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How can the classroom environment be used to stimulate learning?

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Created on 20 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 03 August 2011 by ncetm_administrator


What is a good learning environment to promote mathematical learning??

Most classroom walls are used for a range of displays to support or display children’s learning. These displays can be classified into three groups:

Permanent displays

For example:
  • number lines
  • number squares
  • shapes
  • puzzle posters

Semi-temporary displays

For example:
  • children's work
  • topic-related pictures

Temporary displays

For example:
  • learning objectives
  • vocabulary
  • notes from the current ideas children are working on
  • examples of good recording


  • Take a look around your own classroom at the displays which pertain to mathematics learning
  • Modify the examples of displays given above - remove the ones that don’t apply to your room, add new ones that are not listed here. You may wish to extend your research to other classrooms and other areas of the school
  • Consider the purposes of each type of display in terms of children’s developing mathematical understanding.

Below are some examples of exciting mathematical displays.
Which category of display would each of them fit into?
How could they be USED as part of a lesson to enhance understanding? 
Choose one that you could show the children in your class to stimulate discussion.
How could the mathematical displays in your school be used to support understanding?
Do you ever go into colleagues’ classes to look at and learn from their mathematical displays?

Record your thoughts on the use of maths displays in your Maths Subject Leader folder.

Consider what action you could take to further promote their use in your school.





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03 August 2011 09:47
We have taken the link off for now as the resources were on an old DCFS website which is no longer available. We are looking into other methods of providing other suitable examples. Thank you for alerting us to this.
02 August 2011 15:59
As the standards site is now not functional, is there another way to look at the examples which used to be on the 'What works well' website?
By sttaylork
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