OPAL allows children to use the field all year round. At St Mary's we recognise that play is about learning and is such an important part of school life.
The children develop their language, learn how to share, improve skills and develop friendships.
They also get very muddy!
To facilitate this project we will need to buy some new resources and we will also require some
donated loose parts. Loose parts are any materials that can be easily moved, combined, and
incorporated into children's free play. To launch the project, we are looking for donations of the
following used items to enable us to enjoy a wider range of play experiences:
Please don’t buy anything especially, or donate precious items – these items will be very well
used and will get muddy!
We will start collecting donations from the start of Term 3, which begins in January 2020. Please
leave any donations in the area by the bike shed, next to the green PTFA container. We will
check each item against risk criteria to ensure they are safe enough to be played with. The
sooner we do this, the sooner the children will be able to play with the items!
We will be asking for the following type of donations from the start of Term 4 (after the February half term), so please keep them for us for then if you are doing any sorting out!
The OPAL Steering Group is made up of members of teaching staff, governors, PTFA and Lunchtime Play Team - Karl Joyce, Francesca Smith, Kathleen Newell, Katy Thain, Alison Hatcher, Amy Shellard. If you would like to get in touch with the St Mary's Opal team please contact us here...