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Classroom displays don’t have to be flat! Make those bulletin boards come to life by making them three-dimensional, whenever possible.

Use paper, and card to your advantage and create inspiring images to display and celebrate children’s learning.

Below is a photo of a ‘Cave Paintings’ display, which shows some work from our fun History Day, whilst learning about the Stone Age.

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Creating a happy classroom environment is one of my favourite things when it comes to being a teacher. A classroom should reflect the great learning that takes place within it.

I strive for my learning environment to be inspirational, educational and creative.

Hope this inspires you for some wonderful displays in your school.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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9 Tips for Effective Classroom Displays 

Shakespeare – Old time favourite

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Science Investigations

What better way to learn about science than hands-on activities! We had great fun trying out these different investigations in class. We learned all about separating mixtures and solutions and had a lot of fun doing so.

We planned the following investigations and had the children working on each investigation for 10mins. They loved carrying out these investigations and their favourite one was the milk and food dye. Click on it to see what it involves.

Investigation 1: Milk and food dye

Investigation 2: Separating dry mixtures I

Investigation 3: Separating mixtures II

Investigation 4: Ink blots

Did you know that inks are mixtures of different dyes?

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The display shows the 4 investigations,  photos of the children which where taken while they were carrying the investigations. They were then modified on Word and an Instagram bar was added to the bottom so that they look as if they were Instagram photos.  Instgram title was kept for copyright reasons. A bar chart of their favourite investigations, was added. Beaker shapes have information about what we did. Instagram (old) icon downloaded from the internet.

A cross-curricular link with Literacy, could be to read “George’s Marvellous Medicine“. Click here to read a book review. Other cross-curricular links with Mathematics are: Graphs, Data Handling and Measuring.

Related articles: Mixtures and Solutions 

World War Two Display with QR Code

 World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. (wikipedia.com)

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Click on the image to play BBC Primary History – Time Capsules: WW2

Here is my World War Two display  that has a QR Code, which links to Winston Churchill’s speech on The Blitz. Click HERE to hear his speech and to see some video footage from World War 2. The posters were downloaded from http://www.sparklebox.co.uk for free. The title and numbers were downloaded from http://www.twinkl.co.uk. Spitfire idea was from none other than Pinterest!

World War 2 display

World War 2 Plane

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Winston's Churchill speech on The Blitz

Winston’s Churchill’s speech on The Blitz

Dear colleagues, I hope you like this idea and it inspires you, for your World War Two display!

I believe the QR Code makes the display come to life!

Feel free to leave a comment below. I always love to read them! ❤

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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9 tips for effective classroom displays

Effective displays are essential tools for supporting pupils’ learning and making the classroom feel welcoming and engaging. They’re also something that most teachers enjoy doing—and sometimes overdoing! It’s tempting to cover classroom walls with bright, beautiful and teacher-chosen resources. It’s equally tempting to put up multiple copies of the same thing in order to please all the children in the classroom.

So how can a classroom display be more effective? Read on to find out. Below are 9 tips for making better classroom displays. 

9 tips for effective classroom displays

1.Remember that less is more. Covering every possible space will make the room seem cluttered and overstimulating. Leave a good amount of wall space and shelf tops clear. Overdoing it can interfere with your efforts to create a calm classroom environment.

2. Include everyone. All pupils need to know that their efforts are valued, so display work from every child, not just the “best” ones but, there is no need to put 20 pieces of the same piece of artwork on display. Different children’s work can be put on display, as long as everyone has been included somehow.
3. Display drafts and polished pieces. Displaying drafts and finished work side by side tells children that the process of learning is valued as much as we the outcome. It’s a great way to teach children that mistakes are an important part of learning, not something to be ashamed of or to hide.
4. Ask for input from pupils. Giving pupils a say about what is displayed makes displays more interesting to them, reinforces their efforts, and fosters a feeling of community as they see that the classroom is something they create together.  If you can, create a display square for each pupil and let each child decide what to display there.

5. Put pieces at eye level. Children can’t enjoy looking at something they have to strain to see. Things hanging above their heads can sometimes be distracting and annoying so take care when doing so.
6. Choose the right space. Display paintings, writing samples, and other two-dimensional pieces on bulletin boards and other wall spaces. Keep the tops of bookshelves clear for three-dimensional work such as dioramas and models. If you can, create a little more display space with simple wire shelving.
7. Have borders. Having a border around a child’s piece of work gives it that extra sense of prestige and makes it stand out. Also a border around the bulletin board catches people;s eyes and their attention is drawn to it. Think about the colour coordination though so that the borders don’t clash.

9. Keep displays current. After displays have been up for a couple of months, pupils generally stop looking at them. Be vigilant about taking down work that’s no longer relevant.Take down old work. Students usually don’t care about and won’t look at work they did many months ago.

Hope this helps make your displays even better! 

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Related articles: Things to keep in mind when choosing colours for your classroom.

Artwork with perspective – Cityscape

Create this gorgeous artwork and teach the idea of perspective in drawing. The children loved this, as can be seen by their creations. Read on to find out how you can recreate this.

When starting, it is important to draw diagonals that go through a centre point. Make the space for the sky and rub out the inner lines. Then, draw the doors to separate the buildings. Next, start on the different features of each building. Note that when drawing the windows, they  must take the shape of the buildings by keeping all window lines parallel to the lines of the building; this is the trickiest part. We had great fun creating!

Here are pictures of some amazing artwork produced and the final display. We tried different mediums. See which one you like the best and try it out with your class or on your own. 🙂

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There were so many great ones to choose from! Here is what the final display looks like!

Looking up into the sky ~ A cityscape with perspective. 

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Leave a comment if you liked this idea.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Artwork images by: Stella, Anastasia, Lydia, Iris and Myrto (Ages 10/11). Thank you, girls!

 

Hearts display

Here’s a little blast from the past for Valentine’s Day. This is a cute display that was done some years ago, which can easily be made with card and tissue paper. Just cut out two hearts and glue, weaving strips of tissue paper on one side, then glue the other heart on top so it looks good on both sides once it’s hung up. To add a little something dangle other hearts of your desire from the bottom; you can make it as long as you wish! ❤ ❤ ❤

Hearts display

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

Fall into art

Autumn a.k.a fall, such a colourful season full of auburn, yellow and orange.

We tried to bring some autumn colour into our classroom with this fantastic Autumn Leaf art, from Pinterest. Take a look at the result for yourselves! This is such a simple and effective art activity. Children use their imagination to create patterns in a meaningful way.

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To recreate this, you will need beans, glue and leaf templates. Stick the beans onto the paper and create a beautiful autumn scene of falling leaves!

Till next time…

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Halloween Classroom Decor

We are so ready for Halloween!  The children have been decorating the classroom and the atmosphere is haunting! 

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Here is how it was done:

The classroom was decorated during our art lesson. We had four workstations each one working on a different Hallowe’en themed craft activity.
There was the bat station, mouse station, classroom ghost station and free drawing station. Each group had 12 minutes on each station and then had to move onto the next one. The children were allowed to pin their decorations around the room!

See the result for yourself!

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What do you think of our spooky decorations…? 

Were you SPOOKED???

Till next time…

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Classroom tour!

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School has started and I believe the time has come for a classroom tour!

The children absolutely love their classroom and I am soooo delighted because it has taken quite some time to get ready!
BeforeHere is my before photo, I remembered to take it after I had started moving things in so it’s only a small taste of what it looked like before, it was quite bare.

Book page wreathFirst off, let’s start with the classroom door. Here is a photo of my page wreath which I  made out of an old book, that had missing pages. It hangs on the door and was really easy to make. If you like it, see photo instructions on how I made it by clicking {HERE}. I just think it is so cheerful and welcoming! I’m planning to keep it up all year but updating it now and again by making small adjustments to it. Hint: Halloween is coming… Stay posted to see how it changes!

As you walk in, you see the reading corner. This year our school is putting an emphasis on the importance of reading. By having a special corner/nook/area in your classroom for just that, you can help to inspire the desire for reading for pleasure.

That’s definitely one of my goals this year!

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The idea came from Pinterest of course. I made a sofa out of a wooden pallet and made crate stools, with my own personal twist. Recycling is the way to go! I also hung paper balls from the ceiling just to give it a more cosy feel. The kids find the reading corner comfy and I love it when they sit down and get engrossed into a book.

Next, is a photo of the back wall. It has a bookcase with all our books and a piece of furniture which stores card. I used the same material, as my reading corner, to make a curtain. I did this to hide all the ugly pieces of card showing. I used a DIY curtain rail made out of old poster hangers which sit on hooks stuck onto the piece of furniture.

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The bulletin boards displays are temporary. They will soon be filled with children’s work and informative educational displays, which I will be sharing with you!

desk area Then we move onto the desk area, which has undergone a little redecoration since the sneak peek preview. This was because some changes were made to the room i.e. the installation of a new interactive board! YAYYY!!!! So things had to be moved around. Here it is, in it’s final version.

Learning goals

The display to the side is a Learning Goals display, which shows the learning objectives taught for the week. Here is a photo of it close up. For those of you who are wondering where I got the super cute letters from, they were bought online from http://www.schoolgirlstyle.com. Check it out, it’s a great site for teachers! The smaller board behind the desk will be for my notices, timetables, e.t.c.

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Moving along, we have the two side walls, again with temporary displays.


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And last, but not least, here is a photo of the front of the classroom.

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Of course, things will change. So stay posted to the blog! We’re in for a great year, filled with lots of exciting new stuff!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! 🙂

Feel free to leave a comment below to tell me what you think!

Till next time…
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