Creating the right classroom environment can be hard. Children need to be stimulated - but not overly so. Too much to look at and they will get distracted, but too little to look at and they will become disengaged.
This applies to more than just classroom wall displays; classroom layout also plays a big role when it comes to concentration and engagement.
Achieving the right balance between fun and functional can be tricky. You need to consider how old the children are you're teaching, what your available space is, how much natural light there is and what your teaching style is like.
That being said, there are a few tips and tricks that can help to create an effective layout that is compatible with every classroom.
Class sizes are constantly growing, but classrooms themselves aren't. This means making the most of your space is vital.
The key is to ensure there is a clear and accessible path for everyone to move around the room without impeding on student's personal space.
After all, it's hard to concentrate when you've got people twisting and turning to fit past you and it's equally as frustrating for children when there is no clear route around the room.
If you have a small classroom and 30+ children to fit inside it, your choice of furniture is vital.
Singular desks are increasingly out of the question in the battle for space, and this is where our height-adjustable flower classroom tables and our height-adjustable rainbow classroom tables come in.
Up to six children can work on each of these tables at once, and by butting the tables together you are able to increase that number considerably.
When planning your table layout, make sure all children in the room can see and hear clearly from where they are sitting. Also, be aware of children with special needs and what you can do to in terms of layout to help them achieve their full potential without singling them out from everyone else.
Sitting at a large table encourages interaction between children whilst reducing the amount of space needed for each desk, meaning this is a solution that will work for almost any space-lacking classroom.
Once you've got your furniture sorted, consider creating different areas for different purposes.
Make it clear where the cloakroom is and where the reading corner is.
Clarifying the differences between different areas allows children to read their environment and understand its function more clearly.
It also means they are less distracted by a confusing learning space.
Resources and Amenities
Making the most out of uncontrollable factors such as natural light and heating placement can go a long way to maximising your classroom layout.
Avoid blocking windows - let children see what's outside whilst enhancing natural light. Artificial lighting is never comforting and avoiding it where possible is always ideal.
Consider the location of vents and radiators within your classroom and work hard to avoid blocking them.
Keeping the room well vented and heated will create a more calming and pleasant environment.
Classroom Furniture and Storage
Try to have as much storage as possible. Make sure everything has its place and that it is within easy reach for everyone in the classroom.
A good idea is to give each child their own personal storage space. This will help with a sense of belonging and will give them somewhere to keep their things tidy. We offer a large range of classroom storage for all classroom layouts.
When designing a classroom you should consider visual stimulation as well as the layout of your furniture.
Colour is important. Different colours can affect feelings and emotions, so think about the best colours to use in your classroom.
Bright colours can be exciting and fun whereas muted tones are more relaxing and calming.
A lot of our classroom furniture range is available in a wide range of different colours, allowing you to mix and match your furniture to suit your teaching style and your pupils.
Classroom displays should be fun, simple, clear and appropriate to the age group. Don’t make a display too cluttered or busy; leave space for children’s work. They love to see their achievements and it can have a really positive impact on how they view their academic abilities.
Above all else, you need to ensure that your classroom is a safe, supportive space.
Classroom layout is about getting the balance right, and the only way to do that is to experiment and have fun with your classroom to find what works best for you and your students.
We offer a wide range of classroom furniture and storage solutions. Take a look at our website for some ideas for your classroom. For more information contact us or call 01733 511121.