The pupils spend most of their time in one space (the classroom); the built
environment of the classrooms will have a great impact on pupils’ academic
performance, health and wellbeing.
In particular there are specific requirements needed for children’s learning
environments. These are light, sound, temperature, air quality. Each of the
parameters has been individually researched. Natural light is known to
regulate sleep/wake cycles. Children in classrooms with most day lighting and
biggest windows progress faster in math and reading. Benefits of the
experience of nature for children, owing to their greater mental plasticity and
Flexibility is needed to allow for different activities within the classroom
and/or the needs of different users.
When children feel ownership of the classroom, it appears the stage is set for
cultivating feelings of responsibility . Classrooms and hallways that feature the
products of students’ intellectual engagements—representations of academic
concepts, projects, displays, and construction are also found to promote
greater participation and involvement in the learning process.