Enhancing the learning environment

Design

What turns a room into a classroom?

May 17, 2017

Teachers now use the classroom as a forum for delivering lessons using visual, auditory and other kinaesthetic teaching techniques to enhance pupils’ achievement. On a practical level, it is clear that there are many keys to the door of success in a classroom that turn it from a simple space into a ‘class’ room. Fundamentally…

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The design of a classroom does make a difference to pupil learning

May 17, 2017

Although everyone knows it instinctively, it has been surprisingly difficult to actually prove that the design of a classroom impacts on the learning rates of pupils. It took eight years of effort by a team of researchers at the University of Salford, Manchester to provide a provable link between the physical space and learning outcomes….

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Designing a good prep room environment

May 12, 2017

Prep rooms have a particular need for natural light (as science technicians work within the prep room environment for most of their day) and good ventilation (≥ 6 air changes per hour). Other science areas for consideration Learning areas For example: demonstration theatres, individual learning pods, group discussion areas, student resources bases, study areas. All…

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Prep room services

May 12, 2017

Safety and security concerns are just as important in the prep room as they are in the ccience lab. Prep rooms require: Master controls (emergency shut-offs) for gas, electricity and water; plus zoned controls for isolation and maintenance. Colour-coded pipes, with direction of flowclearly marked. ICT: Internet/intranet access, with a telephone connected to the school…

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Prep room equipment

May 12, 2017

Equipment used in prep rooms can be extensive, and it should be considered carefully at the design stage, especially because of the space needed, the dimensions of furniture surrounding it, and the range of services required to make it work. The main types of equipment include: Fume cupboard: this should be installed within the chemicals…

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Prep room furniture

May 12, 2017

Appropriate furniture should be provided in order that Science Technicians responsible for preparation of Science materials and equipment can work efficiently and effectively. Furniture requirements include: Benches, ≥ 900mm high, to suit adults, with sufficient clearance underneath for fridges, dishwashers, a measurement of 240-270mm from the top of the stool to the underside of the…

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Design of prep rooms – good standards

May 12, 2017

Most of the items that apply to the school science lab also apply to the school science prep room. The following section of this Special Report gives and overview of the key aspects of prep room good standards in design and planning. For a more comprehensive introduction to prep room design for architects and designers,…

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Designing a good laboratory environment

May 12, 2017

Poorly-designed heating, lighting, ventilation, etc., can create significant problems within a school science lab. Apart from considerable health and safety issues resulting from poor environments, teachers and pupils alike may suffer during lessons, resulting in poor learning outcomes. Major environmental issues include: Floors to be level, with no ramps. They should also be impervious to…

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Laboratory fire health and safety

May 12, 2017

There are number of key fire, health and safety measures to be considered within any school science lab. They include: The need for noise, fire, smoke and fumes to be.This can be a problem when movable walls are fitted. Emergency alarm points should be installed in each science lab or close to the alarm system …

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Laboratory services

May 12, 2017

Due to limited knowledge of science lab rquirements, some new designs have included extensive technological installations (e.g., internet facilities, large plasma screens, projectors, etc.) but confined bench space, and limited gas and electricity for practical work. It is imperative that provision of services be a main consideration in any school science lab. Recommendations include the…

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