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The Reimagining Education Project
The Reimagining Education Project aims to raise awareness of children’s mental well-being in primary schools. The Key survey found 87% of primary leaders said there has been an increase in stress and panic attacks among their pupils since the change in new rigorous SATs tests, which has subsequently affected their creativity. Set within the German Gymnasium with a surrounding creative community, it encourages the idea of a ‘Magic Carpet’ playscape that stimulates children to be creative and form vital friendships. This was inspired by the idea of ‘carpet time’ that is central to traditional primary school learning in the UK, which encourages unity and togetherness.
The classrooms sit underneath the undulations of the ‘Magic Carpet’ playscape, with large windows that add an abundance of light and enable the children to see the carpet’s undulations between the classrooms, keeping everyone connected. They are equipped with limited size-appropriate furniture sourced from natural materials, which use a finite colour palette including pops of orange, yellow, and blue. This avoids confusion whilst learning but still keeps pupils feeling energised.
The 'Magic Carpet' Playscape
In contrast, the ‘Magic Carpet’ is a mix of bright oriental carpet design and abstract lines to create an imaginative playscape. Children can run, play and jump on the printed linoleum, which is also sustainable.
The Staff Area
It’s not all about the pupils! The staff space is adjacent to the year six classroom on the top floor, with the aim of eradicating the hierarchy between teachers and children. Hints of warm tones with soft furnishes create a comfortable homely feel, while acoustic chairs for private conversations allow teachers to open up about their feelings.