Materials in Year 1- Tattiebogle 3

Materials display

Tattiebogle – a Year 1 materials display

A 3D Display

This is a lovely example of a using three dimensional element on a display to add interest. The scarecrow is stuffed with straw and dressed with a variety of fabrics, papers, buttons and even a feather. The children have also added scraps to their own written work which has also been mounted and put round the display. Photographs of the making of the scarecrow show the children working on him and sorting the materials to be used.

This display was originally sent to me several years ago and formed part of my degree research.

The display in more depth

Let’s explore the detail of the display in more depth.

The green and orange colour scheme works quite well for the subject. I like the choice of dark green backing paper as it shows off both the scarecrow and the photographs.

The mounts on the main board add interest and make the photos stand out. At first it looks like triple mounting but closer examination shows that the white is simple the border round the images. A slight quibble might be that the orange of the mount does not match the display border but sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got! If the school has a policy of using scalloped corrugated borders then we need to work with that.  Displays are not about perfection and sometimes you have to settle for ‘good enough’!

The children’s work has been double mounted using the same colours but reversed and this works really well. The use of the narrow, bright orange mount next to the fairly pale writing brings the writing forward and helps to make it more visible. The green ties it back to the main display, showing us that this work relates to the scarecrow display.  I also like the way the work has been placed, using the lines of the brick wall to keep the work straight.


Just in case you don’t know the book I highly recommend it for key stage 1. It is a wonderful optimistic tale and full of opportunities for learning across the curriculum. The book can link with literacy and PSHE as well as with science. I really think it should be in every Year 1 classroom. Making scarecrows is lots of fun too!