Amazing Play, Every Day for Every Child
At SCIPS, we take immense pride in being the trailblazers as the inaugural school in Asia to introduce OPAL to our play to help every child at school have amazing play every day. Mentored by the UK-based organisation Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL), we are excited to share with you the remarkable benefits that implementing OPAL has brought to our school.
OPAL is a visionary approach rooted in the belief that all children have a right to play and thrive when they engage in spontaneous play. Research shows that play contributes to children’s physical and emotional health, well-being, problem-solving, resilience, approach to learning and enjoyment of school. It also helps to make them ready to learn when returning to the classroom.
Given the importance of play in children’s lives and current concerns about children’s health and the opportunity to access time and space to initiate their play outdoors, schools must put time and consideration into giving children these opportunities. Play takes up over 20% of the students’ school day, so we need to plan for that to be a high-quality experience.
OPAL Activities at SCIPS
Our commitment to providing a rich OPAL experience is reflected in the variety of activities and features available at our school: