OPAL Playtimes


 Exciting changes have taken place at Monkhouse over the Spring and early Summer and we now have two giant sandpits, two building areas, den building and our wild meadow area is growing nicely too! The children have commented on how enjoyable playtime has become and parents have reported noticing more independent and adventurous play in their children.


OPAL playtimes

Working with an organisation called OPAL (Outdoor play and learning), we are working to improve our play times, offering a range of challenging and fun opportunities for our pupils to encourage them to develop their independence, teamwork, physical and mental well-being, critical thinking and resilience.

We are committed to ensuring high quality play opportunities are available to all of our children at Monkhouse Primary School as we believe that play is essential for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development.

Our vision for play at Monkhouse Primary School

We would like play in our school to become a freely chosen activity which your child will find satisfying and enjoyable. It will provide them with an opportunity to use their intuition, be physically active, be creative, make their own decisions, be outdoors and overall have fun.

Our school will have a play policy and long term plan to develop play and our school lunch time staff will be trained and positively motivated to support play. We feel this is an exciting time at Monkhouse Primary School and do hope you will support our changes and efforts to improve the quality of play for everyone.