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Y5 Orienteering

posted 25 Sept 2013, 09:14 by Sian Granville
Today, the whole of Y5 spent time with an expert who ran orienteering sessions for us. We started with activities in the hall so we could set a map, identify features on the ground through the symbols on the map and follow a route. We also did some team building and communication races where we had to reassemble a map of Graves park one piece at a time.
Then, in the afternoon, we were outside. We had the whole of the school grounds as our course and it was great. Colin, the coach, had brought some fabulous electronic orienteering equipment to help us. Each pair had an electronic 'dibber' which is worn on the finger of the runner. At each check point, the dibber records you have been there and once the course is completed you go to the finish as quickly as possible and put the dibber in the finish checkpoint. Once you have done that, a second device prints out the time you have taken to complete the course. That data is then cleared off and you can start all over again!
We all had a wonderful time and learnt lots about clear communication, teamwork, encouraging partners and how exhausting it is to run for a whole lesson! Some of us also found out we don't know the school grounds as well as we might have thought.......
A huge thank you to Colin, to Mrs Davis who organised it all and to the Y5 children who showed great enthusiasm for this new activity. Mrs Smith and I were very proud of you all!