Murrayburn community hub
Murrayburn community hub was a library space in Murrayburn Primary School.
As part of their improvement plan the school was keen to create a flexible teaching space that was also a relaxed place for parents and carers to use. The children and parent council group were engaged in the design process and this is the inspiring result.
It is a flexible learning space and a library area, you can see from the photos the different places for the children to learn. They can choose a table for writing or a comfortable nook for some quiet reading. There are comfortable adult seats with a rug and coffee tables laid out like a living room complete with picture frames hanging on the wall to create a homely feel.
The use of natural wood, a colour palette from nature, floral wallpaper and tree-like book cases makes the space a pleasant place to be. The nooks are a welcome place to enjoy a book or a quiet space for some time out.
The room has taken inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Almond Blossom’ as you can see in the wallpaper.
Language and communication class at Murrayburn Primary School
City of Edinburgh Council currently have six mainstream schools with language classes included in them. They cater for primary aged children who have additional language and communication needs, often with a diagnosis of autism.
Language classes have inclusive learning environments with low sensory stimulation.
They have space for children to work independently or as part of a group.
They are organised to encourage independence.
Break out areas or access to other facilities can include sensory rooms or soft play and a safe place for children to support them to self regulate when needed.
The Additional Support for Learning service reviewed Language and Communication Class (LCC) environments as part of a multi-disciplinary consultation and came up with a list of essential and desirable elements for the classes. This process has enabled a degree of consistency for LCC environments across the schools and ensures they all have essential needs met.
The playroom was designed to create an inclusive play space for all learners.