New ‘Flexible’ Furniture for Upper Primary Students

This year, St Andrew’s students in Years 4 and 5 have been enjoying the benefits of new furniture in their classrooms, the aim of which is to support collaboration and flexibility of learning.

Commenting on how the new furniture promotes flexibility, student choice and collaboration, Year 4 teacher Mrs Moffat said, “The flexibility the new furniture provides for the structuring of my lessons has been an asset to my students’ learning. They collaborate in circles, and reason and problem solve on the white board tables. They discuss and plan on the lower table. They can make good choices for their learning by choosing desks with less distraction. The students’ enjoyment of this new space is evident.”

We also spoke to some Year 4 students who shared their opinions of their new furniture.

What do you like about the new furniture?

Cowen: The new furniture is more comfy and softer.

Majd: We can draw on the whiteboard tables. The chairs are lighter and we can move them more easily.

Nina: The old furniture wasn’t very comfortable and you couldn’t lean back in the old seats. You can push back in the new seats and relax in them more. If you want to meditate you can meditate and feel quite comfortable.

How does the new furniture help you work more effectively?

Cowen: The higher tables help because you can draw on them. You can use them for math, design, drawing and practicing when you want to do something.

Majd: In Maths, we write things on the whiteboard tables to help us figure out answers. We can also move the furniture around for group work.

Nina: Now we have tables that we can write on; we can use them for figuring stuff out in Maths. The higher tables are easier to work on.

What else do you like about the furniture?

Cowen: It’s more relaxing. The chairs before were more hard and now you can go back in them.

Majd: Sometimes when you’re working really hard you need to sit back for a second. With our old furniture we had to lean back really hard in the chairs and it would only go back a little bit and now you can easily lean back.

We look forward to Term 2 when the Year 3 students will also acquire new furniture in their learning spaces.

 

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  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.