My pictures

* Warning - this post may not interest everyone - its school stuff* :o)

Well I have been meaning to post pictures of my classroom for ages as I feel it is so different to my classroom back in Australia. Here, resources for decorating the room and making displays are endless, whereas at home the budget is somewhat limited in that area and there are other things you would rather spend you money on. Plus there is lots of wall space to put displays on too!

Most of these resources I either made or sourced from the internet, but you can clearly see the handmade compared to properly made :o)

Here is some pictures of the room setup-

Our Interactive whiteboard -

These things are a godsend and they are I'm pretty sure in the state schools compulsory over here. You can do so much with them!
Our Superstars Board -

Each week I choose some children to go on our board who have done something great and they get a special certificate from me also. Makes them feel special to have their picture up all week.

Traffic Light Chatter Tracker -

This is used to help monitor the noise level sometimes if we are listening to music while working, if they get too loud I will stop the music.

Our Literacy, Maths and Research groups boards -

And my displays - the only half creative things I have been doing since arriving overseas.

Our Birthday Board -

Similar to what I did in my classroom at home.

Tidy up Time board -

This has all the classroom jobs on it and who the monitors are. The kids always know there special jobs for the week.

Fruit time -

In the schools here, expecially lower down the school, fruit is provided. This board tells what fruit for the day and who the monitor is.

The Great Fire Of London -

During the first term this was our first topic, children really enjoyed it. And we went on a cool trip to Pudding Lane where the fire started and had a guided tour around the area learning about what it would have been like during the great fire.

Our Role Play areas -

I try to change these every term.

First area was the fire station - because we were learning about the Great Fire of London. The children had fire costumes they could change into and act out being firemen/women.

Second area was the Bus Station - because our topic was vehicles and forces.

The bus station has been a huge success with the kids especially with the Oyster cards and oyster readers (for those that dont know these are the travel cards used in transport over London).

Remembrance Day -

I decided to do an afternoon of Remembrance Day activities with the children, because although the school was selling poppies, the children had no idea why they were buying them. I discussed why we had the silence on Remembrance Day and even played for them the 'Last Post'. They made poppies from 4 cut out hearts then made these cool silhouette pictures. For 6 year olds they did a fantastic job!

Our Favourite Book -

Our door display of our classes favourite book, A Tiger who came to Tea.

Animal Poems -

This was a display in the hall way in the school of the childrens poems from book week.

So there you go, thats a glimpse into my classroom, I love it! Although making displays is time consuming, and not something for all teachers. I find it gives my classroom a really lovely feeling and its nice for the kids and visitors to see all their hard work on display - something for them to be proud of :o)

Raquel xox


Anonymous said...

You are very artistic Raquel. I am sure that you get a lot of pleasure out of decorating your classroom.Hope you had a good week away. & you are not too cold.Catch your next posting. Love Grandma.

Debbie said...

Thanks for your message on my blog Raquel, I'm ok...thanks for your concern. I really can't say what the changes were, sorry for being cryptic :) It will just cause more issues if I do. I am happy and ok.
Hope you are too. So when are you coming home???? :)

Anonymous said...

dear raquel, i have only just now seen your latest update on your classroom. you should be very proud of yourself & the effort you have gone to. you have a group of very lucky kids. love always aunty rhonda.