At Monkhouse, we believe all children will be ambitious, courageous, resilient, respectful and kind so that they fulfil their unique potential and become active members of the wider global community. Play is a huge part of our school day at Monkhouse, and both children and staff look forward to getting outside to play and explore together. The Outdoor Adventurous Play and Learning (OPAL)Primary Programme is focussed on improving the quality of play for all children.
Children are happier, more sociable and resilient. As a result of the freedom and responsibility that comes with adventurous playtime behavioural incidents have reduced and children return to the classroom ready to learn. We have an abundance of play equipment that has been kindly donated by our community. Children have the opportunity to play on scooters, wheeled trays. They can perform with their friends on the stage using instruments and fancy dress clothes. Build dens, experiment in the mud kitchen and create their own role play areas. Adventurous play has not only improved the opportunities and experiences at break times, it has also had an impact on the children’s creativity, stamina and confidence within the classroom.