Environment and Spaces

The aim of the PYP is to nurture lifelong learners who seek to find information about the world around them. It is through the learner profile that we focus on developing young inquirers, and through careful preparation of learning environments and spaces that we facilitate for this inquiry to happen.

Through ongoing, objective and careful observation of our environments and spaces we can observe for involvement. Involvement is necessary for students to address their capabilities and development, and for deep level learning to take place. We take time to plan for an environment that will engage all of our students in a wide range of activities.

Engaging Student Learning Environment

Engaging Student Learning Environment


Children with a high level of involvement show high levels of concentration and are absorbed by their activity. They show interest, motivation and fascination, and will often tend to persevere. They will also show a strong sense of satisfaction as they operate at the limits of their capabilities. It is through this involvement that we facilitate for deep level learning’.

To ensure a child’s involvement we need to look closely at the approach, the outcomes and the ‘process’ within the child.

The Approach

Research states that children’s development is supported most through an appealing and varied environment with wide and varied materials and activities on offer.

  • ‘What’s on offer?’
  • How ‘rich is the environment?’
  • What materials are available?
  • What activities are on offer?
Creativity Learning Environment
Creativity Education
Creativity Story Telling

The Outcomes

We also need to look at outcomes and expectations. We want children to develop in different areas such as self-reliance, self-competence, self-confidence, motivation and resilience along with language skills and motor skills.

Student Learning Spaces

Student Learning Spaces


The Process

We look closely at how the child is feeling, their well-being and how engaged they are with their involvement.

It is through careful consideration of the optimal relation between the child and its environment that we aim to achieve in nurturing inquiring minds.

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