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Outdoor Play and Learning

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

To complement our pupil centred play influenced approach in the classroom, Sunningdale School has also adopted the OPAL approach to our non-teaching playtimes.

Children spend 1.4 years of their primary school attendance in playtime. This time is valuable and needs coherent planning.

Changes in culture and society have led to ‘play poverty’ in childhood which has numerous negative impacts.
Better play means happier children. Happier children mean less behaviour problems, a more positive attitude to school, more effective lessons, core skills development, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary problems, less accidents and happier staff.


To find out more check out OPAL’s website here: