Below are examples of class 6A and class 6W's Learning Wall on the topic of Winston Churchill & Adolf Hitler. Half of the class worked on the life of Winston Churchill, whilst the other half worked on the life of Adolf Hitler.The pictures were taken using the Panorama option, which became available with the latest update to iOS 6.
Other examples of our Learning Walls can be found on our pupils' blog (http://learning-walls.posterous.com/).
How it works
Over the summer stationery supplies were restocked in terms of pins, staplers, backing paper etc and the wall spaces were labelled with pupil names. Upon returning to school in September children were given a reminder of the purpose of the wall and a brief instruction session with the paper cutter. The first week back saw the completion of the first set of pupil spaces on the wall, and over the course of the first half term the content for most children has changed an additional four times. Once work has been completed it is displayed on the wall and previous work is taken down and kept in a scrapbook, having been photographed and displayed on the pupil’s own blog space.The children manage the wall completely and decide on content, layout and any additional or interactive elements. The wall remains the first point of display for a large proportion of work produced in class. Post-it notes are used by pupils and staff to provide constructive comments and feedback.
|The Pupils hard at work on their wall space.|
Each pupil has their own unique QR Code, which links to their own blog space on the Year 6 blog. An app called QRafter Pro was used to create the QR Codes. This code was mailed then printed off. Each time a pupil has posted work to their blog space, which is relevant to the theme of the wall, the pupil can use a QR Code on their learning wall space. The pupils are invited to visit each others wall space and scan the QR Codes using Scan app and leave comments about the post on their blog space. If a comment has been left, the pupils are encourage to reply.
|A parent scanning a QR Code on Parents' Evening|
It has been important to stress to pupils, parents and school staff that the pupils are responsible for the content displayed on their own wall space. In many ways the wall has become an interactive learning tool as well as a place to showcase work. The pupils are very aware that if high standards are not maintained that this will be pointed out by any number of visitors to their wall.
|Parents were invited to leave comments during Parents' Evening|
It is too early in the school year to reflect on any tangible impact although many of the children have tidied up on their clerical skills and begun to double check facts before “posting” to the wall. When Mrs Sellers pointed out to one pupil that Hitler never did invade Australia it quickly became apparent that a wider audience brings with it greater demands and closer scrutiny. In terms of demonstrating how valuable a pupil blog can be, the learning wall has already done its job. We hope to continue working in this way throughout the year, exploring the possibilities and impact of blogging both on paper in the classroom, and online.
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