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OPAL playtimes

Here at Ashton, we are proud to be an 'OPAL' school.

OPAL stands for Outdoor Play and Learning and it is an initiative that aims to create exciting and engaging playtimes for all children.

Research shows that children's mental and physical health is getting worse and that great play can make it better. During seven years at primary school, children spend a staggering 1.4 years at play! With this in mind, we have worked with the team at OPAL to improve our playtimes and put an emphasis upon children initiating and developing their own independent and creative play.

Our playground is zoned to allow children access to a wide range of opportunities such as; 

  • bikes, trikes, scooters and scoot-boards
  • sand and water play
  • mud kitchen and cafe
  • dressing-up, role play and performance
  • large-scale junk construction
  • den-building
  • tree-climbing
  • chalk boards