Children spend a vast majority of their pre-adult life in a classroom, and as a basis for creating their futures, it's important that the learning environment is encouraging and full of positivity. Here we explore the importance of classroom design and the affects this can have on both teaching and learning
Children spend a vast majority of their pre-adult life in a classroom, and as a basis for creating their futures, it's important that the learning environment is encouraging and full of positivity. Here we explore the importance of classroom design and the affects this can have on both teaching and learning:
Create a Great First Impression
A school full of bright, positive and inspiring classrooms is probably quite high on the list of parents' requirements when it comes to choosing a new school for their child. Ensuring your classrooms are tidy and inviting could make the different between a child choosing your school over their next choice.
Make it Exciting & Inspirational
Children of primary school age will be more than impressed with a splash of colour, so why not integrate this into the furniture. Using colourful library furniture
and storage units will encourage the children to engage with books and reading materials, as well as sparking their imaginations.
Integrate IT & Active Learning
Although it's probably not possible to provide every member of the classroom with their own laptop or computer, it might be worthwhile introducing a computer that the children can take turns participating in some 'active learning'. Active learning has been proven to have a significant affect on student engagement and encourages a 'want to learn' attitude.
Keep It Tidy
are great for keeping the classroom tidy, they also prevent children from fidgeting and being distracted by personal items. These units can also provide the child with a sense of belonging – have each child design their own name tag for their tray and ensure that they keep their tray clean throughout the course of the school year.
When it comes to visual stimulation, it's a matter of balance. Use bright colours and displays are likely to stimulate the mind, but be aware that over-stimulation can often lead to distraction and have a negative affect on learning. Display your pupils' work on the walls where possible to boost morale.
Consider Safety Aspects
Most importantly, you must consider the safety in your classroom. Ensure tables and chairs are arranged in a sensible order so that children and teachers can move freely with minimal risk of an accident occurring, similarly it's important to make sure exit routes are free from obstruction.