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Monet Classroom Displays

Willow Class have created a monster Monet but sadly all I have for you are these lovely poppies!

Update – sad to say the Monet Monster has been deleted but you can still read about their project.

Over on their brand new blog Willow Warblers this year 6  class from St Andrew’s Primary School Yetminster have posted this gorgeous Monet classroom display. They say:

We have been learning about a Victorian Artist – Claude Monet. We investigated his style of impressionism and created a huge painting in his style. Each of us had a section of his painting “Water lily pond with water irises” which we scaled up. This was then put back together again et Voilà.
Why not pop over there and tell them how wonderful their work really is, and while you are there you can watch their video about it too!

Using targets in displays

The Learning Environment Blog is a new blog based in 4 Primary Schools in York. They are looking at using displays to promote children’s awareness of their targets.

Classroom Curricular Target Displays

This target display from Y2 at Tang Hall Primary provides a constant reminder for the class.

The school’s curricular targets are differentiated for each yeargroup so that all children are working to achieve appropriate, age-related expectations.
Targets are clearly displayed in each classroom, so that children are aware of what they are working towards.

I find this particularly interesting as one of the critisisms of my school in the recent OFSTED report was exactly that! When questioned outside the classroom context none of the children asked had a clue what their targets were. Can displays make the difference? It seems unlikely as every classroom in my school has targets prominantly displayed both on walls and in children’s books.

Can a teacher (or more likely TA!) produced display like this actually involve the children enough to make sure they take ownership of their own learning and targets ? I’m unconvinced.