At Our Lady of the Rosary, we are proud to be an OPAL Play Platinum School. We achieved this award in recognition of the quality of the outdoor play provision we provide for our children at playtime and lunchtime.
OPAL Play develops opportunities for physical activity, socialisation, co-operation, coordination, resilience, creativity, imagination and enjoyment through improved play.
The OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning Programme is the result of 17 years testing and development in over 250 schools. It is based on the idea that, as well as learning through high quality teaching, children learn when they play. Approximately 20% of children’s time in school is playtime so we want to make sure our provision is the best that it can be.
One reason we value OPAL play so much is that childhood play has changed and many children no longer get their play needs met outside of school.
In 2020, the figures for primary age children are:
There are many proven benefits for schools that participate in the OPAL Programme. These include: more enjoyment of school, less teaching time lost to disputes between children, less accidents and greatly improved behaviour.