OPAL Play - Amazing play, everyday, for every child


We are delighted to have been awarded the Platinum Award (April 2023)

At Dunalley we believe that all children have the right to play and the right to learn as they engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to their age.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) is an award-winning, mentor supported school improvement programme that is improving the quality of play opportunities for our children at Dunalley and is the only programme of its kind that has been independently proven to sustainably improve the quality of play in British primary schools.

OPAL initiated play teaches children all of the things that need to be learnt but cannot be taught. There are lots of benefits to children from having lots of great play. We have already seen just how much of an impact improving play can make to our school. Our children are having happier lunchtimes, there is a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of children and we are achieving a cultural transformation.

Our lunchtime staff are referred to as 'Play Partners' and are now fully immersed in positive lunchtime play, using the OPAL initiative.

We adopt an ‘access all areas, in all weathers’ approach, where pupils have access to rich and varied environments and a wealth of play opportunities through a wide range of play equipment, small and large loose parts and much, much more.

Follow the link below to access our Play Policy.

    It is our vision that every child at Dunalley has an amazing hour of high quality play every day – no exceptions. 

    To enable children to make the very most of what OPAL has to offer it is essential that all children are kitted out with waterproof coats and wellingtons (clearly named) to stay in school every day so that the children can access all areas in all weather and get the most out of their OPAL experience.

    We have introduced new zones and as many of these zones are muddy it is quite likely that clothes will get wet and dirty.  Waterproof trousers and/or a change of clothes are highly recommended to protect the children's school clothes.

    How you can help
    Our OPAL team have worked tirelessly to create a fabulous environment for the children to explore at lunch times, with an array of wonderful activities and opportunities for creative play.

    We are always after donations for OPAL so when you decide to have a spring clean please keep us in mind, we regularly ask for donations on our newsletters.

    OPAL at Dunalley - we love what OPAL has allowed us to be. See a glimpse of our OPAL experience here

    SATS are finished!

    17 May 2024

    Well done Year 6 children.
    We are super proud of you all.

    Nursery & Pre-school spaces available

    13 May 2024

    Dunalley Nursery & Pre-school have sessions available for September 2024.
    Contact us now for further information.

    Non-uniform Day

    10 May 2024

    On Friday 21st June we will have a non school uniform day.  Children are able to come to school wearing red, yellow or orange.

    OPAL Stay and Play

    22 Apr 2024

    Thank you to all who came along to our event on Saturday morning.
    It was so lovely to see so many of our new families too.

    Dunalley Literature Festival

    19 Apr 2024

    Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th May.
    We are looking forward to celebrating Dunalley’s Literature Festival in a few weeks when many...

    Year 5 Athletics Squad

    19 Apr 2024

    Year 5 Athletics Squad took part in the Gloucestershire Inter- Primary Schools Athletics Competition with volunteers from both 5J and 5R.

    CAKE SALE 18/4/24

    13 Apr 2024

    Please bring all of your NUT FREE animal themed cakes and bakes along to our cake sale which will be held after school in the playground.

    Curriculum Information

    12 Apr 2024

    Thank you to families for joining our curriculum infomation sessions this week!
    It has been lovely to see you in school.

    NEW - Dunalley Diddies

    07 Mar 2024

    Open to parents/carers of babies 0-1yrs old, on Wednesday afternoons, 1.45pm-3pm. For more information pop along and speak to Hannah Street in...

    Easter Holiday Camp

    04 Mar 2024

    With the Easter break less than 4 weeks away, with our award-winning multi-activity camps running throughout the Easter holidays!