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Abbey Gates Primary School

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Unleashing the Power of Play: OPAL at Abbey Gates Primary School


At Abbey Gates Primary School, we are fully committed to providing quality play opportunities for all our children. We recognise that play is a crucial element in fostering the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual development of each child. Some of our fondest childhood memories are rooted in outdoor play—climbing trees, exploring the world around us, and creating lasting connections with our surroundings. With OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning), we aim to impart these enriching experiences to your children.


OPAL is centred around utilising both natural and man-made resources, offering children the chance to be inspired and creative during playtime. But what does this mean for us at Abbey Gates?


1. Happier Children: Engaging in outdoor play contributes to the overall well-being of our children, fostering happiness and a positive attitude.

2. Children Ready to Learn: By providing fulfilling play experiences, children enter the classroom with a sense of enthusiasm and readiness to learn.

3. Fully Inclusive Playtime: OPAL ensures that playtime is inclusive, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of all children.

4. Encouraging Creativity and Decision-Making: The use of diverse resources allows children the freedom to be creative and make decisions during play, enhancing their problem-solving skills.

5. Developing Independence and Resilience: Through outdoor play, children cultivate independence and resilience, building essential life skills that extend beyond the playground.

6. Enhanced Social Skills: Interacting with peers during play fosters the development of crucial social skills, promoting teamwork, communication, and empathy.

7. Most Importantly, Fun: Above all, OPAL guarantees that playtime is not only beneficial but, most importantly, enjoyable for every child.


As we continue to champion the importance of outdoor play, we invite you to join us in creating a vibrant and enriching environment for your children. Together, let's ensure that they build lasting memories, foster creativity, and embark on a journey of holistic development through the power of play.