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24/07/14

In her latest blog, Sophie stresses the importance of using a working wall and how you can use it when you are supply teacher. 

I want to highlight the importance of using a working wall. I am currently working in a school where this is a big part of their improvement and it is such a fantastic tool for the children to use. It allows them to access their knowledge as they have understanding of what the learning is. It is so wonderful to see the children reading from the wall and taking their learning in. It also allows them to have word banks and use a variety of vocabulary words in order to improve their own learning. The learning is not set out for them but they simply have a scaffold of how to handle each individual task.

Working walls allow teachers to change the scene regularly in order to make it relevant for the learning. I think this a great idea rather than having display walls that they will look at once and then never refer to it again. A working wall will have some preparation but you can get the children involved by giving them control and their ideas will be put on the wall. It is a way of showing the children’s work but also giving it meaning by linking their learning to this work and continuing the development.

The children can become part of the display. This really builds self-esteem and helps give them something to relate to with their learning. They can be reminded of their targets and keep a clear focus in their writing. If children are more able to succeed as they have had this resource then it will make a huge impact on achievement. This in turn will also keep the children believing in their own ability and have a different way of handling a task with a clear attitude.

If you are on supply it is easy to create one of these walls even on a whiteboard by having some points of the success criteria, a word bank of vocabulary and generally pointers to help the children cope with the lesson. You can also have little tasks on this wall for the children to have a go at or something for them to think about. This way a working wall will continue to help the children improve and they will make progress in their own learning. Working walls can show a learning sequence and the success criteria; the children have a clearer idea on where they are heading with their learning and they know where they are going next. So if you are on a longer term supply or even for a week where you can focus on a topic this is a great tool to use. Have a look online there are so many schools which have adapted this learning resource and some great examples to explore.

Sophie is a primary teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie has become a regular blogger for Protocol Education and she covers a wide range of topics.

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