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  • Child making shape outdoors

    Taking maths outdoors in Key Stage 1

    13 August 2021 By The Cosy Team

    The great outdoors can provide exciting and real maths learning opportunities. It’s a way to connect children with nature and at the same time children can explore shapes and properties of real items by engaging in planned activities.

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  • Children learning outdoors

    10 ideas to take learning outdoors on a budget

    21 July 2021 By Justine Lee, Communications and Fundraising Manager at Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Taking your learning outside the classroom is an easy way to motivate your class, engage them with a subject and help them be more active. It can help you achieve school priorities while also making learning fun and positively impact behaviour, learning, and attainment. But it can be hard knowing where or how to get started. Here are 10 cost-effective ways to take learning beyond the classroom:

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  • child on tree

    The importance of risk-taking in early years

    26 May 2021 By Cosy

    “The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves.” Roald Dahl

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  • outdoor learning

    Five top tips for taking your lessons outdoors

    13 May 2021 By the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Learning outside is more important today than ever before. It makes it easier to manage social distancing and Covid-19 infection rates reduce dramatically when outside. Our partner, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, shares their top tips for taking your lessons beyond the classroom walls.

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  • children playing

    The health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor play

    07 May 2021 By Nicola Parker, Category Buyer for Early Years at YPO

    Whilst most of us are familiar with the learning opportunities that spending time outside can provide in early years, it is also important to recognise and appreciate the positive impact spending time outdoors will have on a child’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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  • Keeping your outdoor areas cosy in winter

    04 November 2020 By Cosy

    Winter is coming – but don’t let that stop you from embracing the great outdoors! Playing outdoors in the fresh, chilly open air can help build resistance and improve health.

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  • early years play outdoors

    Play and learn outdoors with Cosy

    18 August 2020 By Emma Davies - Early Years Educational Specialist at Cosy Direct

    With an ever-increasing emphasis on the benefits of outdoor play, it’s a wonderful opportunity for schools and settings to audit and extend their provision. It’s a wonderful sight to see children fully immersed in a quality outdoor learning environment, somewhere that enables challenge and motivation, as well as nurturing.

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  • children playing in the rain

    Removing the barriers to outdoor play

    14 July 2020 By The YPO Team

    Outdoor play provides fantastic opportunities for exciting open-ended learning and role play, but we understand that it’s not always easy and there are things you need to prepare for. Here’s some advice on how to tackle common barriers to exploring the great outdoors.

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  • Creating an outdoor learning environment with Cosy

    08 July 2020 By Cosy

    If you are looking for ideas on how to embrace the great outdoors in your school or early years setting, here are some great tips from Cosy on creating a safe and stimulating outdoor learning environment.

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  • children playing outdoors with hula hoops

    Great games for outdoor literacy

    03 July 2020 By Yellow Door

    Children thrive on outdoor experiences and as we are being actively encouraged to spend more time outside at the moment, it is especially important that we consider all areas of the Early Years curriculum in our outdoor spaces.

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