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Create an Outdoor Space at your school

Create an outdoor space that meets the recommended design standards at your school

Did you know that different states provide different design standards for outdoor furniture at schools? Depending on which state your...
Felton Industries Local Schools Community Fund

Upgrade the outdoor area at your school with the Local Schools Community Fund

Did you know that if you are a school looking to upgrade your facilities you can apply for funding of...
Felton Present and Future Design Trends for Outdoor

Outdoor furniture follows design trends of the future

As with fashion, furniture styles and designs change over time and mimic the overall trend of the era. What are...
Felton Importance of Spectator Seating

The importance of spectator seating on your sports ground.

Whether you are looking to upgrade or build a brand new sports ground at your school, park or community, an...
Felton Top tips to apply for a grant

Top tips to apply for a grant

Would you like to be able to upgrade your outdoor facilities at your school, sports club, park or organisation but...
Felton Outdoor Learning

Give outdoor learning a regular spot in your school week in 2019

With back to school imminent, now is the perfect time to consider what new activities and ways of learning you...
Felton Important Playgrounds

Why are playgrounds important and what makes a great playground?

Whether in schools, local parks, community centres or resorts, outdoor playgrounds provide an exciting hive of opportunity where kids get...
Felton Outdoor Furniture

How Your School Can Help Promote Active Lifestyles In Children

With inactivity and childhood obesity an ongoing concern in our communities, schools have an increasingly important role in encouraging children...
Felton How to use outdoor spaces

How To Use Outdoor Spaces To Build Vibrant Communities

How can outdoor space be used to build vibrant communities? Studies show that an investment into a park, or similar...
Felton Memorable School Photo Day

Four Steps in Making Sure Your School Photo Day is Memorable for Everyone

School photo days are a vital way for parents and the school to record class memories over the years. That...
Felton Colour Affecting Performance

Can we use colour to influence and improve performance? The impacts of colour on performance has been an area of interest across a number of professions for many years including elite athletes, scientists, advertisers, marketers and designers. More recently however colour and performance has become the subject of more extensive research particularly in schools. If you are considering an outdoor classroom or are just taking learning outside regularly, we consider how colour can be best utilised to enhance performance outdoors.

There have been a number of studies on the influence of colour on learning and the ability to succeed. In 2009 a study in the Science magazine, outlined the performance of 600 participants in relation to the impacts of red and blue on their learning outcomes. The study asked participants to complete tasks on a computer against red, blue or neutral backgrounds and looked at the results to see if they could see any correlation of colour on performance. They found overall that red backgrounds had a tendency to make people more accurate and detailed whilst blue backgrounds supported more creativity in approach to the tasks at hand.

In a different smaller study involving 71 students, those who were given a participant number that was red, as opposed to green or black, 5 minutes before they undertook an exam, scored on average 20% lower than those that were given participant numbers in the other colours. One theory for this finding was that association of red with danger and fear of failure. For elite athletes on the other hand, who engage in physical and mental pursuits, the association of red with dominance and winning has been the finding of much research.

Why colours have an impact on certain people and less so on others is not yet understood but some experts suggest colours affect performance because of the mood they convey or are associated with. It is worth remembering however that colours have different connotations in different cultures, and individual preference alongside the influence of personal, cultural and situational factors can also heavily influence the impact of colour on an individual’s outcome.

That said if you are considering an outdoor classroom or simply love to make use of the outdoors for learning for cognitive or physical tasks, consider how you can use colour stimulus to enhance performance and learning in your selected space. Warm colours like orange and red may increase alertness and motivation but also too much may create anxiety and overstimulation and thus inhibit creativity. Splashes of blue, green and yellow can help keep students calm, focussed and ready to learn. Always strive to achieve balance when designing learning spaces.

At Felton we are proud to have brought colour to our outdoor furniture range through our patented coloured safety end caps, powder-coating options and our popular colourful park pedestal settings. In each instance you can choose from a range of six exciting colours to create the perfect colour-blended outdoor space to encourage high performance whatever your chosen outdoor activity.

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