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Envirethical Orienteering


Flax or dead cabbage tree leaves

Map of school area


Clipboard or a something to lean against

Key competencies:

Thinking, Using language, symbols and texts, Managing self, Relating to others, Participating and contributing

Curriculum areas:


Position and orientation – Levels 3/4

  • Use a co-ordinate system or the language of direction and distance to specify locations and describe paths.
  • Communicate and interpret locations and directions, using compass directions, distances, and grid references.


Speaking, Writing, Presenting – Levels 3/4

  • Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies with developing confidence to identify, form, and express ideas.

Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies confidently to identify, form, and express ideas.

  • Uses a developing understanding of the connections between oral, written, and visual language when creating texts


Pupils singularly or in groups

Name some cabbage tree or flax leaves (1 or 2 first time around)

Take the leaf and attach (tie loosely) to something in the school

Place a mark on the school map where it has been located

When all groups have attached their leaves maps are swapped

Groups hunt for other teams leaves and retrieve

Could be timed for competition

Repeat, except pupils write or draw a description of where the leaves have been attached on blank paper


Why would you?