OPAL

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are about to launch an exciting new project to make our play times even better, in conjunction with OPAL. (http://outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk/)

 

We strongly believe that: "Play is freely chosen, personally directed, intrinsically motivated behaviour that actively engages the child. Play can be fun or serious. Through play children explore social, material and imaginary worlds and their relationship with them, elaborating all the while a flexible range of responses to the challenges they encounter. By playing, children learn and develop as individuals, and as members of the community" (Play Council 2001).

The project will start in Autumn B and our hopes are that this project will change the way we think and how we play together. To facilitate this project we will need to buy some new resources, move some things around on the playground and we will also require some loose parts. Loose parts are any materials that can be easily moved, combined, and incorporated into children's free play. The items we are looking for will enable us to enjoy a wider range of play experiences during playtime (see below for some examples):

 

o    Suitcases of any size and type

o    Anything on wheels/castors

o    Plastic milk crates

o    Briefcases, especially hard cased ones

o    Road signs and cones

o    kitchen pots, pans, baking trays, work tables, wooden spoons, chopping boards

o    Tools like spades, trowels and brooms

o    tubes of various sizes and various materials

o    Buckets

o    Nets and ropes

o    Keyboards

o    Fabric (large sheets/brightly coloured fabric)

o    Foam sheets / body boards

o    Wooden pallets

o    Metal frames

o    Cable drums

o    Guttering

o    Noodles (the type you use in the swimming pool!)

o    Pegs (to help to set up dens)

 

We will be holding a collection week. The sooner we do this, the sooner the children will be able to play with the items! Please do not bring your donations in before this date as we will have nowhere to store them. If objects are really large, such as wooden pallets, we will ensure that there is someone available to help you carry them into school.

There will be more information to follow at our Parent Sessions coming soon.

We are really excited about this project and hope that you will support us in our efforts to improve playtime for all children.  

 

Opal Team

New Playground Equipment
 
We are excited to announce some major work on our existing play equipment and the development of a brand new play area in the Reception Garden.  Work due to commence week beginning 12th November.