Orbital Outdoor Programme
Outdoor Resources Brought Into Teaching And Learning
This learning-based programme is modelled around the principle that, through doing and involvement, understanding is gained.
The ORBITAL programme is aimed at junior cycle students in post primary education. On one day each fortnight, they are extracted from the classroom environment and are taken on an educational trip which is linked to elements of the particular Syllabus they are currently working on.
Maths, English, Geography, Art, History, Numeracy and Literacy are all addressed during the outdoor days.
The outdoor days rotate between adventure education, environmental education and community studies. Subject worksheets or study cards are built into the outdoor programme and these are revisited back in the following classroom subject studies.
The programme incorporates all three learning styles: Visual, Auditory & Kinesthetic. The enthusiasm generated by the outdoor days, both prior to and during the excursions, provides a catalyst for learning in and out of the classroom.
School retention and attendance figures have benefited from involvement in this programme.