Christmas


What do you get someone who makes classroom displays for Christmas? 3

Staple Remover

Speaking as a maker of classroom displays this has to be one of my favourite ever Christmas gifts! The best tool in the world for removing staples from wall displays. It beats all the other versions and is infinitely better than a pair of scissors. Even if it slips it won’t hurt you. The staples stay on it and don’t fall on the floor.
Ideal stocking filler for all makers of classroom displays.
If you were feeling really generous you might splash out on a really good book as well. Have a look at our Bookshop for inspiration.

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John likes this one and I have to say it looks like it would do the job!
Staple remover


Christmas Classroom Displays – Angels

Christmas angels – Peace on earth, originally uploaded by perfect_circle80.

I am about to vanish for a couple of days holiday but I couldn’t resist this one before I go. Amazing what you can do with shiny paints, sequin waste, old wrapping paper and paper doilies! These angels would brighten up any classroom and couldn’t be simpler.


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.


Handy Santas and Angels – quick Christmas card classroom displays

handysantas

Perfectcircle says:

These were done with hand prints. the heel and thumb painted red, and the fingers white. Messy, but fun!

I think they are great fun 🙂 and I’m sure the kids did too. They also provide a jolly, almost instant Christmas display.

Here’s another gem from the same classroom:

handyangels1

These are so simple to do – everyone does one hand print in the middle, washes hands, then both hands into lovely gold paint (I think I’d be tempted to add some glitter 🙂 ). Leave to dry then decorate as desired. They’d be nice hanging from a washing line too. Talking of washing lines…..

Just to finish off, from the classroom of an old friend, how about these?

puddingcards


Classroom Displays for Thanksgiving or Christmas

TurkeyDisplay

Most classroom displays for Thanksgiving are too specific to be easily adapted for use in the UK classroom. This one, from the usually brilliant MrsF, is an exception. I think the disguised turkeys are great fun. There’s lots of opportunity for text rich learning and creativity.

This display could easily be used for just about any primary age group. This is in a kindergarten classroom but I can imagine it giving Year 6 a great deal of fun! Celebrity turkeys perhaps? 🙂 The Simpsons as turkeys? The placard writing could be extended as well, the turkeys could write an alternative Christmas recipe book perhaps.

Of course it doesn’t have to be in the classroom. Displays like this work well in the hall and that means that several year groups can combine their work. There’s lots here for creative teachers and classes to work on and it’s a bit more original than some more obvious Christmas classroom displays.

I will be doing a number of posts on classroom displays for Christmas over the next few days.