For schools We have developed a set of durable markers that tie into the National curriculum using numbers as products, single letter anagrams and phonic sounds for younger students. For Secondary Schools the third code changes to elements from the Periodic table.
The codes on the markers are used as answers to prove a student has visited a control. Multiple codes with forgettable combinations mean a control can be visited more than once without the student remembering. This is very useful in small areas such as school grounds.
It also means students only know where they are by map reading, not by sweep searching an area for control points.
The codes can be written on the control cards provided with the scheme or given verbally to the teacher to prove a student has visited the correct control point.
The markers have been designed to expand into learning outside the classroom:
For KS1 students could say or write the letter or write a word containing the letter.
For KS2 anagrams can be used (there is a team anagrams session in the scheme of work)
These are phonics sounds or elements from the periodic table.
For KS1 students could think of a word containing the letters or word which use the letters consecutively.
For KS3 students could identify the elements or describe the reactions between elements
For KS1 students could say or write the number.
For KS2 students could add numbers together or subtract smaller numbers from bigger.
The numbers are also common products – what factors pairs can be multiplied together to get the product? (There is a factor pairs session in the scheme of work)
For KS3 students can write the answers as the product of its prime factors
These are just a few ideas and you will probably come up with your own and find different ways to use the markers that work for you and your school.
The markers can be attached to most surfaces. They can be screwed into wood or cable tied to wire netting fence.
For orienteering with younger students we have developed a set of 10 animal markers. These can be installed permanently or put out for a particular session. For example in a session with KS1 students they would find the number on the map that matches the marker then come and tell the teacher the animal found at that control point.