 school projects to enhance the availability of Orienteering as a catalyst for learning.

Orienteering is known as “Cunning Running” & “The Thought Sport” where physical fitness & intellect have to combine to achieve success. Throughout SCOTTISH EDUCATION, the delivery of Learning Outcomes in Health & Well-Being is everyones responsibility & not just Physical Educationists!

Although our initial work focused on our sport as the catalyst, we are now exploring ways in which the many disciplines within the Physical Education Curriculum can be used to drive forward, augment and strengthen the work undertaken within the Mathematics Curriculum through the active health & learning approach. Further links with Science and Home Economics are also being actively researched.

ORIENTEERINGLASGOW

STAG’s successful Sports Lottery application to establish permanent facilities in all major Glasgow Parks provided a second level for Orienteering to take place. In 2003 in conjunction with Glasgow City Council Education Department a partnership was entered into to map all Schools within the City. Funding was however withdrawn in 2005 and the project remains incomplete.

Schools' Development

Despite this disappointment, STAG has continued to assist schools, mostly through the delivery of Orienteering via Physical Education by upgrading maps to full colour, installing permanent courses on site & creating teaching packs for the delivery of Core Physical Education.

  1. Cathkin High School, Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire.
  2. Coltness High School, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. (School demolished).
  3. Chryston High School, Muirhead, North Lanarkshire. (School demolished).
  4. Lourdes Secondary, Glasgow.
  5. Notre Dame High School Glasgow.
  6. Rosshall Academy, Glasgow.
  7. St.Ninian's High School,, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.
  8. St.Paul's High School, Glasgow.
  9. St.Thomas Aquinas Secondary, Glasgow.
  10. St.Bridget's Primary, Baillieston, Glasgow.
  11. Bankhead Primary, Knightswood, Glasgow.
  12. Lochend Community HS, Easterhouse, Glasgow.
  13. Kirkshaws Primary, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire - map produced only.
  14. Coatbridge High School, North Lanarkshire.
  15. John Paul Academy, Summerston, Glasgow.
  16. King's Park Secondary, Glasgow.
  17. Knightswood Secondary, Glasgow.
  18. Avenue End Primary, Glasgow.
  19. Mount Vernon Primary, Glasgow.
  20. Carmyle Primary School, Glasgow.
  21. Swinton Primary, Glasgow.
  22. St.Blane's Primary, Summerston, Glasgow.
  23. St.Mary's Primary Maryhill, Glasgow.,
  24. Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.
  25. St.Aidan's Primary, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.
  26. St.Ambrose High School, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. {MEGA 70 sites}.
  27. Thornlie Primary, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire
  28. St.Mary's RC Primary, Boness.
  29. Oakgrove Primary, Glasgow.
  30. Duncanrig Secondary, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. {MEGA 70 sites}.
  31. Eastmuir School, Barlanark, Glasgow.
  32. Taylor High School, Carfin, North Lanarkshire.
  33. St.Andrew's Secondary, Carntyne, Glasgow. {MEGA 70 sites}. CPD delivered.
  34. Calderhead High School, Shotts, North Lanarkshire. CPD delivered.
  35. St.Timothy's Primary, Greenfield, Glasgow G32. CPD delivered 2nd June 21.
  36. Firpark Secondary, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. CPD delivered.
  37. King's Park Secondary, Glasgow refurbished and CPD delivered Sept 2020.
  38. Lochend Community High School - replacement of 5 markers.
  39. Bishopbriggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire. CPD delivered.
  40. Holy Cross Primary, Croy, North Lanarkshire. November 2020. CPD pending.
  41. John Paul Academy - +35 markers now a MEGA site. December 2020. CPD delivered.
  42. Hillpark Secondary, February 2021. Resources delivered. CPD pending.
  43. William McIlvanney Campus, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire in conjunction with LOST.
  44. St.Joseph's Academy, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire in conjunction with LOST.
  45. Stewarton Academy, East Ayrshire in conjunction with LOST.
  46. Lenzie Academy in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. March 2021. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD delivered 12th March 2021.
  47. Turnbull High School in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. March 2021. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD delivered 5th May 2021.
  48. Douglas Academy in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. March 2021. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD delivered 28th April 2021.
  49. Kirkintilloch High School in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. March 2021. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD delivered 16th June.
  50. Merkland School, Kirkintilloch in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. PC installed. Maps printed internally. CPD delivered 1st June 21.
  51. Grange Academy, Kilmarnock in conjunction with LOST. March 2021. PC checked. Maps in print via LOST.
  52. St.Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch refresh in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. March 2021*. PC refreshed.
  53. Loudoun Academy, Galston in conjunction with LOST. April 2021*. Installation completed and checked. PDFs printed.
  54. Bearsden Academy in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD delivered 22 June.
  55. Lenzie Meadow Primary in conjunction with EDC Outdoor Education Services. PC installed. Maps now printed. CPD delivered 25 May.
  56. Barony Campus, Cumnock in conjunction with LOST. April 2021. PC installed. Maps printed. CPD pending via STAG.
  57. Gairloch High School, Highland Region. Map surveyed and PC installed Thurs 29th April. Support materials now supplied.
  58. Confirmed as a MEGA Project - 70 controls for Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld.*
  59. Confirmed as a MEGA Project - 70 controls for St.Andrew's HS Coatbridge.*
  60. Enquiry from Glencryan School, Cumbernauld.
  61. Twechar Primary and local area.

* In preparation.

Discussions are ongoing with East Dunbartonshire Council Outdoor Education Services and East Ayrshire Council's 'Learning Outdoor Support Team' on how our partnerships can be further enhanced. Contact has also been made with The Scottish Advisory Panel On Outdoor Education (SAPOE) and The Scottish Physical Education Association (SPEA) to take this venture forward.

We are also assisting TAYSIDE ORIENTEERS with their Strathearn Schools Project.

Curriculum for Excellence

Terry O’Brien, BEM (retired PE Teacher) & Bernie Lafferty (Mathematics) @ St.Ninian’s HS Kirkintilloch are pioneering not just how Orienteering can be enhance through the delivery of PE & Mathematics but also how other subjects can embrace the Outdoor Education Theme. Cross Curricular Projects or IDL (Inter Disciplinary Learning) using Orienteering as a catalyst are highly challenging & rewarding to all participants & not as daunting as it may seem at first glance.

What facilities are required?

An Orienteering map of your school campus, the installation of a permanent course with supplementary equipment to enhance the challenge, sets of maps & guidelines.

All these educational tools can be set up through STAG. We may undertake projects where the map has been produced by someone else but this shall be decided on a case by case basis.

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STAG Resources2 5th Nov20

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Bishopbriggs Academy C19 X Curricular

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Calderhead HS Nov2020

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File 9 Holy Cross Primary Croy MAP19 29 Oct20 4 WW

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Eastmuir Primary April2017

Master PC Lourdes Sec 1000 Map Colour A4 PC 05 Aug2010

Master PC Lourdes Sec 1000 Map Colour A4 PC 05 Aug2010

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STANDREWS Sec 2018 Map 12