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OPAL 2021 - 2022

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

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!

So, what does OPAL look like at St Mary’s?

Our new Mud Kitchen!

Thank you for your kind donations and building skills


Please see below - we are always on the look out for more stuff! 

Loose parts are any materials that can be easily moved, combined, and incorporated into children's free play.

Please don’t buy anything especially, or donate precious items – these items will be very well used and will get muddy!

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.

OPAL Steering Group

The OPAL Steering Group is made up of members of teaching staff, governors, PTFA and Lunchtime Play Team - Samantha Gillman, Harry Penny, Francesca Smith, Kathleen Newell, Katy Thain, Joanna Ebbs and Amy Shellard. If you would like to get in touch with the St Mary's Opal team please contact us here...