Helvellyn Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR2 9JJ

0191 5947962



Hill View Infant Academy

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OPAL - Outdoor Play And Learning


Children spend 20% of their time at school playing. With this in mind we have engaged with the OPAL Primary Programme (Outside Play and Learning) to support us in promoting freedom for children to explore play in their own imaginative ways, using found and gathered resources in the natural outdoor environment. http://www.outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk

Through this kind of play not only are children more active at lunchtime they are also having the opportunity to further develop life skills such as cooperation, team work and problem solving. They are becoming motivated and enthusiastic builders, engineers, explorers and designers.

At Hill View we began our OPAL journey in 2017 however due to the pandemic our effort had been paused.  As restrictions are starting to lift we have enhanced our play offer during lunchtimes. We are now working towards our final audit and will hopefully gain our OPAL award in the Summer term.


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OPAL Gallery

Our Play Offer

  • Caravan - Story area
  • Sand pit
  • Tyre mountain
  • Construction
  • Outdoor gym
  • Creative area
  • Teletubby Hill
  • Mud Kitchen
  • Sports equipment
  • Scooters and bikes
  • Dressing up
  • Small world role play
  • Yard markings - hop-scotch, What time is it Mr Wolf?, race tracks, road markings, football pitch

We are currently developing a water area, which should be up and running soon.

Opal in action!