Environment as the Third Teacher
The learning environments in our school are a very important part of the school’s way of working. What the children are seeing and working around everyday has a huge impact on them, and can play a large part in their learning journeys.
The Reggio Emilia teaching and learning philosophy states that – ‘The environment is the third teacher’, the first being the child, the second the adult/teacher and the third the place they are learning in. We have tried and tested this theory for many years and have learned the best ways to invite and provoke our children to be curious. Although this sounds like a relatively simple idea, the key to making each environment correct for each cohort of children is in observing the way that they learn, thinking about how this learning could be extended, and making a range of possibilities available to differentiate to each learner’s needs.