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Heathfield’s got curves!

I have listened with interest a few times now to Prof. Stephen Heppell and Juliette Heppell talk about the impact and research behind curves and how curves can be used in learning spaces to create flexible learning environments. Heathfield Primary School doesn’t have a curve in it at all. It is a 1970’s building made up of squares and rectangles. However, we are on a mission to bring some curves to our learning environment. It’s quite bizarre that the tables in the bottom two pictures that we are investing in are bespoke tables called ‘Blogging’ tables – What a coincidence! These are flexible folding tables that you can arrange in different ways to create the learning space suitable for a certain task.

We are now looking to roll out these lightweight ‘Blogging’ tables (the 2nd row of pictures) to Year 1, allowing a much more flexible relationship between the learning and the space. The future is bright… The future is curved!

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  1. Vicci Redfern
    November 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Excellent! Please let us know what the children think! I’d like to hear their reviews!
    Mrs V Redfern 🙂

    • mitchell
      November 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      Will do Vicci! The gasps and oooohhhhs and arrrrhhhhhhs were lovely to hear. Now renamed as the ‘Hub’. Creates the right feel for the area!

  2. Stephen Heppell
    November 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    I love what you have done here – what a difference – and the convex / concave edges give gregarious /private spaces in a very traditionally square space. Fab work!

    • mitchell
      November 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Thanks Stephen, it’s amazing how these smaller tables than the traditional rectangular tables actually provide more space for the pupils to work with! We are really pleased with the results.

  3. Sarah Beveridge
    November 20, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Where can I find these tables? They are wonderful and just what I’ve been looking for for KS2. Furniture and use of space have such an impact on learning and teaching. I have spent a lot of my time in every classroom I’ve ever been in in getting rid of it and having as much space as possible.

  4. Sarah Beveridge
    November 20, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Thanks. Your generosity is humbling. I am being sincere and genuine!

    My class would also like to thank you for ‘Punctuation Points’. This includes all the girls too. It spurred them on.

    We have a blog but it’s a scrapbook rather than a living, breathing thing. What do you suggest? I’m not an ICT whizz, by the way….

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