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Outdoor Play

St Mary’s is an ‘All Weather’ school and children will play outside in nearly all conditions.  We have developed our outdoor play provision to offer opportunities to:

    • Use and develop the skills learnt in P.E. lessons and at clubs
    • Be physically active for 60 minutes a day
    • Develop leaders at every level from children to staff.  This will include using play leaders from the Juniors,  therefore creating strong links between the schools
    • Engage children in activities that will support their development and interests
    • Develop social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills
    • Develop teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills
    • Display the values of the school:  forgiveness, perseverance, respect, friendship, generosity, responsibility, humility, compassion, trust, peace, courage and thankfulness
    • Improve behaviour through focused activities
    • Access many areas of the curriculum through the weekly lunchtime timetable
    • Include every child
    • Return to class ready to focus on the afternoon lessons

This is achieved by having different, well resourced, activities on offer across the playground and allowing the children to choose where they would like to access, resulting in a calmer, more engaging and focused playtime experience.