Research on the effects of learning environments on pupils show that school buildings lay the foundations for pupils’ learning and for their experience in school (DfES 2003).
The impact of bespoke wall art
How well school buildings are designed and maintained, and the learning environments within them, have a strong impact on pupils’ and teachers’ wellbeing and happiness.
Promote Your School use their bespoke Wall Art to stimulate a learning environment in schools, nurseries, colleges and universities to engage students, encourage children’s natural curiosity and inspire pupils and staff.
Improving learning outcomes
Inspiring environments improve learning outcomes. A school environment can enrich the curriculum and opportunities that you provide your students with.
Subject-zoned corridor, stairwell and sports hall wraps can tune students’ minds into the lessons ahead and encourage them to approach each session with the attitude towards their learning that you are looking for. They can also help with wayfinding as students navigate the building and help children who need that additional preparation time to enter lessons ready to learn.
“Wall Art creates opportunities for learning by using visual resources to encourage engagement in subject knowledge, aid understanding and create awe and wonder moments for the students,” says Wall Art’s co-founder Chris Harris.
“Themed areas can widen children’s understanding of the world around them and effectively raise pupils’ ambitions through carefully chosen, aspirational wording and images.”
The aesthetic features of a school can foster a strong sense of belonging that, in turn, can generate an enthusiasm for learning (Jarman et al., 2004).
“Communal areas such as your hall, with Wall Art about values, mottos and houses, for example, can create a feeling of unity, teamwork and collaboration which brings the school community together in a positive way,” says Harris.
Themed areas can widen children’s understanding of the world around them and effectively raise pupils’ ambitions through carefully chosen, aspirational wording and images
Wall Art also has a positive impact on pupil and staff wellbeing. Philipp et al. (1999a) found that environments with high aesthetic quality provide pleasurable places to be for contemplation, personal reflection, enjoyment, relaxation and replenishing the soul.
“They also help to encourage a healthy personal outlook,” explains Harris’ co-founder Lisa Savage, “while improving the surrounding environment which will benefit the mental wellbeing of students and staff alike.”
Calming break-out zones such as canteens and breaktime areas can provide a space to release the tensions and relax between lessons, energising students to engage positively with their next session.
Promoting your school and engaging visitors
Wall Art on your school’s exterior walls and fencing gives a window into life at your school – it also makes your school an inviting place to visit. We all know first impressions and the way you present yourselves count.
Well-designed welcome walls in your reception area will give a friendly first impression and make your visitors feel comfortable and at ease.
A school environment has the power to calm and relax, intrigue and excite – the possibilities of Wall Art are huge.
For more information on Wall Art from Promote Your School or to get a free site visit and consultation, please visit www.wallart.school