Although the new spaces may be unfamiliar to some, we have designed them in collaboration with principals, teachers, educational experts and architects to cater for the learning needs and abilities of all students. Learning communities, unlike traditional closed classrooms, are larger buildings that are made up of multi-purpose spaces that can be used in different ways to educate students. These spaces can be altered using doors, movable walls and the configuration of furniture to create barriers.
Explicit Instruction Space
Teachers use these spaces when they want a physically enclosed area, shut off from outside noise. They can also be opened up to supplement a collaborative learning environment.
Meeting rooms can be used by groups where a quiet environment is required for activities such as quiet study, team meetings and focused reading and writing activities.
Small Group Spaces
Small group spaces can be used differently according to the age, developmental stage and interests of the children.
A Prep learning community might use it in a more hands-on way; whereas Year 6 students might set-up the space up with games tables.
Satellite Studio Lab
Satellite studios support art and science activities and are often designed with access to covered outdoor areas. They also provide general support to all other areas of the curriculum that might require a setting to stimulate curiosity or conduct wet or messy activities.
Covered Outdoor Learning Areas
Covered outdoor learning areas provide an opportunity for students to take learning out of the classroom. For example, we can connect them to a satellite studio lab to create an ideal indoor/outdoor learning space. These zones can also be used for large group gatherings.
Learning nooks provide a calm space with soft furnishings, such as beanbags, which children can use to 'shape' their own space for quiet learning.
Collaboration areas support student-centred learning investigations, and function as breakout spaces for formal learning areas. These areas can also include small niche spaces where children can retreat to, while remaining a part of the general learning activities.
We design learning communities with centrally located toilets to provide easy access for students, and easy supervision for teachers during learning periods and at lunch and recess times.
Central amenities can be available without opening the rest of the building during lunch and recess times. This design feature is also handy for making toilets available for after-hours use without needing to leave whole buildings unlocked.
While we design these spaces for schools, ultimately their use and function is decided by the school leadership team and teachers.
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