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While spending time with schools over the last year, I'm delighted to see so many brilliant Working Walls in use. They are innovative and interactive - take a look at a few examples:
The teacher has pre-prepared speech bubbles and photographs of all of his class - so that any good work, questioning, comments allows him to bring the children's photographs on the speech bubbles into the wall so that they become part of the display - good for self-esteem. The wall is a combination of teacher and children's work and there is a reminder of Maths targets.
The first of 2 variations on a theme based on case study work in York. Reception practitioners add something new to the display every two/three days and the children are encouraged to say what it is. Sentences can then be written up by the practitioner or the children on the mini-whiteboards.
A second variation on a theme based on case study work in York. This and the first variation are available on the WhatWorksWell website (even 'though this website has now been 'archived' as part of the defunct National Primary Strategy).
Based on existing practice from the EYFS document - the children place photographs on the bus - either upstairs or downstairs and this leads to opportunities to create number stories based on the bus's journey - e.g. how many children are upstairs now? how many are downstairs now? how many children are on the bus altogether? By adding a bus queue in front (e.g. use of the old plastic Logic people) the children can pretend to be waiting for the bus in the queue, get on the bus (taking away one person from the queue) and adding their photograph to the bus - leading to valuable use of language like one more/one less
Greengates Primary - Upper KS2 - Maths Working Wall - The W.A.G.O.L.L. (What A Good One Looks Like) needs to be absolutely clear as to why it has been chosen to demonstrate good practice. Inclusion of 'Steps to Success' written on 'shoe' cut-outs by the children & calculation approaches are displayed on the left of the wall to ensure a consistency of approach across school.
Oakworth Primary - Year 1 - Literacy - A clear purpose and audience for the wall - creating a book for others to read. The wall also includes Drama/Role Play photographs and the Teaching and Learning sequence is clear - going from left to right.
A real-life, contextualised Maths teaching and learning sequence involving money, measures and problem-solving - i.e. making bird-feed to feed the birds in Winter. Vocabulary is on individual cards so that it can be easily accessed and discussed. The character,George,is there as an audience for the children - they are undertaking the work, but also helping George at the same time. The wall also 'ties in' with the theme of 'Growing things'.
Not a Working Wall, but a character from a recent film. The teacher has 'picked up' on popular culture and included it in her maths. This is Dave the Minion from 'Despicable Me' and he's found an object (i.e. a ruler) but he doesn't know what it is or how to use it. Can the children help him? (helps to develop Success Criteria for measuring).
A Working Wall adapted from a teacher at Westminster CE primary (Bradford) - the 'basics' are displayed across the top (on hot air balloons), the audience & purpose are diplayed (on clouds), the teaching & learning sequence is displayed across the rainbow and the children's work will be displayed under the rainbow.