The Reggio Emelia approach suggests “if children are placed in a beautiful environment, with stimulating materials to work with, they will be motivated to explore and respect the environment.” The new OFG Kindergarten hub is an embodiment of the impact the classroom environment can have on the learning of each child. Learning spaces provide a physical framework for high quality teaching inspiring our students to flourish academically.
Classroom environment has long been shown to influence student mood and the ability to learn effectively within a safe and caring environment. The OFG purpose built learning spaces encourage curiosity, self-discovery, event and play-based learning structured upon a whole school inquiry-based learning approach.
Opportunities for children’s voices to be considered in the design of the spaces leads to greater student ownership and underpins our school values. Head of K-2 and Kindergarten teacher Mrs Karen Rose says, “Students have agency over the environment by having flexible spaces and furniture, as well as varied and flexible materials to explore their ideas. Our team is thrilled to utilise these new spaces to explore age-appropriate risk taking, trial and error and challenge through a wider range of materials and activities now on offer.”
Oxford Falls Grammar offers a balanced education through the explicit teaching of Literacy and Numeracy foundation subjects combined with a variety of specialist subjects taught by specialist teachers including Languages, Music, Drama, Art, Christian Studies and PE. Experience the OFG facilities through a virtual tour or book a bespoke small group tour of the junior school at www.ofg.nsw.edu.au/book-a-tour.