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A calming, therapeutic classroom environment

How can you create a therapeutic and calming classroom environment that cultivates learning? Play therapist Shahana Knight offers some suggestions and guidance

I remember being in primary school, in my classroom sitting with my peers surrounded by brightly coloured display boards to show off our work, large cut-out numbers and letters stuck to the wall alongside our times table’s charts. There were red, yellow and blue cut-out images of various things tacked to the windows while we sat at our tables or on the brightly coloured carpet by the teacher’s chair.

Now as an adult working in education, I find myself walking in to classrooms that look just like those I learnt in as a child more than 20 years ago. However, the more classrooms I walk in to, the more I begin to realise it might be time for a new approach.

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