We’re a PLATINUM OPAL School
We are delighted to announce that Red Hall has an accreditation for the Platinum OPAL play award. We are extremely proud of all the children, staff and governors for all their hard work in ensuring our children have outstanding opportunities for play and learning outdoors. We all know how much fun and learning goes on during our playtimes and this is a wonderful recognition for everyone’s effort, support and donations during the past two years.
We are committed to ensuring that quality play opportunities are available to all our children and believe that play is essential for physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development. What a wonderful experience encountered by all of our children every single day now. Our School grounds are amazing and pre-OPAL were barely being used, the children are so much happier playing in our most wonderful, naturally rich play environment.
Whilst it might look like a den to an outsider what our children are experiencing are opportunities to develop resilience, team work, negotiation skills, perseverance, character building skills which are often difficult to teach in the classroom.
The play zones and social spaces we have developed are exciting, adventurous and fun. Play allows children to be creative, make decisions and manage risk. It provides many opportunities for them to develop their physical, social and communication skills and is invaluable to their emotional well-being.
OPAL PlayAt Red Hall, we believe that all children need opportunities to play which allow them to explore, manipulate, experience and affect their environment. We are an OPAL school, we value Outdoor Play and Learning. The school acknowledges the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child, especially Article 31, and supports the child’s right to play. We believe play provision should be:
Welcoming and accessible to every child, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, economic or social circumstances, ethnic or cultural background or origin, or individual abilities.
RationaleOur school believes that all children need opportunities to play which allow them to explore, manipulate, experience and affect their environment. The school acknowledges the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child, especially Article 31, and supports the child’s right to play. We believe play provision should be: Welcoming and accessible to every child, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, economic or social circumstances, ethnic or cultural background or origin, or individual abilities.
The OPAL programme rationale is that “…better, more active and creative playtimes can mean happier and healthier children, and having happier, healthier, more active children usually results in a more positive attitude to learning in school, with more effective classroom lessons, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary behavioural problems, fewer playtime accidents, happier staff and a healthier attitude to life”.
Our Play Policy
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The Value of PlayPlay is defined as any freely chosen activity which a child finds satisfying and creative. It may or may not involve equipment or other people. We believe the learning opportunities of play include: –
- Emotions e.g. learning about oneself and others, sadness/gladness, rejection/acceptance, frustration/achievement, boredom/fascination, fear/confidence.
- Social interactions – enhancing self-esteem and understanding of others through freely chosen interactions e.g. within peer groups, with individuals, with groups of different ages, abilities, interests, gender, ethnicity and culture.
- Making choices, problem solving, being creative,
- Playing with scrap materials, tyres and other multipurpose objects –
- Achieving and also coping with failing, –
- Communication and negotiation skill
The Adults Role in PlayThe school will help children maximize the benefits they can gain from play by provision of trained staff who are informed by and work to the Playwork Principles.
- Play is essential for physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development
- Play enables children to explore the physical and social environment, different concepts and ideas
- Encourages self-confidence and the ability to make choices
- Play is critical to children’s physical and emotional health, and enables them to explore and develop the balance between their right to act freely and their responsibilities to others
- Free play can have a direct positive impact on a child’s ability to reach their potential
Aims:The school aims to address the provision of improved play opportunities:
- To ensure play settings provide a varied, challenging and stimulating environment.
- To allow children to take risks and use a common-sense approach to these risks and their benefits.
- To provide opportunities for children to develop their relationships with each other.
- To enable children to develop respect for their surroundings and each other.
- To aid children’s physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development.
- To provide a range of environments which will encourage children to explore and play imaginatively.
- To provide a range of environments which will support children’s learning across the curriculum and learning about the world around them.
- To promote independence and team work within children.
- To build emotional and physical resilience.