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  • How Classroom Decor Helps Students Learn

    In an age where education is rapidly evolving, tried and true educational practices are being called into question left and right. An article by the New York Times discussed the effects classroom decor can have on students' learning. The article seemed to suggest that it is negative and that students might find it distracting. It also questioned whether students, particularly kindergarten students, might learn better in an austere environment.

    The NYT article ended with a call to students for their feedback. Overwhelmingly, the students who wrote in said they found it extremely beneficial to have classroom decorations. This comes as no shock to teachers, who every year put painstaking efforts into decorating their classrooms to foster learning. So, how does classroom decor help students learn?

    Improving concentration

    By providing a stimulating environment for students to learn in, teachers are helping their students dial in, even when it is difficult for them to concentrate.

    It stands to reason that students want an engaging and dynamic environment in which they can learn. The same is true of professionals. Many office spaces are transitioning away from traditional cubicles to open floor plans and flow-inducing design. Schools may not have the bean bag chairs and cappuccino machines, but they can have creatively and effectively used wall space.

    Developing a culture of growth

    Emotions go hand-in-hand with education. Letting students be in a place that fosters learning and develops a culture of growth before words are even spoken can greatly affect a student's performance. A great way to accomplish this is by putting educational material on your walls.

    Now this may be obvious for chemistry teachers to have the periodic table, or anatomy teachers to have bone diagrams, but it’s not exclusive. Subjects across the board can make the classroom an environment that fosters education simply through posters on the wall. So, while pretty background colors, and scalloped borders are nice, consider adding in some curriculum specific content on your walls.

    Creating an engaging learning environment 

    The posters, pictures, decorations, and reminders tacked onto classroom walls around the world help to keep students engaged. They serve as a way to passively educate with informational posters, and to enforce rules and guidelines like lab protocol or classroom expectations.

    Displaying colorful, educational posters in your classroom will help to enhance the learning experience, and ensure your whole class benefits from the engaging environment you’ve created.

     Daydream Education is committed to creating positive, engaging learning environments for all students.

    Improve your classroom decor today with our educational school posters.

  • How to Keep Students Safe Online

    K-12 students are using the Internet and social media more than ever before.


    With a wealth of information, games, images and videos readily available, the Internet is an exciting tool that many young people have grown up with from an early age.


    However, the Internet can also pose very real threats to students' safety, that are often overlooked or ignored due to a lack of awareness.


    It is important to educate students and promote online safety throughout schools, so our students can be best prepared to recognise and react appropriately to any dangers they may face online.

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    Ensure students understand digital risks

    Even though young people often have solid digital knowledge of how different sites, applications and technologies work, they may still lack a fundamental understanding of the risks these platforms can present.


    Online bullying, viewing explicit content, inappropriate contact from strangers, grooming and negative digital footprints are just a few of the potential implications of online activity that could negatively affect students.


    By educating all students about digital dangers, they'll be better prepared to deal with situations in which they feel uncomfortable or threatened online.


    Encourage open conversation

    An effective approach to ensuring students' understanding of Internet safety is to have honest discussions about the risks of the digital world, and how they can be combatted through different measures.


    For example:

    • Not sharing personal information online

    • Always being respectful toward others

    • Never accepting friend requests from strangers

    • Knowing what content is and is not suitable to post on social media

    • Practising password safety


    This will help to build a solid foundation of digital literacy skills and safe online behaviors throughout your school.


    A brilliant way to spark these types of open conversations is to display relevant and up-to-date digital safety information in the classroom.


    At Daydream Education, we have just released a brand-new range of Online Safety posters, that will inspire a whole school approach to digital safety.


    Covering vitally important digital safety topics, such as Online Bullying, Sexting and being Share Aware, the wall charts are ideal for promoting awareness and education in all schools.

    Internet safety posters

    Safer Internet Day 2018

    A brilliant upcoming opportunity that can be enjoyed by both teachers and students is Safer Internet Day 2018.


    The global event, held on the 6th February, is designed to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.


    With the motto 'Create Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you', this years' Safer Internet Day is set to be the biggest and best yet.


    With a range of lesson plans and activities available, why not get involved in the conversation?

    It's important that students know how to report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable online.
    Encourage understanding and open conversation of digital risks this Safer Internet Day with our comprehensive Online Safety posters.

  • The Importance of Teaching Computer Science

    In today's digital world, computer science is a critical field of study that offers a limitless amount of opportunities for both academic and technological growth.


    Since the invention of the Internet, the development of new computing technologies has steadily increased, leading to fundamental change in the way we live and work. It's hard to imagine a life without computers, laptops, mobiles and tablets, but without computer science, that's exactly what we'd have.


    As computing technologies continue to rapidly expand and evolve, why are many schools still reluctant to harness the countless benefits of teaching computer science?

    Using computing technologies to solve problems

    Computer science is the #1 source of new wages in the US, with businesses and organisations driving the demand for people with proficiency in computer technology. Gaining a computer science qualification provides a breadth of opportunities in a wide variety of fields, such as information technology, telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, and digital marketing, to name just a few!


    Yet for all the complexities involved in specialist computer science careers, all computer science students will share at least one fundamental and highly transferable skill: the ability to use technology to solve problems.


    Learning about computer science and how to write programs from an early age will teach students to logically think their way through any type of problem. This paves the way for independent thinking and the ability to produce solutions to problems from a new perspective: an extremely useful skill in any career choice.


    Computer science skills needed to power the future

    There is a clear skills shortage in the computer science sector, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled job opportunities.


    At present, only 35 states allow students to count computer science courses toward their high school graduation. According to, 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year, in contrast to 486,686 current open computing jobs nationwide.


    Considering these statistics, it makes sense to prepare our children throughout their K-12 education, with the computing skills they need to succeed in a constantly expanding job market.


    Demystifying computer science

    It's no surprise that many children born in the 21st century have grown up surrounded by an abundance of technology: from smart phones, to video games to social media. Young children also have the innate ability to learn new processes quickly.


    So, shouldn't we utilize the fact that children younger than ever are able to use these products, and teach them about the computer programs behind the technology?


    Although computer science can be a complex and sometimes daunting subject, it would be beneficial to introduce children of all ages to the computer coding basics. In fact, the earlier we teach computer science to our children, the better chance we have of demystifying preconceptions that surround the subject.


    At Daydream Education, we have a range of engaging posters that help to simplify computer science into bite-size chunks of information. Breaking down the intricacies of computer science and helping to nurture students' enthusiasm of the subject from a young age, will result in a greater volume of students pursuing the study of computer science in high school and beyond.




    Computer Science Education Week

    December 4-10, 2017 marks Computer Science Education Week: a brilliant initiative that aims to encourage people of all ages to get involved with computer science.


    Incorporated within this week is The Hour of Code, a global movement that is inspiring tens of millions of people all over the world to take part in a computer science tutorial. No previous experience is needed, and children as young as 4 can get involved.


    The rapid growth of the digital world guarantees that computer science is going to play an ever-increasing role in the technology, economy and careers of the future. Now more than ever, we need to prepare our students for a growing computer science job market and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.


    At Daydream Education, we offer a range of computer science wall posters that help to demystify computer science, break down complex topics and encourage students' enthusiasm. If you would like any more information, feel free to get in touch. 


  • How to Maintain Classroom Management

    Firstly, why is classroom management important?

    • It engages students:  Students who are engaged in lessons will be able to register the information better and be able to apply their knowledge when it comes to sitting tests/exams.
    • It keeps students prepared:  When teachers and students are prepared to learn, lessons and learning will be easier to be administered and the results will be more effective.
    • It boosts confidence:  In an effective classroom, teachers are able to give more attention to each student and structure lesson plans to meet certain needs.  All of these factors will help in boosting the confidence of students.


    Now let’s take a look at what you can do as a teacher to help maintain discipline and management in your classroom.

    • Have rules:  It is important to have a basic set of rules for students to follow. These regulations will help maintain classroom management and discipline. These rules do not have to be anything advanced; they can be as simple as making sure that all students are on time for lesson and what the punishments are if they fail to do so.
    • Make the rules known to parents as well:  Student’s parents should also be aware of the management techniques that you are implementing in the classroom. You should ask parents to go over these rules with the students at home so that everyone is on the same page, and so that students know that their parents expect this behavior from them as well.
    • Be firm and consistent:  When you make your rules to manage your classroom, make sure that they are realistic and void of any inconsistencies. Approach the rules in a positive manner so that students do not associate any negativity with it. Feel free to reward students for their positive behavior when you see that they are contributing to effective classroom management.
    • Be professional:  An effectively managed classroom is conducted with professionalism and adequate structure. Students who are presented with a good authority figure who has a plan and follows it will fit in to the structure nicely.
    • Have a printed packet:  In case you are unable to attend class one day, make sure that you have a printed packet of your classroom management techniques handy for a substitute teacher. Your classroom should be aware that, even in your absence, they should still be able to manage themselves wisely and that all rules still apply. If students show structure and compliance in your absence, it will make both you and your classroom look well-managed and efficient.

    Classroom management is essential, not only for a teacher’s piece of mind and in allowing them proper control over their classroom, but it is crucial for a positive learning environment for students. If you want to keep your students engaged as well as disciplined then it may be a good idea to see what our award-winning poster range has to offer!

  • NCTM Conference 2017

    Visit Craig Moss at Booth 651!

    Daydream Education is thrilled to be at its first NCTM conference showcasing its fantastic range of Math resources.

    Pop along to our stand to find out more about our brand new Math Pocket Poster Study Guides, Math Posters and to benefit from some fantastic show specials!

    Our brand new range of Pocket Poster Study Guides simplify key math topics into bitesize chunks of information to improve students' understanding and boost their confidence. The pocket-sized books are ideal for independent study to help students with homework, revision and classroom-based learning.

    Our math posters are the prefect way of brightening up your classroom environment with colorful and engaging content. The large format posters cover key curriculum topics and offer students' a quick reference point to refresh their knowledge.

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  • New Website Launch!

    After spending a long time in development, with many late evenings and plenty of coffee, we can finally reveal that we will be launching our brand new website!

    As you can see from range of posters, we like to pride ourselves on providing colorful and engaging products, but we also want to ensure that our website is easy on the eye too. This is why our website development team has been working tirelessly to make our website more accessible and user friendly.

    As part of the update, we are add hundreds of new products to the the website. Our products range now covers the following subjects:

    • Computer Science
    • Dance
    • Tech Ed
    • Drama
    • Math
    • Science
    • Psychology
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • French
    • Spanish
    • German

    Over the next few months we will also be adding several new ranges for  Art, Business Studies, Geography and Sociology, so keep an eye for these exciting new developments!

    We understand that the cost of shipping plays a big role in your experience as a customer so we have introduced a new pricing structure that helps reflect this. For orders that come to less than $30, shipping will cost you just $4.95. For orders that come to $30 or more, shipping will cost you $9.95.

    We really hope that you find the new website useful and easy to use. If you have any queries about the site or any of our products in our range then please don't hesitate to email [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you.



    World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading! In fact it's the biggest celebration of its kind; being celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide!

    Here at Daydream, we will be celebrating by dressing up as our favourite book characters!

    The World Book Day website is packed with teaching resources, ideas, competitions and anything else you'll need to make your World Book Day celebrations a success and encourage reading for pleasure all year round.

    To celebrate World Book Day and help inspire the next generation of authors, we are giving away a FREE Story Writing Resource Pack, which includes:

    - Printable Story Writing Poster
    - Story Writing Worksheets
    - Story Writing Writing Frames

    To claim your free poster, simply write "Happy World Book Day" on our Facebook page or tweet us "Happy World Book Day" on Twitter!

    All of our Story Writing Resources above are part of our English Interactive Software. Click here to request your free 30 day trial.

    We hope you have a fantastic World Book Day!

  • Surprising facts your primary school class needs to know about social media


    TECH-SAVVY youngsters are increasingly comfortable with using the internet to discover more about the wider world, share opinions and communicate with their friends and family.

    It is an unavoidable fact of modern life that even very young children have access to a variety of social networks including Twitter, Facebook and the picture-sharing network, Instagram.

    As a teacher, there is no point in wishing for a return to simpler times.

    Whether we like it or not, your pupils are highly likely to have witnessed the online activities of an older sibling or parent – or will possibly even have their own social media profiles. If this is the case, it is vital to keep talking to your class, ensuring that they are armed with the facts and equipped with the knowledge to make sensible decisions when using social networking.

    One in seven people on Earth use Facebook


    Did you know that Facebook was founded in 2004 and now boasts more than 1.4 billion users across the world every single month? That means around one in seven people on Earth use the social network.

    Twitter lets people write ‘posts’ or online messages in 140 characters or less and has around 320 million users per month. That may be less than Facebook but it is still equivalent to around five times the population of the United Kingdom.

    Not everyone is who they say they are

    Even if your class is technically astute, that does not mean they always possess the emotional maturity to identify what is real and what is potentially dangerous.

    Make sure your pupils know that they must never respond to friend requests from people they do not know. Predators can be highly manipulative, even pretending to be a similar age to the child using the social network in order to gain their trust.

    Children must also be aware that they should never meet online ‘friends’ in person.

    Strangers can see your personal details

    Young children do not always appreciate why it is important to avoid posting personal details on the internet. Privacy should be a real concern and your pupils must never share their phone number, address or school on a public forum.

    They would not readily give out such personal information to strangers in the real world but sadly, many youngsters have difficulty in recognising a threat in the digital world.

    Children may be ‘breaking the law’

    Ask your primary school class for a show of hands about who is on Facebook and you may be surprised.

    However, according to Facebook’s own terms, they shouldn’t be on there in the first place. Users must be at least 13 years old to have an account, while children living in South Korea or Spain have to be aged 14. Similar rules apply to Instagram.

    There is always someone to help

    The world of social media may seem like a friendly place until something goes wrong and a child suddenly doesn’t know where to turn.

    Encourage them to tell a trusted adult if anything online makes them feel uncomfortable or under pressure. Many social networks include an alert button which allows users to report inappropriate behaviour such as bullying.

    Safer Internet Day takes place on February 9, 2016. Make sure your class knows how to stay safe online and take a look at our range of Internet Safety posters by clicking here or call us on 0844 800 1660.

  • Are your pupils able to tell the time?

    Can you match these up?

    Telling the time is something that adults find completely second-nature to them. You can do it in an instant, without even thinking. However, many children can find this task quite tricky to learn when starting off – particularly when it comes to the dreaded analogue clock.

    Did you know that just one in seven Britons can only tell the time using a digital watch? Despite this shocking statistic, I suppose it makes sense when we live in a digital world, as the digital format is displayed on all of the devices we use on a daily basis. Why would we need to learn analogue, right?

    The good news is that only last year, telling the time has been included within the 2014 Maths National Curriculum in England. This means that children should have a good understanding of the concepts of time by the time they reach year 4, Primary.

    What should children know, and at what age?

    Year 1 (ages 5-6)

    • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour, and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

    Year 2 (ages 6-7)

    • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
    • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day

    Year 3 (ages 7-8)

    • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numberals from I to XII, as well as knowing 12-hour and 24-hour clocks
    • Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m/p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.

    Year 4 (ages 8-9)

    • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.

    Is there an easy way to learn telling the time?

    Yes, and we thought you’d never ask! Because the topic of telling the time was introduced into the Maths National curriculum last year, we have spent a while developing a time telling app into our latest award-winning primary school maths app, Maths Tutor.

    It includes all aspects of the National Curriculum and is a great tool for teachers and pupils to use in the classroom.

    There are plenty of learning activities, tutorials and fun features to teach children key concepts of telling the time. What’s more, the app can be accessed via an iPad, Android tablet or web browser too which means teachers can either let their class learn individually, or they can make use of an interactive whiteboard for an all-engaging, super- awesome, time telling lesson!

    Is there another way of telling the time?

    Well, according to this Italian man, there is another way of telling the time other than using the conventional digital and analogue formats… but we definitely wouldn’t want to see this in the National Curriculum!

  • Is Home Education the Right Choice?

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    Making the decision to home educate your children is not usually something that can be decided overnight. As with anything these days, there are pros and cons on whatever choice you make. However, by having a solid understanding of the topic should help you make the correct decision for you and your children.

    Interestingly, some home education studies out there suggest that children who are home schooled achieve 30% higher grades in standardised tests than those of their school peers. But are these statistics enough to take the plunge of removing your children out of school and into a home education environment?

    Are there risks to home educating children?


    Of course! But don’t let that be the main reason to dissuade you in making your decision. As a parent, you want to do the best you can for your child, and again - all options need to be drawn out and carefully considered.

    One of the most common fears in home educating your children is that your child will develop social problems and have difficulty integrating into society because they may never experience teamwork-related tasks. For these reasons, parents are afraid that their children may also be more reluctant to yield their opinion or compromise with others later in life, despite having additional communication with a parent at home.

    Despite these fears of a child’s social development, a study carried out in the US showed that 71% of home educated graduates are active in their communities and participate in community projects such as coaching a local team or volunteering at school, compared to just 37% of the general population. They were more engaged and active in politics too, with 76% using their vote compared to just 29% of the corresponding US populace. Perhaps most importantly of all, 59% of home educated adults reported that they were “very happy” with their lives compared to just 28% of the general US population.

    Another potential issue is that parents may not be able to fulfil all aspects of the National Curriculum with their knowledge, especially if home education continues at GCSE and A level. Therefore, it is important to have the right educational resources and support available ready for when you need it (more on that later!). Parents having access to educational facilities you would typically use in school, such as a laboratory for science lessons is also unlikely, meaning that due to this limitation some topics will need to be theory based rather than being in a practical learning environment.

    “But home educating isn't normal!”

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    Anything that is out of the ordinary from what people are used to is bound to lead to debate and apprehension. Home education is no exception from this rule and it does get a bad rap from time to time in the media. However, we shouldn't all jump to conclusions that all children who are home educated miss out on a solid education and become unsociable later in life, as the majority of parents who do a very good job home educating their children. We should also be reminded that the very same thing can be said about teachers too – there are good ones, and some not so good ones out there.

    However, there are still a number of reasons why some parents wish to take charge of their own children’s education, and we should always be respectful of this.

    As an example, some parents may feel strongly enough about one of the following reasons that they wish to home educate their children:-

    • Unsatisfied with the level of teaching in local schools
    • Can provide a better education at home than school
    • Provides specific concentration on a child’s interests and weaknesses
    • Noticed behavioural change in school, compared to home
    • Increased family time & strengthening the parent-child relationship
    • National Curriculum does not fall in line with the family’s beliefs on education

    Here are some official stats from the U.S Department of Education

    Does the education system work for you?


    This is often a question parents ask themselves in their decision to home educate. We have all seen the school performance tables that are announced each year, which suggests that schools are being pressured to put a big focus on testing their pupils regularly. This again has brought about much debate as some believe that the structure in place is excessive, and regular testing does not provide pupils with a quality understanding of key curriculum topics.

    Everyone is different to how they learn and take in new information. This means that in each classroom there are different learning styles to adhere to, and some would argue that by adopting a formal structure such as the one schools use means that some children will be left behind in their learning. The education system expects children to perform in the same way, with the same approach at the same time, to the same level – and this can be difficult for some children.

    Learning at home

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    Whilst home educating can bring many challenges, it does allow parents to tailor their child’s learning to their needs and incorporate a balance of approaches, activities and experiences to help facilitate learning and development. Some examples of these can be structured academic activities at home, or a less formal approach can be taken whereby children are encouraged to express their own interests and visit museums, social events and take part in arts and crafts etc.

    Deciding on which home education approach is best is something only parents can decide – will lessons be broad and flexible, or more narrow and structured?

    Whichever approach is adopted, parents need to know that support is always available.

    There are countless groups available to help home educators find suitable resources and advice, and we would recommend spending plenty of time researching to find which ones are the most beneficial to parents that home educate their children.

    Here are some pointers on how to get started:-

    • Look online for home education specific groups. Social media sites such as Facebook has a large selection of private home education groups you can join to interact with other, perhaps more experienced parents involved with home education.
    • Look on home school forums to find frequently asked questions, and ask yourself if these are relevant to your situation too.
    • Be prepared to get involved with other people’s ideas. Asking questions and sharing experiences with each other is what helps develop a strong community in each of the home school groups.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how basic you think your question is
    • Talk to as many parents as possible, and decide which approach is most suitable.


    Famous home educated people

    To round things up, we thought we’d share with you a number of well-known figures who have had an influence on society in some shape or form.

    Here goes!

    Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison

    Inventor of the incandescent light bulb, carbon microphone, movie camera, phonograph… the list goes on! “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint”.

    Frank Lloyd Wright


    Considered the most influential architect in American History, Frank was home educated by his mother until he attended high school.

    C.S. Lewis

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    C.S. Lewis was an English professor at Oxford University and became well-known in history for contributing to children’s literature with the Chronicles of Narnia.

    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift home education

    to accommodate her touring schedule, Taylor Swift  transferred to a private Christian school that offered homeschooling services. She maintained a 4.0 grade average, having completed her final two years of course work in twelve months by being home educated.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt


    And last, but certainly not least - we have the 32nd President of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was homeschooled by his parents and home tutors.


    Don't forget that Daydream has a wide selection of bespoke, home education products (including plenty of home education freebies!) which have been created to help you teach confidently at home,  even if you’re not an expert in the subject yourself.

    Click here to view all Daydream home education products

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