St John's C of E Primary School

Break Times 

Working with OPAL, (Outdoor Play And Learning), our vision for creative outdoor play means that children have fun whilst learning to negotiate, cooperate and share with one another.


Our school believes that all children need opportunities to play that allow them to explore, manipulate, experience and affect their environment. We believe play provision should be welcoming and accessible to every child, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, economic or social circumstances, ethnic or cultural background or origin, or individual abilities.


The OPAL Primary Programme rationale is that “… better, more active and creative play times can mean happier and healthier children, and having happier, healthier, more active children usually results in a more positive attitude to learning in school, with more effective classroom lessons, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary behavioural problems, fewer playtime accidents, happier staff and a healthier attitude to life.”


Our Play Policy can be read here



Uniform Expectation 

The expectation is that all children have a spare labelled PE kit in a named bag in school, so they can change if they get wet and muddy whilst playing outside. The spare labelled kit can be with the St John’s emblem or can be plain blue, non-branded sports kit, no sports team kit allowed. As our weather can be unpredictable, a spare labelled kit in school this term would be appreciated. 

All children from Reception to Year 6

Spare labelled kit for all pupils to include

Navy jogging bottoms, blue t-shirt, blue sweatshirt, spare shoes, spare socks.

All of which must be clearly named

Waterproof coat or jacket in school everyday as children will be outside in all weathers

Reception and Key Stage 1

Key stage 2

Puddle suit


Optional puddle suits

Wellies/suitable shoes for wet weather

Please contact the office if you need help with the purchase of any of these items as we have donated clothes that we can give you. Any unnamed, unclaimed, discarded clothes will be labelled St John’s and will join the donated items to be reused by our pupils. 


Please donate any loose parts, such as those listed below, by putting them in the green wheelie bin outside the school office.

  • Suitcases
  • Buggies
  • Car tyres
  • Guttering
  • Wooden planks
  • Toy dinosaurs
  • Toy cars
  • Wheeled suitcases
  • Weed membrane