July 10, 2017
Modern schools need modern spaces that accelerate opportunities for learning. They need to deliver on promises to achieve super or educational outcomes. At Kingsgate International School, they have new and improved classrooms designed to help children learn.
Kingsgate International School partnered with Global Services in Education and Sayhan Lim Architect Company to design what is described as the most beautiful classroom in Malaysia. The design was a product of research and thorough planning in order to maximise student achievement.
What does that mean?
Kingsgate International School carried out research to identify ways to improve their classrooms. Through the research that was carried out, they have learned that:
• Increased daylight increases Mathematics and Reading scores
• Great indoor air quality (IAQ) increases students’ ability to perform mental tasks requiring concentration, memory and calculation
• Better acoustics deliver 20% higher scores on word recognition tests
• Functional colour schemes reduces poor behaviour
• Excellent ergonomics improves short term memory and learning
• Appropriate temperature and humidity increases achievement, task performance and attention span
• Smaller learning communities with increased collaboration and group work increases student retention as well as supporting critical thinking
The new Kingsgate classrooms will be 100m² in size, on the ground floor alone, to provide students with large spaces for interaction and innovative learning. The classrooms are incorporated with technology that includes an electronic smartboard that both teacher and students can interact with.
“We wanted to make sure that the space was both engaging but functional. When you design an educational space, teachers and students must understand the story that sits behind the design and how to extract the benefits from it. The collaboration was extensive within our team and through our network of early childhood specialists,” Greg Parry, CEO.
In addition to the main ground floor space, the new classrooms will have a mezzanine floor that includes areas for reading, resting and interacting. There is also quick entry back to the main floor through stairs or a fun slide built between the mezzanine and ground floor.