5 steps to get ready for back to school (Part 2)



Not only do they make your classroom brighter and more beautiful, but they can also be a great learning and revising tool for your students. Here I’m going to talk about permanent displays such as ABCs, numbers, routines, classroom language or rules charts and will also delve into temporary posters and those based on themes.

Permanent displays

These are displays that are useful throughout the year. It’s hard work the first couple of years getting them ready, but once you have made or gather a nice collection of them you just need to put them up at the beginning of the year and take them down at the end.

My must-have displays are:

Routine chart. I usually start the class with ‘What’s the weather like?’ You can get a nice one like the one below or just simply make one by laminating cardboard and using velcro. You could also use a plain pocket chart with date and weather flashcards.



Weather flashcards

Weather flashcards 2

Weather flashcards 3


Abc charts. Many coursebooks come with an abc frieze which can sometimes make your life a lot easier. If that’s not your case, or you don’t totally like the one you have, you can just as easily make one with the letters or with letters and pictures.


ABC Train

Letter and picture

ABC Cards

Numbers chart. It’s really helpful to have the numbers and how they are written up and visible on a chart on the wall so that the children can have a look at any time needed.




Number flashcards

Classroom rules. The first day I like to set up the rules in order to avoid conflicts later on. A good way to remind them is to have them around at all times on the wall so that they can easily be ‘refreshed’ when needed. The one below is just one of great displays you can find at www.schoolslinks.co.uk



Classroom rules

Temporary or theme displays

Every time we are dealing with a new theme we can involve our students and make beautiful flashcards and posters about it. If we are reading a story we can make a poster with the characters and the main vocabulary. We can always use the plain pocket chart for it but if we want to have them handy at any time during a certain period of time we might want to consider having a theme corner where some charts are displayed for a while.



Story patterns

Finally, if you aren’t lucky enough to have your own classroom and by the time that you go to teach your English class the walls are already full of stuff the other teacher put up, don’t panic! You can always use the corridor 😉

Did I forget one? What are some of your ‘must-have’ displays? I once knew a teacher that would carry around a ‘How do you say _____?’ sign from class to class…Important indeed!


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