Creating learning zones within your classroom is a great way to organise the environment to help support learning and behaviour.
What are classroom zones?
Classroom zones are areas designated for certain skills to be developed, such as a reading corner or a phonics area; or spaces which provide a different environment for children to work independently.
These have commonly been used in Early Years, where the classroom space is often organised into different areas according to the learning skills being embedded in that area. For example a construction zone, role play area, writing area etc.
However, there is value in creating zones in other classroom environments, regardless of the children’s age, to support them in taking ownership of their learning.
Creating a cosy reading corner where children can retreat, share a story with friends or just escape with their favourite book is key for all ages. This can look a little different depending on the age of the children in your class and their interests.
For younger children it is always lovely to create a quiet, cosy and tactile space, but for older children it may be more appropriate to create an area with a choice of different seating and where books are organised in a different way to provide a greater choice for pupils to engage with.
It is always important to remember that spaces can be adapted throughout the school year in line with children’s interests and how as a group your class works together. Allowing children to become involved in the process is also rewarding for both teachers and children to allow a space which works for everyone.
We have a wonderful selection of classroom and school signs to indicate different zones. They are bright, colourful and inclusive. Our selection includes not only signs for zones such as reading but also calm zones and high energy zones to name just a few. This enables your classroom, and indeed outside areas, to have a clear space for your classes’ different needs.
Designating these spaces can also help support behaviour, both within the classroom and during playtime and lunchtimes, when problems can arise due to large, open spaces.
By creating a running zone, ball game zone, skipping zone, quiet zone etc. there is less likely to be conflict between games or accidents from children bumping into each other. It can also inspire children to try different activities over time. And having clear signs indicating these spaces can brighten large, sometimes grey spaces.
So have a look at our beautifully illustrated zone signs. They can all be customised to the colours of your school to help brighten up areas in a consistent way.