Classroom display idea for ‘The Environment’

Here is an idea for a quick display for the Science topic ‘The Environment’. 

Firstly, you will need a catchy backdrop, I used one with the sea. If you don’t have one like it then I would recommend you use blue for the sky as it is more effective if you keep to the colours of nature. The tree was simply cut out of brown card, no need to be precise the wonkier the better! Little green leaves for the branch effect to come to life and a title is all you need to get you started.

The rest of the display uses Twinkl resources, which are amazing, but you have to be a member to download them. I made the title with Twinkl create where you can create your own resources, however, if you have not subscribed just draw your own!

Baby Earth again was simply cut out of card and eyes and mouth were drawn with a black marker, the same with the 3Rs.

The Environment classroom display

I hope this might inspire you for a display. I would love to see what you come up with, too!

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Till next time…

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12 Amazing Library Display Ideas for Every Month

One of the best ways to motivate and encourage children to read books is a good book display. Coming up with ideas can be hard and the internet can at times be overwhelming, leaving you at a loss. Below are 12 amazing  library and book corner display ideas, chosen from many on the web, that will be sure to motivate all readers every month. Which one is your favourite?

September

 

October

November

by Bess Gonglewski

DECEMBER

by Bulletin Board Ideas and Designs

JANUARY

from Pinterest

 

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

from Pinterest

 

JUNE

JULY 

 

AUGUST

from Pinterest

 

There are many more wonderful ideas on the web, these are just a few of my favourites! Apologies for those images I could not find the original source, please feel free to comment if you know it.

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Robinson Crusoe Display

Historical narratives can be tough for kids to comprehend as they are written in an old-fashioned style and use vocabulary that has seized to exist. By breaking them down and analysing them bit by bit, children can be exposed to powerful pieces of writing that have shaped the world of literature. It is impressive to see how well children respond to them, once they have gained concrete understanding. 

We looked at an extract from Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s novel 1719, and answered some comprehension questions, to aid understanding of the structure and meaning of the text. Once children took ownership of it, identified how Daniel Defoe’s long sentences mirrored the endless waves and the out-of-breath feeling Robinson Crusoe would have had toiling amongst the waves, the task was assigned. Their task was to continue the extract for the next five minutes of the story, using as many phrases as possible to describe what it was like for Robinson Crusoe once his feet touched the ground. They were allowed to use some words and phrases from other historical narratives we had read, following some of Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing strategies, and their writing hit the roof!

This display aims to honour the children’s wonderful writing. A powerful, simple-to-make display  for outstanding pieces of work, using Twinkl’s Stormy Sea theme page borders.

When children’s work inspires teachers! ❤

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The Tyger: poem by William Blake

Year 6 were introduced to “The Tyger” poem by William Blake and were mesmerised by it.  There is no doubt that this piece of literature is immortal and still burns bright with today’s youth. 🐯

The Tyger” is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection.  Twinkl’s PowerPoint is a great resource to use when teaching it as it has a complete literacy unit, which incorporates poetry and persuasive writing.

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

As William Blake was not only a poet but an artist too,  the children brought the tiger to life after an in-depth discussion of their impressions of the poem. We used Harriet Muller’s YouTube video and created some magnificent pieces of artwork!

TOP TIP: When displaying children’s work, go for an eye-catching border to make it pop!

Here is our end result! Hope you like it! 🐯🐯🐯

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Believe in your selfie 3-D bulletin board idea

A twist on a classic art activity, drawing a portrait of yourself, is to draw your selfie!

Children took selfies and then drew them. They loved to capture themselves in class with the camera and their art  took on a whole new life. 

Some asked if they could draw snapchat filters. Allowing their imagination to roam, the children took their selfies to another level. 

Their artwork was displayed with a camera backdrop and the “Believe in your selfie” catchphrase to promote a positive mindset. 

This display is ultra easy to create with card.

highly recommend you try this art activity – the children loved it! Suitable for all ages. 

The final result: 

Always believe in your #selfie!

 

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Special thanks to K. Miller for the catchphrase inspiration.

2017-2018 Classroom Reveal: Travel Theme

It’s been a week into school and it’s time to reveal this year’s classroom theme. Those who have been following my blog –  a huge shout-out to my amazing 400 followers ❤ THANK YOU! – you already know that this year’s classroom theme is TRAVEL!

Obviously, inspired by my love for travelling here is a picture tour of my classroom.

As you can see, I kept my blue and white chevron theme, with yellow accents just because I find it so fresh and welcoming. I am still not bored with it after two years, on the contrary probably even more in love with it!

Welcome on board to the most amazing travel adventure! Whilst lining outside the door, after break times children’s imagination can be triggered with a simple yet effective way. This class door decoration has been made out card which has been cut out and stuck on with masking tape. It can be easily removed without damage and the pupils can’t wait to get inside. It really was super fast to make. You can get these fabulous International Passports from Twinkl, I am a huge fan – thanks Twinkl! ❤

This year’s reading corner has been decorated with our class novel in mind. In Year 6, our class novel is the all time classic ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S.Lewis. Browsing the internet for some inspiration I came across this image of a lamppost which is what triggered the Narnia theme.

The lamppost is made from card and easily stuck on the air-conditioning plastic wire cover. Of course our reading corner wouldn’t be complete without the reading signpost, which I had made last year notice I had to change Narnia’s direction 😉 and the  super cute reading vintage map bunting  with the fabulous quote: Reading will take you places found on Ms. G’s Room 30 Blog! Thank you! 

To inspire and encourage reading, I also gave them some  travel-themed bookmarks, which can be seen and downloaded for free HERE.


The ceiling is decorated with DIY map bunting made from: maps, string and sellotape. I am really into bunting this year, I don’t think I can get enough of it! It’s hung between 3 inflatable globes I bought on Amazon,  and goes to the four corners of the room. 

Looking up, this is the result, from the middle of the room to one corner:

Notice the flight path..? 🙂

So there you have it in a nutshell. I hope you like it and it inspires you to create a theme for your classroom. What’s your classroom theme this year? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and ideas. They are always appreciated. 

Our learning adventure has started and we can’t wait to take our minds to new places!

Till next time…

 

Travel Theme Classroom

Are you ready for a  year of learning adventures? Explore new territory and discover newly found land with this amazing, travel classroom theme!  Yes, inspiration has finally kicked in and I can’t wait to start jazzing up my room for my new pupils! Grab your suitcase, passport and get ready to take some snapshots of this year’s exciting journey! EXPLORING and LEARNING has never been so much fun! Let’s start our new travel adventure together!


This year’s classroom theme is inspired by my holidays and love for travelling. Why end the exploring  when it can be continued in the new school year with your pupils. I will keep the turquoise and yellow colour scheme as it creates a calming atmosphere within the room and matches with the furniture that is already there. A travel theme is hard to  to look more sophisticated for my Year 6 class, but that is my aim.

Click HERE to see my classroom travel theme revealed!

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Me Paint Cave!

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.

history

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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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.

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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)

Image: lastingthumprints.com

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

World War @ QR

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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