Tuesday, 21 August 2018

2018-19 Classroom Tour

This week has been spent setting up my Year 1 classroom in-between lots of meetings and training sessions. The classroom is initially set up as a play-based environment and will become more formalised as the year progresses. There are still some bits I want to do to finish off my room, but this is how it will be looking on the first day of school.
As you enter the classroom I have a shelf for the kids to put all of their things - water bottles, folders, hats and sunscreen. I also keep my whiteboards and pens on this shelf so that they are easily accessible during carpet-time sessions.
I've just got a brand new carpet which I'm in love with. I love how bright and colourful it is. Around my carpet area I have all of the key things I will use for teaching every day - number and letter formation rhymes, writing goals poster, our WALT puppet and my flipchart.
My reading area is still a work in progress but it's not looking too bad. I have my comfy sofa which the kids love and some donut cushions for the children to sit on. I also have a range of fiction and non-fiction books as well as some levelled books that the children can read independently. I also have some phonics games and clipboards to enhance writing opportunities. I'm looking forward to developing this area more.
My writing area is also a work in progress but the basics are already set. I like to have as many resources as possible in this area to enhance children's desire to write and I use pots of keep it organised and looking attractive. I'm planning to develop this area much more and will do a whole post on my writing area once it is fully developed, but for now I'm pretty happy with it. 
I'm so happy that I got to have the creative area in my classroom as it's always one of my favourite areas. I think you can get so much learning and find out so many interests from this area of the classroom. I set it up similarly to my writing area, with lots of pots to organise resources. I also have a junk modelling area which is always popular. I also have a post about my creative area coming soon.

Next is my construction and maths area. I try to limit the resources in this area and change them up regularly as this is always the area of the classroom that gets the messiest. I have some key maths resources that we will use everyday in maths and a few games that the children can access independently. I also have a maths wall which I display key learning information to support the children on their learning journey. The tuff spot has a maths activitiy in that will change each week depending on our maths focus.

The final area in my classroom is the malleable area. I found we were very limited in the resources we had for this which is disappointing but I am planning to order more. I love having play dough in the classroom, the kids just love it!

I still have a lot of work to do to make my classroom look how I want it, but this is a pretty good start. I'll post more about my classroom set-up as I develop each area. Follow along to see how my classroom changes throughout the year.

What is the favourite area of your classroom? Let me know and share your pics, I love getting inspiration from other teachers!

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