At the start of our topic we drew our own classroom on A3 paper and voted for the best one. We thought really carefully about the different furniture we could use from the brochure and one of them was tiered seating.
Then we had a look at the room and we wanted to figure out what kind of learning zones to include. We decided on an instruction zone, quiet and independent zone, collaboration zone and a discovery zone. We split into teams to research each zone and found out what we would need to set up for each area. For example, we thought the instruction zone would best suit tiered seating.
Then we began working towards our school assembly and we made a model using wood work and measurement so we were learning lots of different things at the same time. We focussed on the area of the classroom and the scale when creating our model. We presented our model at the assembly and then began to look at the technology we could include.
Recently, we used the school stage to create tiered seating for our debating project and it worked really well. Everyone felt comfortable and could see what they were doing.
Our next steps are working out more things and looking at our class budget.
Myself and Miss Arkley have been visiting lots of schools since Thursday last week and we’re really impressed by all the work the classes have been doing. Here are a few images from some of the schools with some really inspiring ideas!
Making graphs and using key words at Hawthornden. Really great ideas for bringing together the groups ideas.
Keeping track of independent learning and the project timeline at Danderhall- a really good idea for keeping track of the impact on learning and how the pupils feel about their learning.
Loanhead have been really busy making models, doing class visits, doing class surveys and presentations, we were really impressed with all of their work!
A very professional presentation and wonderful tour of the space at Lasswade Primary. Some really exciting research for transforming their space.
Lots of great questions and a lovely scrapbook at Sacred Heart Primary. They’ve been trying out lots of different working places and positions in their classroom too.
Lots of post-it notes at Newtongrange, a great tool for sharing ideas and adding annotations to existing designs and drawings.
Innovative ideas and up-cycling at Kings Park, the classes had looked at the creative uses of colour, writeable surfaces and making floor plans.
Splitting up into task teams (finance, design etc) at St Andrews Primary, a very creative and professional idea for creating a very comprehensive group project.
Brilliant class model at Rosewell, a great way to let the class discuss elements they like and could change, also for creating an adaptable learning space.