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Everything you always wanted to know about making classroom displays?

Everything about classroom displays?

That’s a huge claim isn’t it? I think we can start to build something like it though if we all put our heads together. This blog has a large readership and I’m convinced that between us we could answer most questions people can come up with so that’s what this post is all about.

It’s a funny time of year for classroom displays. Most people in the UK are either just back, or just about to go back to school. Boards are empty and if you are very organised you’ve backed them and got up something to welcome the new class.

Filling Your Empty Classroom Displays Boards

Lots of you will have spent time, usually in the ‘so-called’ holidays getting your classroom just the way you want it and now you have a blank canvas.

  • How can we help you fill it up?
  • What do you want to know about?
  • Are you stuck for design ideas?
  • Do you need practical tips?
  • Are there some subjects that you just can’t think of an interesting way to display?

What to do next and where

Ask your questions in the comments of this post and let’s see if we can come up with some great classroom displays solutions.

While you’re there, if you see a question about classroom displays that you know how to solve please feel free to add your own answers.


About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.


What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Everything you always wanted to know about making classroom displays

  • Linda Post author

    Visual timetables are very useful. There’s some evidence to suggest that line drawings are more ASD friendly than photos. I’m not sure myself. The theory is that the ASD child will not be able to generalise from a photo of one instance but why that should be less the case for line drawings I’m not sure.
    Stuff dangling from the ceiling can be really bad news for children with even mild ASD or ADH. If there’s a lot of it I think it’s distracting for most children!
    I’ve used images of emotions as well, to aid face reading in the SEN area. This requires catching staff and pupils in a particular moment with the camera, pinning the photos up and then getting the children to label the results at the start of each session. Photos can be changed regularly and the display can be made fun, especially if you can catch the head or a favourite teacher in a moment of emotion!

    Mrs X is cross

    always goes down well. 🙂
    Labels should be laminated and use velcro pads to add the labels. Start off with just a couple of opposites – and you will have to work on them for much longer than you think. Lots of scope for language work, group work, and general fun.

  • Riann

    Well I would definitely go for a visual time table having a picture and one word describing it as this helps the student with autism with creating a routine. Use clearly defined displays. do not clutter your class as this confuses the students with autism. Do not place items which may distract the students – such as items hanging from the ceiling. I know it’s not much but I hope my reply has helped you.

  • Jan

    Hello! I would like ideas for classroom displays for children with autism and severe learning difficulties which will be fun to look at and meaningful please! Not too much to ask for?! Fingers crossed