Children and teenagers learn by seeing, hearing, exploring, experimenting and asking questions. School is undoubtedly some of the most important years of our lives to learn and starts to mould us in the future. One of the hardest challenges for schools is ensuring they provide an environment that provides a great space that suits all learning needs, and that’s why MBS are a great partner to schools. We help the education sector to overcome the hurdles in decisions to help all their students learn. Here are some of our top tips, should you be looking to revamp your educational space.
Flexible Classroom style
A flexible classroom layout allows teachers to easily respond to each student and allows for a group discussion area. This is perfect for the student’s questions being answered in a timely manner and so students can work collectively and bounce off each other’s ideas. The area also gives the students the freedom in how what, and where they learn. We also need to bare in mind younger children may be struggling to get back into school after a year at home so creating some home from home break out areas, with comfortable chairs or sofas is food for thought.
Light and colour
When we look at children’s toys, they always have bright colours and lights. We also need to take this into consideration for a child’s environment.
Different colours have different effects on our mood. Neutral tones have a calming effect and vibrant tones have a stimulating effect. A way you can utilise the colours is to use it in different areas of the room, for example, if there’s a reading corner then neutral tones would work best and in areas where a child needs to be focused, using vibrant colours would help keep them engaged.
In terms of lighting, utilising natural light when possible is really important. According to a Heschong Mahone study, students with big windows and daylight achieve 20% faster progress in reading and maths. Industrial-style fluorescent lights may interfere with a student’s learning due to the harsh colour and buzzing sound. Using soft warmer lighting in the classroom can help students concentrate.
The development of technology has enabled many opportunities for children’s educational development. Technology can be seen as a disadvantage to children’s learning, due to it being distracting. However, incorporating technology can help keep a child’s mind engaged and enrich student’s interactions. An example of a technology software being used correctly in the classroom is a tool called Kahoot. Kahoot is an interactive quiz tool, where the whiteboard asks questions about a topic and then the students can answer through their phone. This is a fun way to break up the day and keep the students engaged through technology.
Keep it ‘cool’
We have all been there haven’t we, we get to an age and school is the last place you want to be. So how do we entice the children to want to stay to do A-levels rather than move to college? We have recently been working with a lot of schools to help them with this and making your school a cool place to be aesthetically pleasing is really important.
Our images below are the work we completed for Solihull School, who wanted an inspiring environment. The photo below show you the outdoor roof space, which consists of colourful modern furniture. We took into consideration the busy environment of a sixth form when we designed the rooftop. The school feedback has been amazing and what better way to motivate your students than with a cool chill-out space like this.
Applying design changes within an educational setting really can influence a positive learning experience for all students. At MBS we aim to dramatically enhance a student’s well-being at school so they can reach their highest potential. To find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here and we would love to tell you more.