Results from a study into how physical environments can impact pupil learning conducted by the University of Salford found that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in maths, reading and writing.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some of our favourite interactive classroom display ideas!
1. The magic of QR codes
QR codes can (quite literally!) level-up your display board. Willow’s High School have a QR code on their mathematical display (image to the right) which takes pupils to a maths game they can play if they finish their work early.
If you’re feeling creative, QR codes are a great way to let your creativity shine. 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 maths, perhaps with students rapping a multiplication table!
QR codes are really easy to create – check out this QR code generator to get started.
2. Working walls
Working walls are a great way to remind children of key mathematical concepts.
Check out Linda Hartley’s working wall, where pupils write their ideas on whiteboards below key questions. Boards like this can be easily updated and are a great way to get pupils involved.
Sticky-notes are another way to encourage pupils to find out more. Gary Hall created a ‘Using and Applying’ working wall (image to the right) for his classroom, where he writes mathematical questions and answers or information on sticky-notes below. You could even write bonus information underneath the notes for pupils to discover!
3. Inspiring displays
Looking at how maths is used outside of the classroom is a fantastic way to bring the subject to life.
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 learn about inspirational figures. You could do the same to learn about mathematicians who changed the world.
Or, why not celebrate how maths is all around us and is used in everyday life? Check out this ‘math is everywhere’ display (image to the right), which uses everyday items such as pizza boxes and shopper bags to demonstrate how maths is all around us!
4. Proud walls
As well as enhancing what you’ve been learning, display boards can be used to celebrate your pupils’ hard work in maths.
5. Celebrate Top Doodlers
For a ready-made interactive display, why not print out our free DoodleMaths display? You can use it to celebrate the week’s Top Doodlers in your class!