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Bucks school promoting outdoor play

Aston Clinton School are aiming to encourage interactive education by redeveloping their existing outdoor space.

The school says they've noticed a real difference in children's interaction and imaginative play following the Covid lockdown. They are one of several Bucks schools to sign up to the OPAL* project (Outdoor Play and Learning), a scheme that promotes a more inclusive play environment in which all children can feel comfortable to express themselves.

Aston Clinton School is adopting the OPAL philosophy and hope to use their grounds to their full potential and allow pupils the freedom to explore play in their own imaginative ways (often using found and gathered resources in the natural outdoor environment as well as man-made items). They are also developing their forest school area.

They would like support from the community to deliver their vision, and need a variety of items including sleepers, cable drums, decking, along with umbrellas and wellies (hear exactly how you can help below)

We've been speaking to Elaine Breslin, OPAL Coordinator for Aston Clinton, and Tracy Tennes, the OPAL Leader, who told us more about the project:

*OPAL has been developed over the last 20 years by Michael Follett (previously a teacher, playworker and school advisor).

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