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

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FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

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JUNE

JULY 

 

AUGUST

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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.

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.

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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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Shakespeare – Old time favourite

Picture in featured image saved from dreamtime.com.

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)

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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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

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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.

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Peppi Orfanogianni

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