Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) - Amington Heath Primary and Nursery
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Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

OPAL – Outdoor Play and Learning

Research shows that children’s mental and physical health is getting worse and that great play can make it better. During seven years at primary school, children spend 1.4 years at play.

We have a plan to ensure that every child has at least one hour’s outstanding outdoor play every school day.

We are an OPAL school.

Research has shown that children spend 20% of their time in school playing. To ensure that this time and our fantastic school grounds are used to their full potential, our school has adopted an OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) philosophy that allows the children freedom to explore play in their own imaginative ways, often using found and gathered resources in the natural outdoor environment. Playing outdoors enhances learning and is fundamental for children and young people to thrive, be creative, develop their imagination and generally have a great time at school. We feel passionately about providing children with great play: making mud pies, building dens, play fighting with foam swords, dancing to music and foam and water play to name but a few.

What does this mean for us

    • Happier children
    • Children coming into class ready to learn
    • A fully inclusive playtime offer
    • It allows children an opportunity to be creative and make decisions
    • Children develop independence and resilience skills
    • Increased social skills
    • …. and most importantly fun!

Remember, we will be playing outside come rain or shine so please ensure your child is dressed for the weather.

Please have a look at our OPAL policy.