OPAL - Outdoor Play and Learning
"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing."
Our school believes that all children need opportunities to play which allow them to explore, manipulate, experience and affect their environment. We believe play provision should be welcoming and accessible to every child, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, economic or social circumstances, ethnic or cultural background or origin, or individual abilities.
As a school we have adopted the Opal (Outdoor Play and Learning) programme. Their rationale is that “better, more active and creative playtimes can mean happier and healthier children, and having happier, healthier, more active children usually results in a more positive attitude to learning in school, with more effective classroom lessons, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary behavioural problems, fewer playtime accidents, happier staff and a healthier attitude to life”.