OPAL

Outdoor Play and Learning

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Rossmere Primary School are now working collaboratively with OPAL (Outdoor Play And Learning)  to give a new and exciting play learning experience to the children who attend Rossmere Primary School.

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Introduction

Rossmere Primary School recognises the importance of the need for high quality sustainable play for all primary aged children. Inclusive play is achieved by offering carefully considered outdoor zones with a wide variety of equipment and resources.

Commitment

Rossmere Primary School is committed to using high quality play.

At Rossmere Primary School, we want to help children to be successful citizens for the 21st century through ensuring  they have high communication skills, can cooperate as part of a team are flexible and resilient to change as well as reaching high academic standards.  We believe that play is an important tool to help achieve this.

Rossmere Primary School Values

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Values

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Resilient

Excellent

Aspirational

Co-operative

Honest

Hardworking

Independent

Gracious

Helpful

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Rationale

Better play means happier children. Happier children mean fewer behaviour problems, a more positive attitude to school, more effective lessons, core skills development, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary problems, fewer accidents and happier staff.

Play England drew up The Charter for Children’s Play which sets out a vision for play.

Please click here to  see the Play England Charter.

Rossmere Promise:

  • To implement play changes, gradually and systematically
  • To be informed by the children and work with the children to create a space that is exciting, engaging and enthuses children. where they feel safe to take risks and explore their world
  • To work in partnership with parents and the community making use of local expertise
  • Build projects collaboratively, respecting existing boundaries
  • To use government guidance

Please click here to view New Charter for Children’s Play.

Please click here to view the Public Health England website.

OPAL and Rossmere Primary School

At Rossmere Primary School we recognise and value the fact that all children learn through play.

So much so that we have devoted a talented team of staff to strategically lead and manage this area of our children’s development on a daily basis.

Michael Follett

Michael Follett

OPAL Founder and Director

The basic aim of OPAL is to enhance opportunities for children’s play in schools. Within the programme play is defined as behaviour that is ‘freely chosen, intrinsically motivated and personally directed’, a definition drawn from Playwork Principles (PPSG, 2005).

The OPAL project has developed a thorough, practical, step-by-step guide to developing the conditions to support play in schools. This will be developed and embedded within Rossmere Primary School over the next few months.

The design of OPAL, although listing universal and aspirational indicators and criteria in the audit process, acknowledges that schools will have different start points in terms of the physical environment (buildings, grounds, perimeter structures, geographical location); size; community catchment area and relations; head teacher priorities; financial resources; staff culture, and more besides.  Given this, the application of OPAL is not an absolute approach but is responsive to local conditions and what happens, and the nature and pace of change varies significantly across schools. This precludes the identification of any standard approaches and comparison across the OPAL participants. However, the review of documentary evidence through meetings with the schools Strategic Group will result in identifying the key themes which will emerge and become part of the Play Policy to allow a great ethos of play across the whole school.

To learn more about OPAL please click here.

Play Staffing Structure

Karen Anderson - Early Years Lead

Mrs Karen Anderson

Curriculum Play Lead

Led by our Curriculum Play Lead, Mrs Karen Anderson; we understand that children learn through a variety of play, which enhances their skills for future lives through:

  • Communicating
  • Making decisions
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Being a team player
  • Accepting Responsibility

Our School Governor Responsible for Play is Mrs Maureen Smith.  Her role within this team is to evaluate and monitor play, work with children  to get feedback from them.  With her many years of experience as a governor she will be a great voice to support children’s play.

Maureen Smith - Chair of Governors

Mrs Maureen Smith

Governor Responsible for Play

Charlotte Rennie - Classroom Teacher

Mrs Charlotte Rennie

Play Coordinator

Mrs Charlotte Rennie, schools Play Coordinator,  will support and facilitate meaningful and productive child initiated play during the school day.  This role involves working with Play Leaders to create and develop plans for play to bring creative play opportunities to all our children.

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Miss Siouxsanne Dunn

Play Leader KS1

Miss Siouxsanne Dunn and Miss Charlotte Lundrigan are our Key Stage 1 and 2 school Play Leaders. Their role is to lead and manage play during the school day.

Charlotte Lundrigan - Teaching Assistant and Breakfast and Afterschool Club Manager

Miss Charlotte Lundrigan

Play Leader KS2

Play Facilitators are staff who  are outside during lunch times and break times in a supervisory role.   Their role is to model and engage with children during their outdoor play.  Play Facilitators will create opportunities for enjoyable, safe and fun play opportunities.