Osborne Park PS class redesigned with new non-traditional furniture

Osborne Primary School students have a range of seating options to choose from.
Osborne Primary School students have a range of seating options to choose from.

BEANBAG chairs, a couch and fit balls have replaced traditional seating at an Osborne Park school.

The Year 2/3 class at Osborne Primary School has been redesigned with individual student desks replaced with coloured flip tables, wobble stool, beanbag chairs, cushions, a couch, fit balls and other seating options that maximises floor space.

Artist Kerise Delcoure has helped brighten the classroom by painting a large mural based on students’ drawings.

The students hosted an afternoon tea on March 26 for their parents and members of Main Street Co-Op to showcase their new learning space.

Teacher Kristin Pittard said the change was an attempt to “move away from the physical aspects of the outdated industrial model of education”.

Osborne Primary School Year 2/3 students with artist Kerise Delcoure and the mural she painted in their classroom.

“The children are ecstatic with their classroom,” she said.

“They love coming to school and are engaged in their learning.

“Students get to choose where they sit and who they sit with and it has encouraged responsible decision making and collaborative team work.”

Ms Pittard said it had also increased behaviour and attendance rates.

“Behaviour is better as children who need it are getting higher sensory input from the flexible seating options which means they are not getting fidgety and disruptive,” she said.

“Students have been showing up to school early and are wanting to stay back in the classroom at recess, lunch time and after school.”

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