Children are incredibly receptive to the environment around them. So in an educational setting it’s important to harness that sponge-like thirst for stimulation and create classrooms that are creative and exciting places to be. Here are some tips on creating great learning spaces for children.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT CLASSROOM FOR A CHILD?
The best children’s classrooms are designed from the perspective of the child, taking into account their needs. They are learning environments where children can really feel at home and own the space. The ideal learning spaces for children may have the following features (and more):
- Bright and attractive décor to inspire little minds
- Fixtures, fittings and furniture all at child height
- Lots of natural light to help aid concentration and promote wellbeing
- Good acoustics to ensure that small children are able to listen and focus well
- Adjustable temperature and ventilation, for a comfortable learning environment
- Easily accessible toilet and cloakroom facilities that children are happy to use
- Generous storage space
- Easy access to a safe outdoor space – for both playing and learning
Ideas for creative learning spaces
Now that you’ve got the practicalities sorted, it’s time to think about the kind of learning environment that will truly inspire children to be creative and use their imaginations. Here are some ideas for creative learning spaces for children:
- Display interesting exhibits at different points around the room to stimulate questions and discussion
- Incorporate a comfy and welcoming book corner where children can go to help themselves to a book whenever they like
- Involve children in the wall décor; display their work and let them make decorations to help make the space their own. You could even consider a class mural where everyone gets to make a mark on the space
- Ensure that you have dedicated spaces for groups, where small clusters of children can get together to talk, build or create
- Incorporate nature into the classroom. Indoor plants will improve the quality of the air while imparting a calming influence
- Learning spaces for children don’t have to be confined to four walls. Get outside to let children benefit both mentally and physically from exposure to the natural environment.
Educational design experts
Here at Vertis we specialise in designing educational learning environments for pupils of all ages. With a track record of delivering stunning learning spaces for children, we take classroom design seriously, and even have a Primary School advisor in the design team to make sure everything is fit for purpose. Here are some of the modular classrooms we have built for educational clients:
This reception classroom for Worstead Primary School in Norfolk is a bright and welcoming space with easy access to the playground outside.
Our fantastic indoor nursery classroom for Fawood Children’s Centre in Stonebridge is a great example of a learning space designed with children in mind.
We built a dedicated music room for Goat Lees Primary School in Ashford – a light, airy and spacious classroom that’s ideal for group music sessions.