We believe that the levels of cognitive, physical, spiritual and socio-emotional growth that children are capable of is more likely where there is the space, encouragement, and the opportunity for educators, children, and their parent-carers, to apply core skills like numeracy, literacy, science, ICT, finance, etc. to complex challenges in an environment that requires character qualities such as curiosity, initiative, persistence / grit, adaptability, leadership and social / cultural awareness.
The natural and built-environments in a quality, diverse, and accessible / affordable school promote, protect, and provoke exploration, experimentation, and the expression of new ideas, learning, and actions. Modern Learning Environments facilitate a freedom of movement; between different disciplines / subjects, mediums, and learning spaces – the ‘classroom’ is both inside and outside.
A Modern Learning Environment – like life – is adaptable, always emerging, flexible, highly visible, inter-connected, and open; it offers opportunities for different points of view on a number of levels.
“…we value space because of its power to organize, promote pleasant relationships among people of different ages, create a handsome environment, provide changes, promote choices and activity, and its potential for sparking all kinds of social affective, and cognitive learning”Gandini (1998, p.177).