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Oriental Garden at the Pagoda
The concept came to life as a beautiful and classically-styled modern building, featuring seamless indoor/outdoor flows to an oriental-style garden. This all offers natural and stimulating learning environments for the children to enjoy and learn.
A variety of natural materials is employed, which are tactile and designed to be used. Separate learning ‘stations’ inside and out incorporate music, water, lighting, textures… and are able to cater for a range of activities as well as for modular reassembly – just like LEGO.
The Pagoda is also very technical behind the scenes, and features wireless LAN and sophisticated sound and video systems (both inside and in the garden) that provide further opportunities to extend children’s learning.
Appealing to Children
'Sky Ceiling' at the Pagoda
The building and grounds contain many features designed to appeal directly to children, and takes into account their reduced eye level.
For example, a river and lake design is set into the floor, and lights high up in the vaulted ceiling give the appearance of a star-filled sky.
By appealing to all of a child's senses we like to think that the Pagoda becomes the launch point for childhood journeys to places near and far, whether physically or virtually via the internet. Sometimes the journey will be stimulating and exciting and at other times it will be restful and reflective.
Pagoda staff members are very enthusiastic and experienced, and were all chosen for their fantastic creativity. They aim to ensure that the Pagoda is a place of joy, delight and learning for every child in their care.
Being able to cater for more sustained older children’s projects, the Pagoda is also a ‘preparing for school and later life' place - in the holistic sense of honing social skills, and respect, together with an appreciation of the simple joys in life.