Pupils and teachers alike are in the final stretch of revision as exams, whether GCSE’s, A Levels, or University papers, are set to begin in late May. Whilst students focus on their chosen subjects in a bid to ace their exams, teachers adopt longer hours to provide solid support. But we mustn’t forget the pressure that our nation’s exam and data managers face too.
In fact, not only must staff ensure that the students are ready for the impending assessments but there are a number of key processes in the lead up to exam season to consider too. The team at Building Additions can help make the examination period that much easier. Find out more below:
We know that in today’s busy world, flexibility is everything. That’s why we’ve been busy developing a new folding wall system which makes it even easier for you to tailor your space to suit your needs. This new, stylish system has the ability to transform your room layout in seconds with the minimum of fuss and the maximum impact. After being tried and thoroughly tested, it’s finally available and we can’t wait for you to see it in action.
Introducing our new folding wall system…
Where rooms need to work hard and fulfill a number of different functions, this innovative new system will make that transformation quick and simple, allowing you to set up a new layout in no time at all, and with little effort. Our new folding wall system consists of a series of hinged panels that are designed to run smoothly and effortlessly along a sleek floor track, with an optional top hung fitting.
Although it may seem that Christmas was only last week, we are approaching the end of January already. And that means that half term is nearly upon us. A welcome break for teachers and students alike it is often the case that parents’ frantically attempt to fill their days with activities and outings.
Despite often only receiving a sprinkling of snow, the country can occasionally experience enough to slow down traffic and force us to stay behind closed doors. Consequently snow and bad weather throughout the winter can force schools to close.
Whilst this is often unavoidable and a toughly considered decision, it can be inconvenient for both school staff and parents alike. However, it is frequently the case that schools will remain partially open allowing those, both staff and pupils, who can travel safely to still attend. In such occasions wall partitions are particularly valuable. Let us explain:
Christmas is just around the corner. And the first term of the academic year has almost come to a close. But before you can put away the books and lock up the doors you must make it through another school nativity performance.
A long standing tradition in the majority of primary schools across the country, the School Nativity is the favourite amongst children but parents get the chance to see their little ones on stage for the first time. Swapping lessons for singing practice in the school hall might be exciting for them, but the hassles of sharing this space with the rest of the school is often problematic. This is where movable walls and folding partitions come in to play as the ideal solution for manageable space, not just for the festive season, but all year round. Find out how they can enhance the functionality of your school space here:
As a result of current architectural fashion many schools, both primary and secondary, have opted to introduce open plan classrooms and large teaching areas. And just as open plan offices have been criticised for their lack of privacy and their employee’s decreased ability to work productively, research suggests that there is an urgent need to revaluate these designs in our educational facilities.
A great deal of research has been conducted in relation to children, teachers, and school environments whether concerning teaching styles, teaching methods, the bare wall theory or as we’ll discuss here; open plan learning.
Believe it or not history can tell stories all across the world simply by showing us walls, whether still standing or nothing but a few remains. Think about it, the Great Wall of China depicts ancient boarders which protected the Chinese Empire from nomadic tribes or the Western Wall in Israel which many believe was the original Holy Temple.
But what about graffiti? This form of street culture is seen by many as destructive and possibly a little provocative with bold and uncompromising topics. With origins in gang culture, who favoured this form to mark their territory, graffiti is no longer seen as such a taboo but increasingly looked upon as a form of art allowing individuals to express ideas and statements.
So not only can we learn from ancient walls and other structures but increasingly we can look to graffiti for political, cultural and ethical messages of our time. Why don’t you take a look at a few of these famous messages in the form of graffiti:
Most of us have a Bucket List, whether we’ve written it out and had it laminated or keep a rough copy we constantly add to in our heads.
They typically include activities such as skydiving, swimming with dolphins and African safari’s.
But why not add one of these to your lists?
Okay, so we might be a bit biased, but these walls are magnificent man-made spectacles, or in fact slightly odd sites which have become hot spots for tourists – take a look for yourselves.
1.The Great Wall of China
Built back in the 14th Century, The Great Wall of China can even, according to some, be seen from space.
Stretching an astonishing 8,850 kilometres long the wall is built along an east-to-west line across historical northern boarders of China with the aim of protecting the Chinese Empire from attack of nomadic tribes.
Want to visit? There are many tourist spots along the wall including the most famous location of Badaling. For those of you who wish to steer clear of fellow tourists and stick to more rural routes head for the Huangyaguan and Shanhaiguan sections.
Here at Building additions we do business with schools and nurseries on a day to day basis. We are forever fitting educational facilities with folding partitions and operable wall systems; whether they require additional space or sound proofing with acoustic solutions.
It seems that for children, play is the language of childhood in which they are encouraged to use props, devise rules and immerse themselves in their imaginations all the while encouraging behavioural development, brain growth and cognitive skills.
According to Play England, this concept of Free Play is defined as “children choosing what they want to do, how they want to do it and when to stop and try something else”.
Child development theorist Tina Bruce states that the scale of involvement in play is hugely important as “concentration is the greater predictor of academic success”. This suggests that the encouragement of free flow play nurtures the ability to deeply focus in later life, harnessing academic success and creative thinking.