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We are currently underway with our exciting new project to make our playtimes even better, in conjunction with Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL). The intention is that it will change the way we think and how we play together, and it will enable us to maximise the amazing space we have here at Joy Lane. 

Staff have had initial training and the children have been introduced to the concept of OPAL play and we are in the process of collecting resources to launch this new approach. We have set up a 'Wish List', as well as a catalogue of smaller items the school are seeking to help implement this scheme. The sooner we do this, the sooner the children will be able to play with the items! Any contribution, however big or small, will be greatly received by the school staff - and of course, the children!

Click the link to visit our OPAL Play Wish List:

Here's some feedback from our wonderful Joy Lane teachers on how OPAL has had a positive impact around our school already!

Teacher feedback –

Opal Play has immensely supported friendships within Van Gogh class. Children are playing with different children and engaging with a variety of wonderful activities on offer. It has allowed them to develop new friendships or partake in activities more easily. This is then supporting children to be more confident in the classroom and helping to build self-esteem – Mrs C Fuller.

OPAL play has been fantastic at ensuring the children in my class are calm and focused when they return to their learning. It's lovely to hear that they have overcome challenges and persevered through different obstacles to meet some of their personal goals – Miss S Plowman.

OPAL play has given purpose back to playtimes and helped my Year 5 class play like children again. Instead of getting distracted by disagreements, they come in to lessons excited to tell me about what they created, imagined and achieved during their playtime – Mrs L Briggs

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