Have you heard the news? There’s a new superhero in school!
What would you say if we told you that we had discovered a new superhero which has the power to support our mental health, physical health, community spirit and also our academic progress?
What would you say if we told you that the new superhero we have discovered is the humble house plant?
Well it’s true! Research tells us that plants in classrooms support children and adults in a range of ways.
- Combating stress and anxiety– plants have been found to reduce tension, stress and feelings of anxiety by nearly a half. By including plants in classrooms and school corridors we can help to boost the mood of children and staff alike, reducing symptoms of tension such as headaches and irritability.
- Reducing sickness and absence– plants in buildings help to reduce levels of CO2 which can cause headaches and a general feeling of being unwell. Plants also absorb toxins from the environment which could make us feel unwell.
- Promoting a sense of community– it has been found that plants can encourage social interaction and teamwork where children work together to keep the plants alive. This group effort encourages teamwork and a sense of responsibility.
- Improving academic performance– it is thought that plants improve memory retention by around 20% which supports improvements in academic performance. They also help to filter out background noise which can be a distraction to children.
This half term we have been kindly gifted a selection of plants for all our classrooms and office spaces. We hope to see the plants’ superpowers taking effect soon!