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Ridgeway Infant School

Together we can…Think Big, Have Fun, Learn More!


Ridgeway Infant School, Uplands Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE23 1GG

01332 760770


OPAL [Outdoor Play and Learning]

At Ridgeway Infant School we believe that all children and young people have the right to good quality play that makes lunch times really memorable. Playing outdoors enhances learning and is FUNdamental for children and young people to thrive, be creative, develop their imagination and generally have a great time at school. With the rise of technology and screen time in children's lives, we recognise childhoods have changed but children haven't. We feel passionately about providing children with great play; making mud pies, building dens, play fighting with foam swords, dancing to music and foam and water play to name but a few. 


To enhance our play provision at lunchtime, we have recently launched the OPAL Primary Programme [Sept 23]. Children will have access to lots of areas of our extensive grounds, in all weathers and in turn, have a wealth of play opportunities through a wide range of play equipment, small and large loose parts and much, much more! Please meet the OPAL Working Group:

The Play Team [formally known as Midday Supervisors] will be providing ranging supervision on the playground during OPAL play and be carrying out dynamic risk assessments whilst observing many different play types in action. 

Please keep a look out on our display board on the end of the terrapin building for regular updates and requests for different equipment/loose parts. For more information or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs K Harford-Smyth at


Useful Documents

Play Policy 

Play Charter 

Power of Playtime