Innovative Learning Spaces

Most schools were built between the 1950s and 1970s. The way that teachers teach and students learn has been developing since then.

Kelburn Normal School is currently building a vibrant, well connected, physical environment that encourages and supports many different types of learning. This flexibility will help teachers equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need.

The evidence shows that the physical design of a space can have an impact on student outcomes. It also shows that physical design and teaching practise need to be closely aligned. A differentiated and personalised curriculum for all children with diverse learning needs means flexibility in learning space design.

Flexible learning spaces are made up of many different sized spaces so they can support different ways of teaching and learning and be used for different types of activities. They tend to be more open than traditional classrooms and have spaces that accommodate more than one class and several teachers. Many spaces have glazing between them to create open and light spaces that can be indirectly supervised.

Breakout spaces are shared spaces between learning spaces that encourage:

  • independent learning
  • small group work
  • cooperative work by teachers and students across classes.

In existing buildings, breakout spaces are often created in spaces that in the past were used as resource rooms or cloakrooms. Breakout spaces can be built in with walls and glazing, or can be defined by using furniture.

Our new buildings are an exciting and transformative change for Kelburn Normal School to embrace the future for our learners.