The children enjoy bringing their bikes and scooters to school every Wednesday. A section of the yard is dedicated to Wheelie Wednesday each week. Children understand the importance of wearing a helmet.
Wellies & Waterproofs
School fund has enabled us to purchase wellies and other waterproof clothing for the children to wear at Break and Lunch. This means the children can still go on the grass and splash in the puddles on rainy days.
The children enjoy skipping with the big skipping ropes. Counting how many jumps they can complete as well as learning to run in and out.
Dens & Woodland Areas
We have enjoyed building our own dens in the woodland area at the back of the school yard. We have used old materials to build shelters as well as using tyres to build swings.
We have a toy kitchen and some old pots and pans. We love playing role play. We are currently building a mud kitchen!
The Council kindly donated wheelie bins. We are using these in our imaginative play!
School fund has also bought new toys for the children to play with.
* Small world
Since embarking on the OPAL program, we have:
Carried out risk benefit assessments
Received OPAL training for the whole staff team on our February Training Day
Held a Parent Information session, led by Ingrid, our OPAL mentor
Developed an OPAL Working Group consisting of Headteacher, teaching and non-teaching staff, who meet regularly
Produced and worked through a detailed action plan
Written, adopted and implemented a Play Policy
Visited OPAL platinum schools in North Tyneside
Held a Grounds Development Day with our OPAL Mentor
Created open ended opportunities for children at playtime
Provided the children with enriching, exciting, fulfilling playtimes, that all children can access and enjoy, including SEN children.
Opened up our playground so that all children from Year 1 to year 6 can play together
We would like to tell you about an exciting initiative taking place in our school. This has helped us to improve the quality of play for all of our children. We are working closely with an organisation called OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) and are looking at how we can provide a range of challenging and fun opportunities at playtime.
Play has changed significantly over the last 25 years as the world has become a much busier and more technologically developed place. Children, sadly, sometimes miss out on the physical and creative side of play that is so important to their development. OPAL has been designed to give children the sense of freedom that perhaps we all enjoyed as children but that the modern world sometimes denies us.
We are committed to ensuring quality play opportunities are available to all of our children at Riverside Primary School as we believe that play is essential for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development.
Our vision for play at Riverside Primary School:
Play in our school is a freely chosen activity which children find satisfying and enjoyable. It provides them with an opportunity to use their intuition, be physically active, be creative, make their own decisions, be outdoors and overall have fun.
This video was shot over one 45 minute playtime at St MIchael's Catholic Primary School in Surrey after 18 months of working with OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning using the OPAL Primary Programme.
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