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Tips for Creating Inspirational Classroom Displays


Aug 31 2016

Most classrooms will have their walls filled with information including children’s work and any relevant educational display material that can fit within the space available.

It’s important to create inspirational, informative and fun display boards within a classroom to stimulate and engage children.  

It’s not just about where you put the display boards, nor just the subject. It’s about continuous management of the classroom display board along with subject changes.

Classroom display boards are there to help everyday teaching, provide children with inspirational and educational information, showcase children’s work and brighten up your classroom wall.

Display materials can include useful direct teaching aids that enrich or reinforce the subject being taught. They will simply bring the subjects to life.

With space limited in classroom we have come up with some tips for creating the right kind of educational display board for your classroom. 

Location

The location of your classroom display board is just as important as the information you put on it. Walls are not the only location in a school classroom that are suitable for a classroom display. There are other options available such as:

  • Classroom doors
  • Classroom windows
  • Storage cupboard doors
  • The front panel on the teacher’s desk
  • Mobile display on wheels (can be wheeled away when not in use)
  • Table top display (can be folded down when not in use)

The location needs to be easily visible so that it reaches its full potential. If it is an interactive display board you need to make sure that it’s easy to get to and can be reached by all children. Consider the walk way to the display board and make sure there are no safety concerns or obstructions i.e. furniture in the way or directly behind the door.

Subject

When choosing the subject of your display board there are a number of things you need to think about. It’s likely that your display will be up for the duration of the current term so it’s important you utilise the board to its fullest potential. 

Try to cover the entire topic that you are teaching, it’ll be a waste if the display board only covers a part of the module.

Your display should also be clearly targeted and well thought out. You should consider age, content, colour and, you need to make sure it is visually stimulating.

Some teachers like to keep the theme of the board the same but change the content, this is ok if you’re going to have time to make the changes when you need to. A display board with little or no enthusiasm that has been thrown together in the eleventh hour will have little or no impact.

In the early years, such as foundation stage, KS1 and KS2, it is particularly important to have interaction with the children. Some good display board topics are:

  1. Weather
  2. Seasons
  3. Class rules
  4. Numbers
  5. Letters
  6. Daily tasks
  7. Large display of class work
  8. Performance charts

A stimulating environment makes for a stimulated child - the environment in which a child is in can have a very direct impact on their learning. Children who feel more engaged in their learning environment are known to be more receptive. 

Design 

Decorated classroom walls create a friendly, brighter and more interesting environment which is known to have an effect on children and their enthusiasm to learn.

You don’t want to overdo it, so don’t go plastering the walls, windows and doors, otherwise your classroom will be over stimulating resulting in a negative effect on your class.

When thinking about what affects and influences learning, colour probably isn’t the first thing most people think of. Studies show that warm colours should be used with in classrooms as these colours calm and relax people. However, different colours can have a variety of different effects on mood, temperature, creativity, security and even hunger. For tips on using the right colours for your learning environments read our ‘How Colour Effect Learning’ article.

Keep your display clear, precise and neat. Don’t overload your display board with tons of material.

Suitable Display Products

We have a range of displays products that have been designed with education in mind. We offer a wide selection of noticeboards and display boards which come in a range of sizes and colours, and are designed for different locations and various uses.

Here are just a few of our best-selling school display solutions:

Our Flameshield Unframed Noticeboard is suitable for school corridors or school classrooms. It is fully compliant to Fire Retardant Standard Class (0) so can be used in corridors, escape routes and unsupervised areas. Available in 6 sizes and 4 colours. The unframed noticeboards can be butted together to create one large noticeboard without frame joins. This is perfect for schools as it provides you with plenty of room for large classroom displays.

The Firecover Tamperproof Noticeboards has a lockable door which is ideal for displaying information that you do not want tampering with. Perfect for use in schools as it keeps important information out of reach. Available in 5 sizes and in 4 colours.

Our Mobile Pinboard Display Screen is ideal for creating displays which do not need to be out all the time. It can be wheeled away to another classroom or to a storage cupboard if not needed. Ideal for use as a teaching aid or temporary display in schools. It can also be used for school presentations or open days.

Table Top School Display Boards are perfect for use in classrooms where space is limited. It can be placed on the teacher’s desk and used as an interactive display board, and then folded down into the carry bag and stored away when not in use. The unique recessed side of the school display board allows you to leave the information in place even when folded away. This will save time when setting up the next time it is needed. 

Our popular 6 Panel Folding School Display Board provides a large display area with the flexibility of being able to fold it away when it is not in use.

Complete with a carry bag this large display board kit is ideal for use in school classrooms, school receptions and school halls for opens days or events. 

A larger and more modular display board system that is popular within schools is our 6 Panel and Pole School Presentation Boards. If offers absolute flexibility and can be used as a 6 panel display board kit, or scaled down and used with just 1 panel. The modular display board kit comes with poles, bases and boards which can be used in either landscape or portrait configuration. This popular system can be added to at a later date if you need a larger display board.

If you need any advice or any assistance in choosing the right noticeboard or school display board for your display requirements, contact us or call us on 01733 511121.

We offer free delivery on all orders placed, and there is an immediate 30 day credit account available to all public sector schools.

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