St Cuthbert's Primary

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Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

We are an OPAL school. As a staff we wanted to improve the provision available for children at lunch and break times. We recognised the many benefits of play for children of all ages. Play supports physical, creative, social, emotional and intellectual development. OPAL was the answer.

OPAL stands for Outdoor Play and Learning.

Children have the opportunity to use and access natural and man made resources to build, create and play with. The OPAL initiative has been a great success and has provided children with many more opportunities to engage in self chosen play experiences. The children have access to the whole school grounds, the OPAL field, the football pitch, the Sports Yard and the secret garden. They can climb trees, make dens, play with sand and water, make mud pies, dress up or read quietly, to name just a few of the opportunities on offer.  We are extremely proud that St Cuthbert’s has been accredited with a platinum award (the highest level) for OPAL.

The impact of OPAL in our school has been

Happier children
Children coming into class ready to learn
A fully inclusive playtime offer
Physically active, creative and problem solving children
Children developing independence and resilience skills
Increased social skills
…. and most importantly fun!

Our Parent Support Adviser

We all know that being a father, mother or carer is not an easy job and at times things get tough.
Our Parent Support Advisor, Jean Burton is here to help, if needed, to deal with the challenges family life can bring.

She can help you by providing…

• Information, advice and practical support including helping you access other information.
• One-one support in your own home or other suitable venues.
• Information about local and national support services.
• Opportunities for you to get involved in your child’s learning and school.
• Opportunities to learn new skills and meet with other parents.
• Courses to build positive relationships with your child and share parenting experiences.

you can contact her on…
07498 613973

The Rainbow Children

I found this poem and it made me think of all our beautiful, clever and talented children who make up our St Cuthbert’s family and how we will talk about them in years to...

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