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At Crossbasket Nursery School we are passionate about outdoor learning and provide a wide variety of opportunities for this on a daily basis, regardless of the weather.

We are very fortunate to have 5 separate outdoor learning areas and a forest school, which are fully equipped and spacious to support learning and development.

There are many benefits from taking children outside to learn and Play which are:-


  • Children learn to make connections with the real world outside the classroom, helping to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a meaningful context.
  • The outdoor environments and surroundings act as a rich stimulus for creative thinking and learning.
  • children can sometimes behave differently outdoors. Quiet pupils may speak more, others become calmer and more focused when outside, especially in a natural space.
  • The multi-sensory experience outdoors helps children to retain knowledge more effectively.
  • Learning in a less structured environment can provide a different learning experience from that of the classroom.
  • Being outdoors can be a more relaxing learning experience for many learners.