Our School

Developing our outdoor and learning environment...

 

Over the last year we have seen a number of changes to our outdoor environment. At Mattersey we value outdoor learning opportunities and as we have extensive grounds it is important to make full use of them.

 

One of our projects has been to rejuvinate our early years setting.  The children already have a trim trail, but we felt it needed more.  We have removed what was the old pre-school mobile unit which was turning into a bit of an eyesore!  The bare ground left has been seeded and is nicely covered in grass now.  Campbell Designs are currently erecting a wooden climbing tree house and there will be lots of new things for our nursery to explore, such as a water feature.  We were successful in bidding for and securing £10,000 in order to build and develop this area.  The children have been involved in how they would like to see it being developed, so this is a hugely exciting project for us, here at Mattersey.  We are hoping it will be ready in the New Year, so watch this space!  

Another project, again following a successful funding bid, was the installation of a new tyre park.  The children love playing on it and it encourages a wide variety of physical activities.

We have a vast playground with netball nets and a playing field with football nets as well for those keen footballers.  In the summer, the children love to play rounders and tennis on the hard play area.  

 

Another project was to create a Willow Dome, which will not only provide shelter from sun in the summer, but also be used for story sessions and other curricular activities during the better weather. These images show how the dome was created.

 

 

We also have an allotment area at school, which was in need of some attention. Thanks to the PTFA and a few parent helpers, we were able to revamp this and create a more useable and accessible area.  Our plan is to grow our own vegetables and plants, and hopefully use these in our school kitchen.

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