OPAL at Fairlight all explained in one short film



Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31, play is a human right. All state parties have a duty to ensure every child has access to play.

Play is hugely important at Fairlight Primary and Nursery School. We understand that it is a key way in which children learn. And at this time when Well Being, Mental Health and physical health is such high profile we recognize that play is key to supporting this as it means children are happier and healthier and also play develops resilience, collaboration and inclusion.


Opal is an Nationally recognised and award winning, mentor supported school improvement programme that addresses all the areas that schools must plan for if they want to strategically and sustainably improve the quality of their play opportunities. Currently 32,770 schools in the UK participate as well as schools from other parts of the world including Canada, America, Malaysia, Spain and many more.


Fairlight Primary and Nursery School is one of just a handful of schools who have achieved the Platinum Award on several occasions and as a result of this has been invited to be part of the OPAL College. This means we will continue to support other schools locally and nationally by hosting training sessions and sharing advice and support. We will also continue to develop and improve our play at Fairlight.


In March 2024 Fairlight Primary and Nursery will accept their most recent Award at the Houses of Parliament in Westminister and will speak to a group of assembled Ministers, Lords and advisors around the importance and the need for Play to be given a higher profile in schools.


Mr Jordan proudly represented Fairlight at the Opal Play Conference 2021.

He shared with over 1000 people from around the world (Miss Stewart and Miss Joller say hi to all there Canadian teacher friends) that amazing play that we do here at Fairlight.

His speech was about the impact that Opal has had on our play and also on the process that we have been through over the last few years to improve the play and playtime experience.

As a OPAL Platinum School it was good to share with others the journey but also some of the key learning points.


This is Mr Jordan's Presentation. 

A picture to represent his thoughts and what he wanted to share. 



Useful websites and social media sites providing lots of information and fun ideas around physical activity and play for children.


Review and link to an inspirational TED Talk on play by Stuart Brown(Founder of the Institute of Play): https://medium.com/@LittleSeeds/ted-talk-review-stuart-browns-play-is-more-than-just-fun-dcf48babb382




Play Scotland - https://www.playscotland.org

Youth Sport Trust - https://www.youthsporttrust.org

Scouting Association - https://www.scouts.org.uk

Play Wales (Playful childhoods) - https://www.playfulchildhoods.wales

Cbeebies - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies  (a variety of games, activities and resources to keep children learning at home). 

Zoo webcams https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/g31784857/live-animal-webcam-zoo/ -

Indoor activities - https://www.nhs.uk/chage4life/activities/indoor-activities

Live shows, outdoor expeditions, Deadly 60http://www.stevebackshall.com/    

Website has lots of fun activities for kids that are reasonably easy to organise and fun https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com

Interactive learning through songs, art, videos and games. https://www.sesamestreet.org

Music, exercise and activity

PE with Joe https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl 

Go Noodle  (lots of songs with actions to keep fit)  https://family.gonoodle.com/

BBC Super Movers  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Cosmic Yoga  https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Learn to dance with Oti Mabuse every day at 11.00 and at any time


Face Book  - sites with some fun ideas

  • Uk Kidswindows                                                         
  • London Play
  • Inspire my play                                                          
  • Chester Zoo Live
  • Play Scotland                                                              
  • Bristol Library – 2pm story everyday
  • Children’s Scrap Store Bristol
  • Play England                                                               
  • The Power of Play
  • We believe in outdoor play                                       
  • 5 Minute Crafts
  • Learning and exploring through play                        
  • Early Years Scotland                 
  • Planning Playtime – Learning through Play