Learning Rooms is a concept supported by leading education experts which, as part of its philosophy, seeks to promote the abilities of every child whether academic, creative or practical. A vital part of this process involves giving children a stage or platform on which to present, display and share their abilities with class and schoolmates. The introduction of ‘Step-up’ mini staging modules makes this an easy thing to facilitate, with an in-classroom unit that offers visibility and a presentation platform. Several classroom packs can be consolidated into a bigger format when a major production, in an assembly hall, is planned.
Gratnells Stage extends that concept from the desktop into the public space. From very simple low-cost installations that can be used as a speaker dais, a winner’s podium or a show-and-tell presentation, up to staging for bands, orchestras, pageants, raised audience seating and large-scale theatre, it helps deliver children’s activities, achievements and triumphs to an admiring audience.
Richard Picking, international marketing director for Gratnells, says that ‘Step-up’ has the potential to help develop children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and communications skills:
“With a mini-stage that can be used every day and stored in a corner of the classroom, teachers have the resource to let every child experience the thrill of being a celebrity in front of their peer groups. It really doesn’t matter what the skill on show is – it can be something relatively passive like displaying a piece of outstanding artwork or a vibrant performance of a musical solo piece.
“The point is that ‘Step-up’ provides a focal point to recognise and reward good work in all its forms. Teachers can stage impromptu events as easily as planned ones and the familiarity of the unit permanently in the classroom helps overcome any anxiety for the child.”
‘Step-ups’ are comprised of highly-engineered interlocking parts, easy to assemble and breakdown, with a quality-finish wood surface and smart use of robust plastics for weight reduction and durability. Many variations in the modules are available including steps, pelmets and rails.
As part of the company’s ‘Learning Rooms’ project, Gratnells is hoping the use of ‘Step-ups’ will facilitate and enrich the learning environment for both teachers and pupils, with a very affordable ‘stage’ for every classroom.