I am just in the midst of finishing my book on Early Years Display and thought I would share this lovely display idea that I came across at Ladybrook Primary School in Bramhall. There is actually lots to share from my visit to Ladybrook (they did lots of lovely stuff) but the display will have to do for now!
I have written before about the idea of a 'scrap book' display that is an ongoing organic display that highlights children's achievements, preferences and attainment.
At Ladybrook they had a version of this in both Nursery and Reception
This is Reception. A large display board has been divided up so that each child gets a large(ish) square.
The whole thing was really well thought out from the backing paper to the mounts that the photographs were on.
The display starts with a photo of the child and their 'significant others'. These are permanent features.
The squares are then enhanced with examples of children's work and creations. Adults then annotate the work that is on display.
As this changes the examples and the annotations could go straight into a child's learning journey as evidence.
The speech bubbles record what the children were saying, so that gives a nice bit of context to the display.
This is what it looked like from a distance.
There was SO much information on it about learning, attainment, children's preferences, skill development. It was a very informative read.
This is the Nursery version of the same idea.
There were a huge variation in the creations that children had chosen to display from up-cycled models to stick art - nice!
Sometimes when settings are thinking about stripping back some of the colour everything ends up being a bit too 'beige' and a great deal of impact can be lost. In the infamous words of one Headteacher
'They used to have a lovely room and now they have made it look like a morgue!'
Well, there is nothing deathly about this space. It is ace!
Thanks to the lovely ladies and Ladybrook for sharing.
Remember, less is more NOT less is morgue!
(think I have just come up with a new catchphrase!)