Alright, I have never been one for boring displays, but recently I have become tired of bordered rectangles! Don't get me wrong, I have one or two, but I have been experimenting with different styles.
For my Writing and Maths walls, I just used big sugar paper sheets, wrote the headers on in felt-tip pen, then stuck them on the wall at a jaunty angle! We use Maths Makes Sense, so my Maths wall is split into Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. I just stick and scribble on it when I have something to remind them of!
For writing, I have broken the writing process down into 4 phases: researching the genre (deconstruction, pulling out the features, reading activities to explore), making a plan, writing, editing.
I've also been playing with my new window pens! Take a look on my lotus flower post.
Can't believe how far into the first term we are already! Well, I do have a new classroom but not a new class. For the first time, I am taking my class up to thee next year, into Year 5. I'm already reaping the benefits - it's been so much easier because they already know my rules and routines.
Anyway, here are some pics of my classroom after the first couple of weeks.
I've tried to make it a bit more grown-up now they are in Year 5 and I wanted it to look very different to last year. The poor kids are stuck with the same teacher, least I could do was give them new decor!
For my reading area, I found the covers from books we have read together or that I thought the children may like, stuck them onto backing paper (too lazy to staple each to the wall!) and voila!
Our 'swap shop', where children can bring in books from home that they are finished with and swap them. A great way to encourage them to read by refreshing their home library for free! Here's the file for the sign:
Hi! I'm Mrs P: passionate primary school teacher!