Classroom layout

After having read about the L-shaped classroom, I have been thinking more. I alo got some useful comment in here that were very inspiring.

However, I cannot forget that my classroom is small. Even for 9-11 children it is small! I have therefore created a small drawing of how I thought I could make the classroom look.

The Classroom (8-10 year olds)

The Classroom (8-10 year olds)

As you can see, I have tried to divide our rectangular, small classroom up by putting the cubicles and bookshelves/storage cupboard in the middle. Behind the door is the reading area with rug, inviting cushions and I hope to add some nice curtain to make it a semi-hiding place too. The whiteboard is also there, as it would be a great place to come together.

In the left hand top corner is a small teacher’s desk. We used to have a massive one in there. I hope to be able to store all my things in a little cupboard and make sure the classroom is a place for learning and not teacher admin work.

The tables all hold more than 4 chairs, and the chairs will be moveable of course.  I was hoping to divide the areas up into Maths, Language and Inquiry (we are a PYP school). This way, the displays in the area will be relevant, materials can be on show on the bookshelves or tables and there is more choice.

What do you think of that? Any other ideas? Any fatal mistakes?

All input welcome!

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One thought on “Classroom layout

  1. Hiding places are fantastic. We have a few right now, but the teepee (built out of many many found sticks and branches in the woods) is fabulous – and used iun many different creative ways. Another hiding / learning space is our light wall – we took a corner that was very dark, and from the ceiling hung a wood frame we built and stapled a white sheet to. Then, in the dark corner, we set up a light projector. It is wonderful for shadow puppet stories, dramatic play, exploring light and mirrors, and when the projector isn’t being used, it’s a nice hiding space that the children seem to like, too. . . .

    adding curtains to the two ‘classroom sides’ of your reading area would make it feel a little bit like aladdin’s cave – perfectly fitting for fairy tales!

    I don’t know about your space, but I’m looking at the top right – could you move the shelf so it traingulates with the corners, and then get yourself room to create another work space? We recently moved our writing area to be in a triangle-corner space, with great results. . .

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