"Overthorpe is more than just a school ... "
We are fortunate enough at Overthorpe to have beautiful and well-planted grounds which give us a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities.
As part of our "Curriculum Fit for Overthorpe", we ensure that our children learn about the importance of healthy food. This is why we grow fruit and vegetables in our polytunnel and raised beds all the year round. We pick these and use them in our cookery lessons, our PTA sell them at our tuck shop as tasty nutritious treats or they are used in Our Neighbourhood Nest.
Small groups of children are taken each day to learn outside. We use our woodland area for den building, identifying plants and wildlife and finding materials for art work. We use our pond area for pond dipping and learning about life cycles and seasons. We use our fields and meadow areas as an outdoor classroom for a whole host of other opportunities ... we even have an Anderson shelter, a Viking house and a space where we built a huge Viking longship!
Early Years and Pre-school also have their own outdoor areas, complete with mud pits, dens, shelters, tracks, water, construction and sand.
Our Neighbourhood Nest runs half-termly "Love Our Outdoors" sessions where local volunteers and community members help us to maintain our grounds.
Mrs Greenwood, our Science leader, works hard to encourage and support our teachers in taking our pupils' learning outside. She leads staff training and helps us to plan our lessons.