Display Tips for Your Classroom
September 1, 2015
The summer is drawing to an end and we’re suddenly panic planning our classroom for the new school term. So what better way to put your children at ease than to create a lovely eye catching display - Something fun and friendly that will stimulate ideas.
Why do we even have displays?
A good classroom or nursery display will arouse curiosity within a child and create a visually stimulating learning environment.
Displays are a way of passing on information and showing off good pieces of work, which in turn encourages children to create something that they aspire to see on the wall themselves.
If a child has helped in some way towards creating the display then they will be proud of their achievement and want to show it to their parents and friends.
But what colours?
Depending on your setting you may have different display guidelines. Often we find that nurseries will make bright and colourful displays, whilst older schools will opt for something more neutral. But of course, it all comes down to your personal preference. Teacher knows best!
For best results, choose one of the following schemes.
- Tonal - use just one colour but varying tones of it throughout a display or use more than one colour but all with the same depth of tone.
- Harmonious - pick colours next to each other or near each other on the colour wheel. These schemes generally give a look that's easy to be around and are tranquil and restful.
- Complementary - or 'contrasting' colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours generally inject some life into a display as they are more daring and will make an impact.
Let's not forget interactive displays!
A set-up that invites children to touch and handle the items on display will always be popular, you can even request that they add their own items from home. Creating a table with a range of magnets and different items to try them out on is a good idea, or for an electricity related display you could set up a small circuit and light bulb. How about a selection of feely boxes where the child puts their hand in a hole in an attempt to guess what’s inside?
Winter Table Display
Don’t forget about the ceiling! You can hang work across the classroom on washing lines if you haven’t got enough wall space and the occasional fabric drape is effective in drawing the eye towards pieces of work.
Whatever display you choose to do - remember, drawing pins first, staples later! Give yourself room to make mistakes and see what works best. Good luck!
Making Coloured Sand!
June 5, 2015
We know you can buy your own - we do a lovely range! - but there is something amazing about making you sand change colour! As well as being fabulous fun it ticks lots of curriculum boxes!
Take those bright sidewalk chalks , grate and add to sand and make some great colours. All you need to a pack of chalk and a grater - great for teaching safety
Simply grate the chalk into the sand and mix to create coloured sand. Try with dry and wet sand to see the different effect s you can get. Add various chalk colours to investigate colour mixing.
Use Powder Paint!
Powder paint works really well to make a strong vibrant sand colour. Here we have used a fluorescent powder to get a really bright blue colour.
Simply add to the sand and mix! Once you have coloured why not add water and try painting with it - it makes a great textured paint to use with fingers!
But what next?
The coloured sand was fun, did exactly what was expected but then one of our bright little B's thought what about GLITTER??? This was great fun we mixed in gold glitter and happened upon a brilliant sea scene that then turned it a pirate treasure small world! What other things could be mix with the sand or create - lets us know your ideas and we will give them a go...Join us on our next blog to see the what else we did with our sand and rollers, cutters and scrappers.
Brighton Festival Children's Parade 2015
May 5, 2015
Another great Children's Parade to kick off the Brighton Festival. Schools and organisations from across Brighton embraced the theme of "Flight" and created amazing withy sculptures to parade the streets of Brighton with. Big shout out to Same Sky for organising such an inspiring event again!
Make you own Dragon for St. George to slay!
April 24, 2015
Check out our great Flipagram for creating a wonderful paper cup dragon and accompanying Knight to slay him!
- Read and simple story of St. Georges and then ask the children to re-enact it (Great for British Values!)
St. George's Day - Celebrate the patron Saint of England!
April 21, 2015
Amazing facts about St. George - the patron Saint of England. Craft activities to link to St. Georges and the EYFS framework
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