Hallway Display – Slide/Flip/Turn hand project 3

Classroom Displays Slide/Flip/Turn

This is an interesting numeracy display which a 4th grade (Year 3) class have done. It’s obviously been the result of a whole class activity and I think using the children’s own hand prints makes quite a strong impact.

I do think it could have been more clearly labelled though. It’s not always obvious what operation has been performed and that could have been used to advantage. Had it been a classroom display a bit more interactivity could have been added with questions and cards on string to turn over to see if you were right.

Although I like the idea of the display I think it’s a bit messy. The layout spills over the edge of the board in a slightly random way which I don’t think works. I would have preferred to see it within a frame and with more even spacing. But then I’m a bit fussy like that 🙂 Actually, classroom displays that aren’t mounted absolutely straight and evenly spaced drive me nuts!

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.

Corridor wall displays – ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’

‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, originally uploaded by norirelibjk.

It can be very hard to photograph classroom displays in corridors. This lovely work is based on that old favourite “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.” norirelibjk is an NQT who is also the library manger. She says:

As a class we read this book together and our literacy lessons were based on it over a week. We wrote book reviews using an assortment of templates. Also included were some blurbs and alternative chapter endings.
This display was put up along our year 4 corridor, outside the Library, (opposite my classroom), which meant the whole school passed it.
I put it up in time for our first Parent/Carer evening. it had lots of interest and not just from my class’s parents. (year 4 age 8/9)

I just love the owl. He was made in an interesting way:

‘Plop’ was made by the class drawing around their hands; colouring them brown, grey or leaving them white and then cutting them out. A girl drew ‘Plop’ and then I layered and stuck on the hands to give the effect of feathers.
‘Plop’ is now in our book corner as display just been changed.

Here’s a close up of him in his new position:
Corridors are great places for the class to share their learning with the rest of the school and others, even if they are hard places to photograph!
The book is a real classic and paperback read alone copies can be found in most schools. Still, my favourite version for using with classes is this heavily illustrated one:

The audio book, read by Maureen Lipman, is great too:

Kenyan Mat Display

Kenyan mat display, originally uploaded by norirelibjk.

This is a very effective classroom wall display that could be created in a single lesson.

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First we folded the card in half and made cuts from the folded edge. We didn’t just do straight cuts but used patterns too. We then wove strips of coloured paper through, (using Kenyan Flag colours). (the final shot shows )A finished woven paper mat ready to be laminated.

This is a lovely project and using the limited colour range of the flag makes it a better and more meaningful display. I really like this project and I think it and the accompanying Masai necklace classroom display work very well.
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Classroom Displays for Christmas – the Snowman 1

Flying though the air

There is a place in school for gorgeous classroom displays like this one, that have a real, magical, ‘Wow factor’. Displays like this don’t have much input from the children, don’t showcase work. However, they can be used as a focus for speaking and listening, just so long as staff make the effort to keep referring to them.
This display would not be hard to copy. You just need some sort of shiny background for the sky area. The figures could be traced from The Snowman big book or even scanned, printed off in grey scale, blown up to A3, then coloured in with good pencil crayons and outlined in black felt pen. This version does have hand cut letters which can be time consuming. It’s always worth laminating them when you do use them and storing them for future use. I usually pop them in a plastic pocket in my folder. Oh, and don’t forget to paper clip the letters for each word. Saves lots of sorting! I think I’d get the children involved in making the houses and the trees. You might end up with a few more, and they might not be quite so similar to the book, but I still couldn’t resist getting them involved 🙂

I think having at most one “wow” display in the classroom, or better yet in shared areas, is quite acceptable. Children can be quite entranced by them and this one graced our library for a whole winter term. When the time came to take it down the children were quite sad and if I’m honest so was I 🙂 Every time I looked at it my mind supplied the first few notes of “Flying in the Air”.

When I was researching the effectiveness of different types of displays for my degree I found some interesting responses from a group of Year 5 children that slightly took me by surprise. They absolutely loved some of the “wow factor” displays and talked with great fondness of ones they remembered from previous years. Not only that, but where some of those displays had been well integrated with the work the children mixed their memories of the display with their reflections on what they had learnt. Good stuff!

So decorative classroom displays can have a greater impact on learning that you might first suppose.