Gaywood pupils gets inspired

Gaywood Community Primary School, Decorated classrooms as learning themes.'Year 4 pupils in the Rainforest, LtoR, Andrei Costache, Lily Stebbings, Ella Hanson, Harvey Isle. ANL-150114-200713009

Gaywood Community Primary School, Decorated classrooms as learning themes.'Year 4 pupils in the Rainforest, LtoR, Andrei Costache, Lily Stebbings, Ella Hanson, Harvey Isle. ANL-150114-200713009

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Rainforests, igloos and a well-known children’s book are among the things that are helping to inspire children at a Lynn primary school this term.

The termly themes have been a feature of the curriculum at Gaywood Community Primary School for more than three years now and even extend to decorating individual classrooms to reflect the chosen topic.

Gaywood Community Primary School, Decorated classrooms as learning themes.'Year 1 class pupils with the Where's Wally display ANL-150114-200808009

Gaywood Community Primary School, Decorated classrooms as learning themes.'Year 1 class pupils with the Where's Wally display ANL-150114-200808009

Deputy headteacher Louise Saines said the themed classrooms are all about learning in a way children are going to remember and enjoy.

She said: “The children really like to get involved with the themed classrooms and find it highly useful when referring back to what they’ve been taught over the term.”

This term, classrooms have been decorated to depict an igloo and the rainforest to reflect individual classes’ themes, while others have displays based on the Where’s Wally book and the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

The displays reflect the classes’ specific themes for the term, which Mrs Saines said is meant to be a more interesting way of teaching and setting work for pupils.

In previous years, topics have weather spells to specific locations across the world.

Mrs Saines added that the themes take up to three weeks to create, so it is important to the school that the themes don’t take up all of the school day.

She said it also gives the children “something to look forward to” towards the end of each term.