OPAL Project

Outdoor Play and Learning for Schools

"Playtimes are better with OPAL - OPAL supports primary schools to dramatically improve the quality of day-to-day play times, with a consequent beneficial impact on lunchtime behaviour, engagement, learning, personal development and physical activity/literacy."

Clutton Primary School are excited to be part of this learning opportunity and look forward to joining with you in this partnership of discovery.

To visit the OPAL website click here, or watch this short you tube video for more information.

OPAL at Clutton Primary School:

AIM:  Every child to be engaged in play, building their own worlds and directing their own actions.

AIM: To provide playful, self directed experiential learning.

AIM: 20% of schooltime is play.  This equates to 1 day of the school week, or 1.2 - 1.4 years of time at primary school.

OPAL helps support schools and staff in making that 20% of the day 100% better.

Our OPAL Team: 

Lucy Cowgill   Lorraine Appleyard  

Lucy Cowgill

Play Leader


Lorraine Appleyard

Play Coordinator

Kirstie McGough
OPAL Governor


"A happy brain is a neural condition in which it is more able

to create new pathways and therefore learning"  OPAL

Forest School Launch

Join us on Friday 5th April for the launch of our newly revamped forest school area

Details are on this letter

We hope to see you there  




The OPAL team have been teaching the children some dance routines this week.  Click the photo below


OPAL Assembly Term 2 2018

Today we had an assembly about OPAL in our school.

It reminded us how much fun we have at lunchtimes; it doesn't really feel like learning!

Click on the image to see the presentation:    


Lunchtime Play

A New Sandpit


With money raised by the tireless efforts of the school PTFA and school community, volunteers, staff and children have worked so hard in bringing the sandpit project to life.  

Last week the children enjoyed playing in the new area for the first time.   

This is another step forward in the OPAL project plan.  Well done everyone. 

Changing Landscape

OPAL Picnic and Play day ~ 25th May 2018

"Many thanks to you and the whole team for organising such a super day. The Opal Project sounds fantastic and I feel positive that my children and others will gain hugely from this. I am passionate about children being given opportunity to play and be outdoors."

"I think I enjoyed it more than the children!! "

Return to the Copse!

Perfect autumnal weather blessed the grand trek to Clutton Copse as the entire population of children put on their wellies and headed south.

An array of stones had been collected and decorated by each pupil as they lay a permanent name marker at the base of their tree having first fully re-explored the copse to locate their growing marvel now resplendent in autumn foliage.

Our oaks, cherries, rowans, birches and aspens are doing very well; reclaimed from the bracken the week before the visit.

This was the first of four visits this year (one per season) where the children will be involved in a suite of learning activities surrounding their growing piece of green magic!

Many thanks go to all of the parents who came with us, enabling the morning to be such a success.

The Copse is now ready for business
Thanks to a team of fabulous volunteers, the bracken has now been cleared from the copse area, ready for our children to visit and plant their trees.

Next Copse Day: 9th July 2018 "Summer"

tree1 copse stones tree2