We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy which views the “environment as the third teacher”. This approach perfectly complements the EYFS curriculum with its focus on inquiry and play-based learning.
By bringing natural elements such as plants, sand, water and sunlight into the interior, our school transcends the traditional classroom setting. Our unique and stimulating environment provides pupils endless possibilities for multi-sensory experiences, inciting them to pursue their chosen area of interest.
Natural elements and open-ended play equipment (e.g. the play hut and sand pit) are complemented by hard and soft play surfaces and invite children to crawl, roll, climb and run. This in turn stimulates children’s five senses and triggers their inquisitiveness about the world around them.
At Malvern College Hong Kong, classrooms are not defined by walls, and learning happens everywhere! Open classrooms act as a home base for our pupils and are organised around the central indoor play area. Numerous focal points in between the classrooms provide informal learning spaces. Our open plan layout and organic shapes of the school’s interior foster a dynamic learning environment that encourages many different types of play and study.
To balance the open plan with volume control, sound absorptive materials are used in the ceiling, flooring and other surfaces to dampen sounds. Two flexible partitions seal off separate spaces for noisier activities such as music classes, while maintaining the integrity of open-plan layout.
The interior design of the campus takes on a flexible and inspiring learning space, creating an imaginative learning area where children are free to explore and develop their potential in a safe and home-like environment.