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Top 5 classroom display ideas

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It’s a fact: a brilliant classroom display can transform any classroom into an exciting and engaging learning environment. In fact, the University of Salford found that well-designed primary school displays boost academic performance in maths, reading and writing!

Creating a wow-worthy display for your classroom may seem time-consuming, but there are ways you can quickly create an interactive masterpiece for your pupils. With this in mind, here are some of our favourite classroom display ideas.


1. Use QR codes

Working wall
Linda Hartley, Pinterest

QR codes can (quite literally!) level up your display board. By using a QR Code Generator to create codes for your board’s topic, your pupils can easily visit relevant online material or educational games to enhance their understanding.

For example, Willow’s High School have a QR code on their classroom display that takes pupils to a maths game they can play if they finish their work early.

Anna Mauk from Texas created a video of her pupils acting out new vocabulary words which they can access via a QR code on their ‘Word Wall’ display. This could be easily adapted to other subjects such as maths, with students rapping a multiplication table!

2. Create a working wall

Gary Hall, Maths Working Walls

Working walls are a great way to remind children about key concepts. They can easily be updated as you go through a topic, and are a great way to get pupils actively involved in their learning!

Working walls can easily be created by using whiteboards, sticky notes or large pieces of paper that children are encouraged to write on and add to.

Linda Hartley’s working wall is a great example of one of these in action. For this classroom display, pupils are invited to write their ideas on whiteboards below key questions. 

Meanwhile, Gary Hall’s working wall is all about maths; he writes mathematical questions on sticky notes and the answers below! You could use this idea to write bonus information about a topic for pupils to discover.

3. Inspire your pupils with everyday items 

simplyfutbol.com, Pinterest

displays don’t just have to be about specific topics. Why not use your classroom display to look at how a subject is used outside of school? This is a fantastic way to bring the subject to life and inspire your pupils.

Jessica from ‘What I Have Learned’ uses QR codes to take her pupils to a variety of sources, such as videos and short summaries, to teach her pupils about inspirational figures. 

Or, this ‘math is everywhere’ display uses items such as pizza boxes and shopper bags to demonstrate how maths is all around us!

If this sounds like something you’d like to have a look at in your classroom, be sure to check out our real-world maths resources.

4. Make a proud wall

Kelly Smyth, Pinterest

As well as enhancing what you’ve been learning, display boards are a great opportunity to celebrate your pupils’ hard work.

There are lots of examples of Proud Walls on Pinterest, such as Kate Jones’ red-brick ‘Proud Wall’.

Our favourite design would have to be Kelly Smyth’s board, which (quite literally) shines a light on her pupils’ work

5. Celebrate your Top Doodlers

Finally, why not create a Doodle display? You can use it to celebrate the week’s Top Doodlers in your class!

Doodle creates every child a personalised work programme tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

By automatically covering the areas they’re finding challenging and revising what they already know, it’s proven to prevent learning loss and raise attainment in just six weeks!

Discover how it can benefit your school today by booking a free chat with our team.

Or find out more about Doodle for schools

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