OPAL Play - Amazing play, everyday, for every child
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.

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

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

    Y1 Visit from the RNLI

    17 Jun 2022

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    Summer Fete - July 15th 3pm - 5pm

    17 Jun 2022

    Friday July 15th from 3pm to 5pm

    OPAL Family event

    14 Jun 2022

    Please log onto our School APP and answer our poll regarding an OPAL family event, which we have scheduled for Tuesday 19th July. We need your votes ASAP.

    OPAL - Parent, Carer event

    Our Outdoor Play and Learning Mentor, Rachel, will be in school with us on July 19th at 1.30pm to deliver an OPAL information session to our parents and carers. The session will offer information on the OPAL initiative and offer parents and carers the opportunity to stay and play. We would like to know if you wish to attend.

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    Our Jubilee Picnic

    30 May 2022

    Watch our fantasic overhead video of our Jubilee Pincic.

    Jubilee Writing Competition

    23 May 2022

    Jubilee Writing Competition To help us to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Dunalley will be holding a writing competition. 

    Dunalley Lates

    13 May 2022

    As we mentioned in our previous newsletters we are very pleased to be able to offer more opportunities for the children attending Lates.  Alongside the OPAL experience offered daily we have intro...

    OPAL - Our week

    06 May 2022

    OPAL - Their week

    Holiday Camp at Dunalley

    05 May 2022

    It is just 4 weeks to go until Atlas Camps will be running their award-winning holiday clubs at Dunalley Primary school this May, with a selection of places still available to book! Rating Outstand...

    Tea n Chat

    07 Apr 2022

    Thank you to those of you who responded to our poll asking for votes for the preferred day and time of the week to pop in for tea and chat. Based on the results we will continue with Wednesday mornin...

    Dunalley Forest Tots

    07 Apr 2022

    We have places avaliable for our new fun 'Dunalley Forest Tots', a Forest School inspired, nature based group for children aged 0-3yrs and their families.Starts after Easter.