In the Spring term, we were visited by Active Outdoor Discovery, a company who specialise in promoting children’s interest and curiosity of geography. The instructor worked with us to organise a range of activities for every class from Year 1 to Year 6. These included:
● Looking at Ordnance Survey maps to see what the colours and symbols mean;
● Constructing a huge map from climbing ropes on the playground to look at compass directions [KS1];
● Getting out compasses to see how to set a simple bearing and find out how to locate north without one [KS2];
● Measuring distance by counting paces;
● Trying a mini-orienteering challenge - using a simple map of the school, the children used their new skills to search for hidden flags.
The children braved the cold weather and really enjoyed their sessions outdoors. The navigation skills they have picked up, will now be built on in their geography lessons as they progress through the year.