environmental science, geography display ideas

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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Climate Change Displays 3


I think this is an excellent example of an information rich display. It’s not arranged at all the way I would normally recommend for informative displays but it has great impact. It breaks all sorts of design guidelines but it does so in an interesting way. It’s worth remembering that the guidelines aren’t rigid rules and sometimes willfully breaking them can make a better and more exciting design.

Although it is visually rather busy I find myself wanting to pour over it and to read all the posters. Surely that’s exactly the reaction we want for an informative display?
Boscastle, originally uploaded by vikelli
The second display I want to show you uses a more conventional design, with one major design element in a strategic position on the board (the globe) and work arranged less randomly.

Original by mistymorning23

I think this one works really well too and I suppose what they have in common, apart from the topic, is the use of pupils’ work is prominent in both displays. Good stuff!
I’ve blogged these as part of Blog Action Day 09 #BAD09

Postcard projects 2

Postcards, originally uploaded by vikellis.

On the UK news yesterday there was a feature about the decline of the traditional postcard. Not as many are being bought in these days of digital communication. Here’s one good reason for buying them!
Postcard projects and wall displays. I love them! They are a great way of exciting children’s imagination. This one depends on children bringing back cards from their various holiday destinations.
Another approach is to find classes in other parts of the country or the world to exchange postcards with. This one helped pupils in the USA to place their state in its wider context.
postcard project
This one was part of my degree work
You can read more about it in Postcards from Virtual Friends

Wall Display Primary 6 at Loirston-Coping with Climate Project


Here’s some “children’s voice” about their display work in action 🙂 P6 at Loirston School have been blogging about how they made their display about climates. Good work!

» Coping with Climate Project wall Display Primary 6 at Loirston
Coping with Climate Project wall Display

February 21, 2008

We made a wall display by splitting into groups and making a part of the wall display each. The four climates are the Desert, Rain Forest, Polar and the Woodland.

Rainforest Displays for Year 4

rainforest display

rainforest display

Every spring Year 4 at my old school would make a 3d rain forest classroom display. The classroom was transformed into a jungle of trees, creepers and interesting animals. This always involved lots of painting, cutting and sticking, and general messiness. Not to mention lots of opportunities for talking and listening, learning through conversation, and a chance for those whose skills might not be text based to really shine.

This slightly chaotic display would always be balanced with something rather more informative:

Beneath the display are a large collection of relevant library books which the class could access when they’d finished their work.