Primary Learning Zones

You affect people WITH ROOMS

Imagine stepping into an auditorium. You know that you will be sitting here and listening to the speaker for a while.

When you step into the after-school center, you know that you are allowed to have fun and play rough.

Rooms provide possibilities and limits for peoples’ opportunities, so you must actively consider school rooms. By consciously decorating, you encourage desired behavior among students and support the planned learning activity.

The good interior design of a school varies based on the school, students’ ages, and individual classes. We don’t believe that one solution fits all but rather we want to help you find the right solution for your particular school. The well-decorated school is thought through.

We have high ambitions for your school furniture. We don’t just sell tables and chairs. We sell thought out interior design solutions that encourage the activities to take place in the room.

You should experience more than high quality and nice design. You must experience that our interior designs create opportunities for teaching and support your learning activities.

Oration is a zone that primarily focuses on providing the best possible conditions for one-way communication, such as teacher introductions or student presentations. When designing this zone, it should be taken into consideration that one or few people will be teaching a larger audience.

The oration zone can, for instance, be a classroom where the tables are placed in straight rows facing the hiteboard. You can also have a teaching zone where students are placed on a staircase or perhaps on a carpet that marks the teaching zone.

Students often learn the most from communicating with others.

In this zone, many different types of activities take place, such as group discussions and problem-solving. The characteristics are interaction and conversation, so the zone is often designed with fronts facing each other in an environment where talking is allowed. Interaction zones must accommodate different group sizes – from working in pairs to larger group assignments. The best result is achieved with a varied landscape of collaboration zones that consist of high tables, classic group tables, and soft seating – as well as informal and more formal areas.

It is easier to collaborate when we know the final goal for the task.
Thereby, we can focus more on the product rather than the process

When you are reading new academic material or solving a complicated assignment, the need for smaller rooms to work concentrated in arises. Individual reflection is a zone that provides a break from the many inputs of the school day and allows students to stay focused on one activity.

The zone provides students with a calm space where the individual’s need for a personal work place are met. Therefore, it is beneficial to consider individual concentration within different spaces, such as a “workstation” by the window, a seating cave, a comfortable armchair, or an area with mobile sound-cancelling screens. Some students may prefer complete silence and screen enclosure, while others may be able to focus in a larger room.

Did you know that the ability to remain focused decreases after 10 minutes?

Hands On consists of workshop-like activities. Here, examination and production are the center – ideas are developed and tested. The zone is found in traditional classrooms, but should also be accessible for students in other classes. In this zone, people create presentations, prototypes, and models that are used to support teaching. The focus is on storage and material wealth that inspires students’ creativity and supports teaching with tactile elements.

Large writing surfaces for brainstorming and sketching processes will also typically be found in a Hands On zone to support idea development and project-based teaching.

It has a positive effect on students’ well-being and academic development when teaching relates to real life and is practical

Here, the focus is on leisure, play, free time, and relaxation. For many students, recess takes place outside, but few indoor elements have a positive effect on students. If a student needs to be by themselves during the day, this zone is also ideal. This break can be held alone or together, so the zone should encourage both options.

Often, students’ whereabouts are determined by whether they have class or recess. It can be beneficial to have rooms and interior design that are not associated with teaching to create a space for free time for students.

Did you know that taking
a break has a significant effect on students’ performance?

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