Light & Ventilation
Studies have shown that poor air quality can see performance drop by as much as 7% (Claussen, 2015). Be sure to plan your classroom so you can easily access all windows and blinds to control light and temperature at optimal levels.
Focus for teaching wall
Schools should have a bold and bright feature wall on the teaching wall, complemented by more neutral colours on surrounding walls - if possible, set yours opposite the main window to maximise light. Recent studies have shown that children ‘in Low Visual Distraction conditions spent less time off-task and obtained higher learning scores than children in the High Visual Distraction conditions’ (Godwin and Fisher, 2014).
Support different types of learning by dividing your classrooms into zones for different play-based activities. Relate your colour scheme to the activities - blues for water-based activities, calm purples and greens for reading areas, etc.
Cadoxton School, Barry, Wales
As her starting point, headteacher Janet Hayward asked, ‘What would the perfect space look and feel like?’
The school was duly transformed into an environment with greater flexibility and engagement - including:
- Minimal furniture and clutter, movable sofas and bean bags - all for maximum flexibility
- Eight computer workstations in every classroom
- A ‘magic paint’ white wall for teacher demonstrations and to project pupils’ work
Since the redesign, the school’s Core Subject Indicator for Key Stage 2 is up from 60% to 90%, while attendance has risen to almost 95%.
Useful Questions to Ask Yourself
- Are our classrooms well lit and ventilated?
- Could my room layout be hindering teaching and learning in my classrooms?
- Are my classroom learning walls over stimulating with material?
- Is there the possibility for children to work in groups around tables in our current classrooms?
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