As little acorns that will one day become the pillars of our society, school is a time that’s far more than just about teachers delivering lesson plans. Instead, school represents a time in children’s lives when they learn about the world and more importantly about themselves.
Therefore, the experience that pupils have while at school will stay with them for the rest of their lives. That’s why schools and all those who work in them should endeavour to give children the best possible start, and this includes the environment they learn and socialise in.
Here at Inspired Washrooms, we work in schools delivering stunning school washroom refurbishments. In today’s post, we will share our top tips for making a school a better environment for children to inspire the success of your pupils.
Being creative is a great way to develop the imagination and can also be a healthy way for children to express themselves.
Some ideas to consider include music, painting, crafts or drama. As well as having creativity within lessons, after school clubs, trips or visitors to the school can all help children to channel their energy in a positive way.
For some pupils, an early introduction to creativity may even go on to inspire their careers. All the while, they are learning new skills and building confidence in the best possible ways.
Introduce Children To Nature
Did you know that the average person in the UK spends 90% of their time indoors? For children in the modern age, it’s a sure bet that a lot of their time outside of school involves a screen, and while the likes of tablets can boost learning, too much screen time can have negative consequences for both their mental and physical health.
That’s why a connection with nature is important, whether this involves visiting nearby beaches or nature trails or even learning more about the environment as a whole. The more children understand about nature, the more they will connect with the world around them.
Even a gentle walk through woodland can be incredibly calming for children. For schools located in urban areas, it’s even more important to induce children to the beauty of nature.
Build Team Spirit
School isn’t always an easy time, especially for those children who struggle to integrate with others or even have additional needs. However, by creating team building exercises in addition to team sports, children can learn how to work together in a way that can have long reaching benefits.
Team activities are also a good way for teachers to see how particular children work together and whether there are any issues such as bullying that need to be resolved. If so, it’s important to get to the underlying cause of any friction and to help children to understand the impact of certain behaviours, along with working on building a sense of unison rather than division.
Get Involved In The Community
As a school, it’s important to establish a connection with the community since the children will need to get to know more about the area in which they live and how they can become good citizens as they grow older.
While safeguarding also needs to be considered, volunteering is one of the easiest ways to integrate children with the community. For example, organising a class litter pick or spending time with elderly residents at a nearby nursing home.
Community work can help children to learn more about their place in the world, and when they are back in the classroom, this can give perspective about the importance of education, along with developing empathy towards others.
Invest In New Washroom Facilities For Your School
It would be impossible for us to talk about making a school a better environment for children without talking about our work as washroom installers in schools across the UK.
School toilets and washrooms are an integral part of any educational facility, both for staff and students. If your current facilities aren’t up to scratch, then they can create an unpleasant experience for all those who use them, and if they are in need of constant repair, are no doubt eating into your school budget too.
We create smart, bright and innovative washroom designs for schools of various levels including primary to secondary schools. From attractive pops of colour to sleek neutral designs – we can design and install every aspect of your school toilet or washroom so that it’s safe and welcoming for all. We therefore welcome headteachers or facilities managers to get in touch if our services can be of use for your school.
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For help and advice with anything we’ve mentioned above, please get in touch on 0115 671 3850, and our friendly team will get back to you.