OPAL play

Did you know that children in British primary schools spend 20% or 1.4 years of their school attendance in play ?


Barwic Parade Community Primary School are proud to be working with OPAL to improve our children's play experiences.


The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Primary Programme is a mentor-supported school improvement programme. It  helps us to address all of the areas we must consider and plan for to strategically and sustainably improve the quality of our play opportunities.


Research shows that play contributes to children’s physical and emotional health, well-being, approach to learning and enjoyment of school. Given the importance of play in children’s lives and current concerns about children’s health and opportunity to access time and space to initiate their own play outdoors, there are considerable benefits for children, parents, school and the wider community from participating in OPAL's programme and improving our play experiences.


We want to develop and deliver a school cultural shift in thinking about and supporting children’s play. We will embed play into school’s policies and practices and establishes clear guiding principles and strategies for initiating positive changes at playtimes.