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The children taking part in the orienteering challenge

The children taking part in the orienteering challenge

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Throughout last term, a mixed class of Year 3 and Year 4 pupils from Chipping’s St Mary’s and Brabin’s primary schools enjoyed working together on an outdoor adventure in physical education.

Together with Mr Gordon, a student teacher at St Mary’s, the pupils had the opportunity to take part in many fun and engaging activities, including slack lining, basic survival first aid and a “raft of trust” and group based challenges.

In particular they focused on orienteering, which culminated with a trip to John Smith’s Playing Field in Longridge.

Using skills such as map orientation, control identification and consolidating team work, learnt in school based sessions, the children were allowed to prove their competence in the unfamiliar setting of the park.

After arrival and a brief introduction covering behaviour expectations and safety reminders, the children were paired off and given maps of the permanent orienteering course there.

A spokesman for the two schools said that it was testament to the competence of the children that every single pair successfully raced off to their individual check points and navigated and unscrambled the codes of the two different routes successfully, with no help needed from staff. She said: “Needless to say there were plenty of tired legs by the end of the session, but it was clear from the abundant smiles that every participant enjoyed the task.”