How to Create the Perfect Display
First and foremost, I always like to organise my ideas and set up my essentials for creating my display area.
After some research into the importance of colours in the classroom, I now tend to choose mostly light blue and green for my display backgrounds, but I also like to use yellow and light purple for variety.
As I aim for my display paper to stay up for the year (unless it gets grubby), I like to use aironfix to keep it firmly in place. It is amazing! This transparent adhesive is key to keeping up your display all year round, and when needs be it comes off easily when you give it a tug. I just use it on the top of edge of the display paper and in selected areas.
If you don’t have this handy, the next best thing is a good stapler.
Now once it is up, don’t worry if your edges aren’t perfect, this is where your boarder comes to the rescue.One of my pet peeves is a display that has been thrown up with little to no thought or care.It literally takes an extra 5 minutes, at most, to ensure your boarders are straight. Once they are, you are good to go 🙂
Top Tip: Prittstick is your best friend when it comes to sticking up your boarders. Trust me on this!Not only is it quick and effective, it stays up all year round, AND when it comes to changing it up, you can just peel it off and reuse if desired.
Not only is this your new best friend, it will give you that polished finish unlike those horrid cork bord pins :O Please, if you take away anything from this post, you will never use a cork bord pin for holding up your boarders. It looks sloppy and unprofessional. If you can’t use prittstick for what ever reason, you should use a stapler as your next choice.
Top Tip: If you don’t have a boarder you particularly want, don’t give up, improvise.
I really wanted a polka dot boarder for my focus wall, but I didn’t have one, nor could I find any. So I used my initiative and made my own with these APLI stickers I found in my art drawers. Perfect!
Once your boarders are up, you can have fun with your display. Make it as interactive or imaginative as you like, keeping in mind the age group of your class and their interests.
Top Tip: Glued pegs onto the writing task areas make for a much easier and hassle free mounting space:)
Here is the most recent update of our S.E.S.E learning wall.
As you can see, I kept the backing and boarders the same ( I did replace the backing paper in February, as it got a bit grotty) but thanks to my good ole pal Mr Prittstick, I was able to re use the boarder.
I also added the coloured card as a mount for their writing pieces, which have been accompanied by cute pegs, as mentioned in my top tip above. These allow me to put up and take down their work in the space of 2 minutes! No more pulling blue tack on and off the wall 🙂
There you have it 🙂 Happy Teaching!
Múinteoir Amy 🙂