Provide wall space where pupils can hang thoughts, feelings, likes and dislikes that they want to express anonymously. Of course, the teacher will know who has written what. Anything that looks as though it needs to be talked about can form the basis for a circle-time activity or informal class discussion. The children will see that their contributions are valued, and gain more ownership of their classroom environment. Items can be discussed as whole class issues. This supports children who are directly affected and promotes good citizenship and social and moral development.
Head start for NQTs
NQTs can make resources to ensure their classroom is colourful and attractive. Laminate sheets of A4 or A5 (different colours) for the following: months of the year, days of the week, times tables, opening and closing sentences for stories. A5 cards for numbers written in words, figures and dots, adjectives, nouns and verbs.
Imagination is free
Take advantage of the free postcards you find in cafes, gyms and restaurants. They are excellent starting points for creative writing or thinking skills debates.
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