Norbury C of E Primary School

SOLARDOME® POD provides an inspirational learning environment for early year students.

Norbury C of E Primary School in Derbyshire, a caring Christian school for children ages 4 – 11 purchased a SOLARDOME® POD to be used as an additional outdoor learning environment for their early years class up to year 1.

Two years on, the dome has been a huge success with the early years class and has become a key part of the curriculum. The dome is used in a variety of ways from a quiet space to read during breakout time to a theatre for class role-plays. 

“We use it all year round, the children can lie down and watch the rain falling, it has been an igloo and Santa’s grotto. We love it!” Says Sally Wright – NVQ Level 3 Practitioner.

Laughter and Learning

Laughter and Learning is Norbury C of E Primary Schools mantra. The POD was purchased as an outdoor space where students not only learn but can have fun too.

SOLARDOME® POD at Norbury C of E Primary SchoolNorbury C of E Primary School also encourage children to socialise with others as they feel it’s an important and necessary part of a student’s development.

The geodesic dome enables lessons to take place outside all year round. This allows the children to witness and learn about the changing seasons while staying warm and dry. With the geodesic dome shape and 360-degree views, the POD helps all children to feel included and involved.

One of the best parts of the dome is the 360-degree views. It means that children who have different activities in, and out of the dome still feel like part of the class. It also allows the teachers can step outside the dome and use the space more effectively.

The Challenge

Sally Wright first approached Solardome Industries as local planning regulations refused planning for the school to build a timber structure so close to the boundary but allowed a glass alternative.

The local authority loved the geodesic design of the dome and want to encourage other schools in the area to purchase a dome over a traditional timber building.

The ‘Wow’ Factor

Sally describes the dome as ‘attractive and interesting’ and remarks on how all visitors to the school comment on the dome as it gives the ‘wow’ factor.

Sally goes on to say how students also love the POD. Not only do they look forward to playing inside it, but it also enriches their learning as it allows them to learn about the changing seasons whilst staying warm and dry.

“The children absolutely love it, especially when the glass freezes over, and they can draw on the ice while we discuss the changing seasons.”

More Information

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At a glance

Location Norbury C of E Primary School, Norbury, Derbyshire, DE6 2EG
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The challenge To provide an outside learning space the local authority would approve
The solution SOLARDOME® POD
Specification Diameter – 3.62m / 11’ 10”
Height – 2.22m / 7′4″
Area – 8.83m2      

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