Yearly archives: 2010

Christmas Countdown Display

This great idea for a Christmas board comes from Classroom Displays Group member Lesley
She says:

My original design for this had the baubles on numbered pegs, hence the countdown. We changed our minds but forgot the title but it still makes some sense.

My teacher made most of this as I am in the other class room in the afternoons when most of the practical work is done.
The children enjoyed making hand prints but we had to cut them out for them.
The hooks for the baubles are made from split pins with one pin stapled to the wall and the other bent into a hook (I will try to collect a photo of this and add it)
The snow flakes around the edges are cheap decorations stapled on.

Every morning a child gets to choose a bauble to put on and go and find the right number to hang it.

I think it’s made a really interesting addition to the classroom, combining numeracy and fun.
Of course you could do something similar without everyone getting quite so messy:

This one was made by just cutting out hands drawn on green sugar paper and would make a good last minute display.

Remembrance Day Displays Poppies


I love this display for Remembrance Day. The colours work so well together. The black backing paper provides a perfect neutral background for the red of the children’s work and the lettering. The use of a bright green accent as thin border on the board is then repeated as a mount for the work.
Usually I don’t like ‘fussy cutting’ children’s drawings but on this occasion it has worked well. I know I always tell people to position work using guidelines but on this occasion the angles have been carefully balanced. It’s a great visual skill if you can do this but it is hard to get it right. This does.

You can find some really good Remembrance resources including editable poppies, crosses and writing frames at Teachers Pet

IMGP3696, originally uploaded by Emu582

Classroom Displays – Mounting Work

Why mounting colour matters when displaying work.

This extract from an article on the BBC website makes it clear.

What happens if I change the context surrounding the squares, but not the two squares themselves?

And yet all we’ve done is put them on different backgrounds. As a result, the small square on the dark background looks lighter than the one on the light background.

This is called the “brightness contrast illusion”, which proves that context is everything when it comes to what we see, even when seeing the simplest qualities of the world, namely lightness.

So try it the next time you are mounting a piece of work and make sure you choose the right shade to really compliment the work.

Read more of the article on the BBC

Classroom Displays Water 1

Water – getting Year 5 to think about their own use of water and that of people in other countries formed the main part of this display. The display was based on photographs and artifacts collected during their day at Brockhole Education Centre in the Lake District National Park. (More details about Brockhole What about Water? module)


Water web sites:
Water Aid

Creative Commons Photos to print and use in the classroom:

Lesson Plans:


Water Aid has a range of media resources from slideshows, films and games to real people’s stories and images. Learn zone is designed to be used flexibly. It can be adapted according to your curriculum needs and available time. Activities are ideal for independent ICT sessions or teacher-led interactive whiteboard use.
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Classroom display scroll banner 1

Classroom Displays  Scroll Banner Classroom Displays group member Sue May has a great tutorial for making your own display title banner without using cut out letters or a printer over on her blog One Stitch Two Stitch

She has some detailed step by step instructions which are perfect for anyone who wants to try making handwritten titles for their displays. I like using a variety of text in the classroom and if we expect children to write using cursive then we should occasionally use it ourselves. I’d keep it for main titles or perhaps on word walls.

What do you think? Should classroom lettering in primary (elementary) only ever be in Comic Sans or Sassoon Primary (my personal favourite!)?