I have trialed this a few times before and it works well, but haven't brought it into my current school as yet...
#Graffitilearning is a simple idea children really enjoy, perhaps because they can perceive it as something a bit 'naughty'.
The premise is simple.
You need a wall (one that people can see including parents/families), some chalk, a waterproof tub and the optional use of one of my favourite outdoor learning resources: Blackboard Paint.
Choose your wall, paint it with the blackboard paint if you wish, put out the chalks in the watertight container, explain the protocols and practices to the children and you are ready!
This wall is for sharing learning and nothing more.
- Did Y6 crack fraction by fraction division? They can write how and give an example.
- Did Y3 crack the placement of fronted adverbial phrases? Write one and underline it
- Have your class been learning a British History timeline? They can draw it here.
- "Mr W., I know Roman Numerals now..." Write them on the wall.
I have not only encouraged children to share vocabulary like a glossary, mathematical methods, key facts, but also labelled diagrams, flow charts and lists.
And that's it...
The information on the wall grows over the week or the half term, it tends to clean itself with a bit of weather, but is easy to clean if not, just a child and a bucket of water!
Other members of the school community can have a hand in it too, teachers, governors, siblings and parents can note comments (positive preferably), corrections and questions on the wall and suddenly everyone is involved in the learning.
It should be a free access space that all children are entitled to use. I have never yet had issues with children being anything other than respectful of each other's work. In fact seeing someone in Y5 help a Y1 with their spelling can be nothing but a positive action for everyone.
- This could be done on black paper on a wall in class, or with WB pens on a window or glass door.
- If you'd rather keep it inside rather than outside, then a board in a corridor or the hall could work well, just use liquid chalk pens to save the dust and mess!
- Each class could have their own space, depending on how many classes you have vs the amount of space available.
- It could be focused on a particular subject area or theme as your school priorities dictate. Are you having issues with SPaG or focused on Multiplication Tables?
- Need everyone to see what you are doing about it? #graffitilearning
When it comes to showing progression across the school, perhaps the writing really is on the wall!