healthy eating

Classroom Displays with a Purpose (or should that be porpoise?)


Originally by Sarah

This is one of those classroom displays that shows a splash of creative thinking goes a long way. Many primary classrooms suffer the curse of the water bottle these days. It’s important that children have access to drinking water but the bottles are a pain. If they are left on the tables there are inevitable spills and putting them on a tray at the side isn’t much better. I like this idea. It’s an elegant solution to the problem and it’s been done in a fun and attractive way. Sarah says:

A good use of shoe holders for water bottles. The children love it!

All of this doesn’t even start to address the issue of whether constant access to water really does have the benefits sometimes claimed for it. There’s a lot of emphasis on water as part of schemes like Brain Gym and I’ve seen some evidence that suggest dyslexics in particular might need extra fluids. One thing is for sure, children on ADHD medication do sometimes get very thirsty.

I do have concerns about all the environmental impact of all those plastic bottles, not to mention worries about the hygiene issues involved in re-using them.

Still this is an interesting and practical way of dealing with the problem and experience suggests that classroom displays with sharks or whales on them are always popular with children. By the way, I do realise it’s not a porpoise but I couldn’t resist the pun 🙂

Healthy Eating Display – A taste of Spain 5

Fruit and Veg – A taste of Spain 1, originally uploaded by LindaH.

This stunning classroom display from Mrs Littman’s Year 5 class at Kingston Primary in Benfleet, Essex won a first prize of £2000 in the Taste of Spain collage competition for UK Primary schools. I strongly suspect a Teaching Assistant might have been very busy with this display 🙂 I hope she had a group helping. It’s amazing what you can do with crepe paper and it’s not nearly as time consuming as you might think.
My own favourite came from Mrs Greisens’ Year 3 class at Warren Road Primary, Orpington in Kent. This came second and won £1000 for the school. It had slightly more obvious pupil involvement I think. Some of the fruit is cut from magazines, other bits have been painted and cut out, then dried stuff has been stuck on top. I love the pictures round the edge of this one of the kids trying all the different fruit.
Fruit and Veg - A taste of Spain 7

There was whole pack of resources to go with this competition. They looked great and would be just the thing to go with Healthy Eating week. I hope they put them online again next year as they are running the competition again in 2008. The standard of displays was not impossibly high and I hope many more schools enter classroom displays next year .

Fruity Friday May 27th 2007

Fruit basket
The World Cancer Research Fund is organising Fruity Friday on 25th May 2007. The idea is a day of fundraising and awareness. It aims to promote the importance of a healthy 5-a-day diet and lifestyle. It emphasises the importance of diet in the fight against cancer.
There’s a free pack for schools, full of suggestions, ideas and lesson plans. If you are outside the UK some of them can be downloaded rather than having to send for the pack.
Via Year Six Teacher blog.

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The Year 3 DT and Science topics link together nicely this half term. In DT the children are exploring and making healthy sandwiches and in Science we are looking at teeth, food groups and the benefits of exercise. This is one of those displays that will develop as the topic goes on. The silver backing allows for easy use of blu tack and means that the display can evolve and change as the topic progresses. Dividing it up into discreet areas helps too.

On a personal note this will probably be my last display at my current school. As of next week I’m moving on. I’ll miss friends and colleagues of course but things must change to improve. I’ve been promised a regular supply of display photos though so there are no worries there!