At Heritage International Xperiential School we believe that spaces play a large role in how deeply children learn, and hence for us, the space is the third teacher. We understand that a child-centric space design encourages independence of thought and action. By making the space learner- and knowledge-centric, we encourage students to take the initiative to access knowledge and information rather than have the teacher pass it down to them.
We have found that physical spaces that are customised and designed to be flexible are much more responsive to the changing needs of children and the curriculum, and allow modifications according to lesson plans to maximize student engagement and classroom delivery. Spaces designed while keeping how children move, think and play in mind will always elicit a more positive response from students. For instance, rather than boxed in classrooms, multi-purpose rooms can be adapted to suit the needs of the curriculum and the tools required as teaching aids.
We feel that the child must be able to exercise choice in different situations. At HIXS, seating is differentiated by the kind of activity a child would like to undertake: sofas, hard-backed chairs, or stools and cushions that can be pulled up to the different-sized tables and benches. Our space design encourages collaborative work in large or small groups but, equally, it focuses on small niches and nooks where a child can retire alone with a book or toy. Specially designed mobile trolleys prompt activities such as gardening, maker space activities or cooking.
At HIXS, design is used to create spaces that are emotionally inviting and safe. The intimacy and comfort that a smaller building offers contribute a great deal to a child’s emotional security and therefore the ability to be herself; in turn, this fosters safe risk-taking and nurtures inquiry. Smaller areas also lend itself to be custom designed for the needs of its users. In addition, light, acoustics, air quality, zero dark areas as well as use of pleasing colours and child-safe materials in structures, finishes and furniture also contribute to higher engagement.
The Heritage International Xperiential School, Middle and Senior Campus is located near sector 58, Gurugram.
This is a state of the art campus with a built-up area of 2,40,000 sq. ft. with facilities for sports, music, art, theatre, makerspace and so on.
Some of the salient features of the campus are as follows: