DESIGN ELEMENT

9. Sensory areas

DESCRIPTION

A number of areas designed to stimulate all the senses, including for example:

  • Outdoor musical instruments

  • Water play areas, with pumps etc

  • Areas designed for stimulating the sense of touch – pumice, stones etc

  • Edible gardens and trees

  • A focus on making sure these areas are designed to cater to the needs and abilities of all members of our kura and community

PURPOSE AND EXPLANATION OF MECHANISM

  • To awaken all the senses in our kids and stimulate their brains for learning and improved emotional resilience

  • To provide for the wide ranging benefits linked to creating music

  • To provide quiet and calming areas for children experiencing stress – e.g. a child acting out disruptively, or a child feeling anxiety about a new situation (refer the body of research on sensory modulation – especially for treating anxiety and sensory disorders)

  • To build mana whenua in our kids and allow them to reference their own whakapapa