OPAL stands for 'Outdoor Play and Learning' and is a big part of our school. We are trying to enhance the play provision for the children so that their time outside is interesting and constructive. It may at times be messy and adventurous. However, play time takes up roughly 20% of the school day so it is important that it is a good experience. Good quality play enhances health and wellbeing, mental health, social development , language development, understanding of risk and challenge to name a few of the benefits. There are many more.
This is why we are often asking for OPAL resources and for any help to support us. For example, Mr Tennet made us a fantastic welly stand so the children can all keep their wellies dry and be easily accessible.
We recently held an OPAL day so that all the children could experience some OPAL activities and work together with different year groups on open ended outdoor activities, such as den building, making art from nature, playing problem solving games and some of the photos from this day and included below. We hope to hold an OPAL day every term as it was very successful. We were very grateful for all the donations you sent in.
Please let us know if you can help in any way and/or would like to join our OPAL team.