In the U.K., Key Stage 2 is the name given to the National Curriculum that is taught in primary schools to students in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. At KS2 level, class displays can be used to reflect learning in a wide range of subjects and give students an opportunity to contribute to the classroom environment.
Other People Are Reading
Use displays to promote and enhance literacy in the classroom. Include summaries and character descriptions of books that students have read. Aid student's vocabulary knowledge by having a glossary or word wall display that students can refer to when confronted with a strange word and that can be updated when students encounter new words. As the National Curriculum also requires that students are exposed to a range of nonfiction texts, ask students to bring in clippings of interesting stories from newspapers and magazines to display. Also be sure to include samples of student poems and stories on an English display.
Math and Science
For math, an interactive display that children can use during a lesson is ideal for a classroom. In division, for example, create a display that shows children how to complete a division question and has an example for students to try. In line with the curriculum requirements, ask students to display examples of symmetrical patterns, curve stitching or different types of angles. Link science displays to particular topics, like rocks. Instruct students to experiment with chalk and pencil to draw different types of rocks. Create definition cards for keywords, like sedimentary, with the definition on the reverse.
For the humanities, create a display that shows life in the medieval manor or a factory during the Industrial Revolution. Alternatively, research the history of your town and decorate a display with old photographs and maps. For geography, create a word wall with key vocabulary, like "transport" and "temperature." You can also create displays that show students different climates around the world, such as deserts and rainforest, and include maps showing their location, images of native flora and fauna and information about the types of people who live there.
Art and Music
At KS2 level, students should be exposed to art from world cultures so you may wish to focus exclusively on one country, like Spain, and furnish a display with student reproductions of Spanish works of art, like those of Picasso. You could also include personal reflections of famous works of art written by students on a display. For music, ask students to draw and label musical instruments from at home and abroad, like the piano and the sitar. Alternatively, instruct students to create their own dance and attach photographs of their performance to a display.
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