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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Enhancing Student Learning through Outdoor Play

 
Students at Holy Family Catholic School celebrated the start of the 2019-20 school year with fun activities and outdoor play with “loose parts” (tools, boxes, spare tires, fabric, etc.) during their afternoon recess. The loose parts were donated to the school by Earth Day/Earth Play Canada through their Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Program.
 
The OPAL Program encourages play outdoors in a freely chosen, intrinsically motivated and self-directed way. Students engage in self-directed play with loose parts, boosting their sense of agency and creating a more inclusive and reciprocal social environment.
 
The OPAL Program currently operates in five TCDSB schools.
 
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