"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing." Charles E Schaefer
At St Thomas’ Federation we are committed to providing quality play provision for all children. To achieve this, we are proud to be working with The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) project.
What is the OPAL project?
The OPAL project is a research-based initiative aimed at improving the quality of outdoor play in schools. The project was developed in the UK and has been implemented in schools throughout the world.
OPAL aims to support schools in developing high-quality outdoor play experiences. It is based on the understanding that outdoor play is essential for children’s physical, emotional and social development and allows children the freedom to explore and play in their own imaginative ways, often using found and gathered materials and resources from the environment.
An OPAL approach promotes a more inclusive play environment in which all children can feel comfortable to express themselves. Our children enjoy a full range of play opportunities, from physical play such as creating obstacle courses from tyres, planks and crates; cooking in the mud kitchen; dressing up, drawing and dancing. OPAL offers an exciting alternative to standard playground activities.
You can find out more about OPAL and their philosophy here: https://outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk/
What are the benefits?
We believe that OPAL will benefit our children in many ways:
How can I help?
If you are in a position to donate resources, we would be very grateful for any of the following items:
Please contact the school office about your donation.
To learn more about our approach to play, read our play policy.