Today’s classroom environment challenges the notion that students must sit at their desks in order to learn. Purpose-built spaces are environments designed with young learners in mind, intended to facilitate their learning and support development. A good purpose-built space is one where every aspect is created specifically to suit childrens’ learning needs and styles. For younger boys – who learn by having their senses stimulated – a contemporary 21st century classroom can promote significant educational growth. Here are several reasons why boys need purpose-built spaces.
1. Imagination stimulation
Some of the components that make up an effective purpose-built learning environment include playgrounds, sandpits, areas with plenty of natural light and sensory play equipment. Being surrounded in a creative and innovative setting is inspirational for boys’ learning as it stimulates their imagination – an essential part of a child’s development.
Much of a child’s school day is directed by a teacher, however for young children, their learning is largely guided by their imagination. Purpose-built spaces allow boys’ imaginations to run wild; they are driven by what they can see, touch, hear and smell.
2. Friendship building
A purpose-built space helps boys to build friendships and develop socially. For young boys, friendships are made when they are active, playing games or are engaged in activity. A dedicated learning environment, particularly one that is centred around play encourages interactions so boys are able to grow in their relationships, cooperation skills and teamwork, as well as conflict resolution. It is in this environment that boys can learn vital skills that will equip them throughout school.
3. Physical development catalyst
One of the fundamental areas for growth in young boys is their physical development. Not only do they need to grow in gross motor skills, such as jumping, running and throwing, they also need to equally develop their fine motor skills such as writing, tying shoelaces and using scissors. Purpose-built spaces facilitate growth in these skills because they are conducive to physical activity, such as playing tag and kicking a ball around, as well as activities that require smaller muscle movement.
The impact of physical design and flexible learning spaces can inspire creativity, advance personal growth and improve behaviour, to name just a few. The best way to experience what a purpose-built space has to offer is to see it for yourself.
At Christ Church Grammar School, learning in our Early Learning Community (ELC) is developmentally appropriate, child centred and play-based. Why not book a tour to learn more.