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About Us: OPAL Play Project

At Longvernal Primary School, we recognise the importance of the need for high quality sustainable play for children, regardless of their needs and abilities.

Children in British primary schools spend 20% or 1.4 years of their school attendance in play therefore we believe playtimes should be a happy time which contribute to children’s physical and emotional health, wellbeing, approach to learning and enjoyment of school.

This is why we are participating in the OPAL Play Project. The OPAL Primary Programme is what OPAL is all about. It is a mentor supported school improvement programme. It addresses all of the areas schools must plan for if they want to sustainably improve the quality of play.

During the programme OPAL will work with your school over an 18 month period to support an entire cultural and practical transformation of the way that play is thought about, planned for, resourced and staffed. If you would like to find out more about this project then visit http://outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk

Our school council and the children at Longvernal have agreed our Longvernal Play Charter.

Meet the Play Team:

Mr Jamie Thomson
Play Co-ordinator
Miss Rebecca Leyman
Play Co-ordinator
Mrs Laura Langan
Play Leader
Miss Kelly Antonowicz
OPAL Governor

Autumnal Den-Building Fun

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us in the sunshine to create dens in the school grounds using donated pallets, crates, ropes and tarpaulins. The children worked in their house teams with adults to create lots of dens. There were over 60 adults and both parents and children were very competitive and came up with some brilliant designs!
Click on the images above to see two galleries of photographs of our dens

Next Steps:

  • We are looking forward to having a large sandpit on the school field
  • We are continually developing our play zones – influenced by the children. At present, guided by the children’s ideas, we have introduced a Small World toy zone, a Music zone, a construction zone and an Art zone. On Ground Force Day, parents will help paint a buddy bench, create a wooden performance zone, quiet garden, paint fences and plant bulbs.

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