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Event Date
Flu Vaccinations - session 2 11/12/2023
3 Hazel Xmas performance for parents/carers 11/12/2023 @ 14:00
Year 2 dress up as a continent day 11/12/2023
Reception Christmas Songs 12/12/2023 @ 9:10 - 9:25am and 2:30 - 2:45pm
3 Oak Xmas performance for parents/carers 13/12/2023 @ 14:00

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Visit the website of our Parent & Teachers Association, 'The Friends of Branfil' for more informaiton about fundraising for the school and upcoming events.
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Why is Play and Playtime at school so important?

Children have a right to play. As adults, we have a responsibility to childhood experiences include opportunities for play.

Article 31 of The Convention on the Rights of the Child states:

o   Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

o   Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

Time outdoors playing, learning and exploring has a critical, positive impact on children’s lives. Multiple studies in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India, China and Singapore show time outdoors leads to: 

  • Increased attainment;
  • Increased attendance;
  • Less time off sick (both pupils and staff);
  • Improved behaviour;
  • Self-Regulation
  • Increased connection to nature;
  • Much more physical activity (especially girls)
  • Improved mental health;
  • and Happiness.

What is the OPAL programme?

OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) programme supports schools to develop their outdoor play provision. It is the only programme of its kind that has been independently proven to sustainably improve the quality of play in British primary schools. Provision aims to support children in engaging in high quality play across the 16 different play types.

Why is Branfil taking part in the OPAL Programme?

Children attend primary school for seven years. Of those seven years, around 1.4 years (20%) will be spent outside actively playing, making `playtime’ by far the most dominant element within the curriculum.

What has happened so far at Branfil?

Branfil started began their OPAL Development in Spring 2022. We are still on our way to achieving our vision. So far the children have benefitted from the addition of the following resources:

So far:

·         Scooter area

·         Music

·         Hill play

·         Den making

·         Tyres, crates, planks

·         Increased performance area (dance and drama)

·         Instruments 

·         Mindfulness area

·         Water play

·         Story shed (books, puppets, small world)

·         Board games and garden games

·         Sports activities via our Sports Coach Mr Spittle (e.g. Basketball, table tennis)

·         Climbing wall and climbing frame
19/10/2022 at 12:14
30/09/2022 at 10:38
Scooters at the ready!
Thank you to all of our members of our school community who donated scooters for the children to access at lunchtime. The children have been making gr... READ MORE
30/09/2022 at 10:36
Great teamwork!
Here the children are using the crates and planks to build a ramp. It was great to see them working collaboratively and working together to be fantast... READ MORE
30/09/2022 at 10:34
Ready, set, go!
The children are able to use our loose parts such as crates to facilitate different types of play. 
30/09/2022 at 10:32
Hill Rolling
The children have been great at following the Risk Benefit Assessment to experience rolling down one of our banks. 
Hill Rolling
30/09/2022 at 10:32
Ready, set, go!
30/09/2022 at 10:34
Great teamwork!
30/09/2022 at 10:36
Scooters at the ready!
30/09/2022 at 10:38