Learning and Teaching should be Inclusive and Enjoyable

:

The Learning Environment

Creating and maintaining stimulating learning environments can be achieved through effective classroom organisation. interactive and whole school displays and a climate of innovation. allowing the pupils space and time to interact within the learning and teaching process. Points Arising from Research The best learning environment is one of high challenge and low stress Ritualised and patterned positive teacher behaviour influences performance Constant and varied exposure to new material encourages quicker and deeper learning .For education in school to be effective. the environment needs to be conducive to learning.

identifiable and relevant to children’s learning needs Environment should support pupils to become independent and active learners Adopt a collaborative approach when planning for children’s needs Good visual display can improve recall and attention by up to 80% Equal opportunities form an integral part of the formal and informal curriculum .Differentiated structures are necessary for effective individualised learning Constant and varied exposure to new material encourages quicker and deeper learning Music can be used to improve recall as well as create the chosen learning environment Incorporate a range of teaching strategies within planning Ensure resources are appropriate. accessible.

pen friends.g. exchanges Litter. graffiti or vandalism Good development of school grounds Tidy staff room and offices . which supports a planned set of values of the whole school community Good learning and teaching displays in classrooms and corridors reflecting a broad and balanced curriculum which is well matched to the needs of the pupils Displays include a variety of languages and scripts. visitors. through visits. positive images of minority groups and positive role models for all pupils and staff Teaching resources and displays reflecting the multi-cultural and social diverse nature of local and wider communities Provide opportunities for pupils to interact with a culturally and socially diverse range of people e.Key Elements of the Learning Environment The visual environment: Whole school display linked to theme.

symbols.A planned programme of improvements to the school environment Purposefully organised classrooms Up to date ICT is accessible Staff take on responsibilities for areas of the school Develop citizenship Use intervention strategies e.g. and key concepts Use visual display to tell the story of the topic which is being studied Ensure visual display provides a good balance of images. colour and text Paint games on playground surfaces . ’schools’ councils’. ’circle time’. ’pupils’ courts’ and ’mediation’ The external environment: Use visual display around the room to highlight key topics. key words. pictures.

Purchase games equipment.g.g. improving lighting and ventilation) Better checking systems for toilets (e. trees and sensory gardens Increase the provision of litter and recycling bins Install benches and tables The internal environment: Display more pupils’ work in public areas and classrooms Pupils know where material. which encourages physical activity and co-operative play Train playground supervisors in new playground games and the imaginative and safe use of playground equipment Plant bulbs. equipment and other learning resources are kept Renovate toilets and shower blocks (e. fixing locks on doors. ensuring soap and paper are available) Locate water-drinking stations .

Paint murals Redecorate areas in bright colours Carpet classrooms and corridors Relocate coat racks and ensure ‘easy stowing’ systems for shoes Fit blinds in ’sun trap’ rooms Create health notice boards Reflection and Discussion Which areas of the above do you recognise in your current school/classroom practice? Are there any areas that you would consider adopting to enhance the learning environment in your school/classroom? .

Vivaldi . Aid relaxation.Some Development Activities Towards Enhancing the Learning Environment Key Element Objective Action Some examples and suggestions Visual Displays include a variety of languages and scripts. Aural Use music to create a working mood appropriate to the activity. Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful Life.Stand by Me. . achievement of males in the arts and caring professions. learning and concentration with selected music Use 'passive' concerts to establish a positive learning attitude e. achievements of females from a variety of ethnic groups in management and science. Ben E King .g. School mounts exhibitions to emphasise positive role models e.Tina Turner .Simply the Best. Bach .g. energise. positive images of minority groups and positive role models for all pupils and staff.Five Concertos for Flute and Chamber Orchester.Fantasia in C minor.

school councils. 'circle time'.g. 'pupil courts' and 'mediation'. Train pupils both individually and collectively to care for resources and keep them in order. 'school councils'. External Use visual display to tell the story of the topic which is being studied.Behavioural Use intervention strategies e.bright visual displays of work placed alongside large posters of beautiful scenery. Use a subject bulletin board for snippets of information. equipment and other learning resources are kept. Pupils with staff support. Geography class .g. Photographs of field trips. organise their own groups e. where equality issues can be raised and discussed. . Internal Pupils know where material. affirmation walls with individual bricks comprising students' statements of what they like about the subject.