Our school recognises that play is an essential part of a happy and healthy childhood. As a school, we provide consistently high quality, sustainable play opportunities for all children. These opportunities in play are achieved by offering carefully considered outdoor spaces, equipment and toys that offer a rich choice of play experiences for every individual child.
The OPAL programme rationale is that “… better, more active and creative playtimes can mean happier and healthier children, and having happier, healthier, more active children usually results in a more positive attitude to learning in school, with more effective classroom lessons, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary behavioural problems, fewer playtime accidents, happier staff and a healthier attitude to life.”
The school acknowledges the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child, especially Article 31, and supports the child’s right to play. We believe play has a vital role in children’s health, happiness and wellbeing. It creates children who are independent, confident, imaginative, adaptable, social and able to assess risks. These skills link closely to our school values of; hope, wisdom, respect, love and courage, which were developed to encourage and teach essential life skills across the whole school day.
Outdoor play at St Peter and St Paul's aims to encourage our children to: