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36 Essential Resources and Ideas to Set Up Your Classroom

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Updated | 5 min read

Have you got your very own classroom for the first time?

Are you moving year levels or classrooms?

Do you feel like your classroom needs a freshen up?

I have put together some of my most favourite Teach Starter resources and essential items to help you set up your classroom.


Tips and Resources Classroom Set-Up

Use a Classroom Theme

Our theme packs are the perfect way to quickly set up your classroom. They help create a visually appealing classroom for your students and any other visitors to your room. Our classroom theme packs include: welcome signs, group posters, tray labels, name labels and much more.

Here are some of our most popular editable classroom theme packs – we have something for everyone:

Here is an example of our Sunflower Classroom Theme Pack:

Classroom Welcome Sign

Printable classroom signs for the classroom are included in all classroom theme packs.

Classroom theme packs

English Group Organisation Display

Printable resources to help with classroom organisation are also included in the classroom theme packs.

Classroom theme packs


Subject Display Boards

Setting up subject display boards, with a generic border and headings, means that all you need to do is change the content on the board each term or the start of a new unit.

Displaying visually appealing reminders to your students about certain learning areas is a much-needed addition to your classroom.

Subject specific classroom display ideas

Here are some Maths classroom posters that may work on a maths classroom display board:

Image of Fraction Representations Posters - Whole, Halves, Quarters, Thirds and Fifths

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Fraction Representations Posters - Whole, Halves, Quarters, Thirds and Fifths

Display these posters when working with fractions and their different representations.

Teach Starter Publishing10 pagesYears: 4 - 7
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Rainbow Numbers Poster

A poster showing rainbow numbers.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: F - 3


Get a Timer

Any sort of classroom timer is essential for every classroom! It’s a great way to keep the students, and yourself, on track with particular activities! I found it helped keep students focused and on task to get their work completed before the timer went off!

You may like to give different groups different timers, depending on their abilities. That way, you have different groups finishing at different times and you can spend some valuable time with each smaller group!

Using a classroom timer


Controlling Classroom Chatter

How will you control the noise level in your classroom?

As we all know some chatter in the classroom means learning is happening! However, you need to be able to control the level of noise to ensure it is the best learning environment possible for every student in your class. I found this idea on Pinterest and fell in love!

Use one of our classroom letter sets to create the word ‘Noise’, as the level of noise in the classroom is creeping up and getting a little too noisy remove a letter. This gives the students a warning that it is becoming too loud.

If all letters have to be removed, the class has to remain silent until you are happy to give them another chance.


Add Personal Touches

Don’t be afraid to add personal touches to your classroom.

Buying a cheap rug and bringing in some plants can really change up the feeling of a classroom. We bought this cheap rug from Aldi! Apart from brightening up your classroom, using a classroom rug brings an element of home to the classroom, making it feel comfortable for your students.

It is also a nice way to show early years children that this is the whole class sitting spot!

Get Organised!

Print and laminate English classroom games and Maths classroom games that can be used in your classroom through out the year. Whether you are learning a particular topic, or you have some students that always finish tasks quickly, having a stack of games that can be accessed at the appropriate level of your students is a life saver!

I bought these zip-locked plastic sleeves from my local cheap shop, they are great as they are a little thicker than the Ziploc bags!

Sort out how to store your classroom resources

Here are some Classroom Maths games that may interest you:

Image of Place Value Bingo Game – Numbers 0–1000

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Place Value Bingo Game – Numbers 0–1000

Thirty-two different bingo cards using place value to 1000.

Teach Starter Publishing20 pagesYears: 1 - 3Has Starter Sheet
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Fraction Frenzy Board Game

A board game to consolidate students' understanding of adding and subtracting fractions.

Teach Starter Publishing3 pagesYears: 5 - 6Has Starter Sheet
Image of Rowing Doubles - Doubling Numbers Game

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Rowing Doubles - Doubling Numbers Game

A fun game for students to play when doubling numbers from 1 to 12.

Teach Starter Publishing4 pagesYears: 1 - 2
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Know Your Measurements Board Game

A fun measurement game for students to play when applying their knowledge of length, mass, capacity and time.

Teach Starter Publishing11 pagesYears: 5 - 6Has Starter Sheet
Image of Pizza Fraction Bingo – 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5

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Pizza Fraction Bingo – 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5

32 different bingo cards using 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/5 fractions.

Teach Starter Publishing18 pagesYears: 3 - 5Has Starter Sheet
Image of Fractions Pizza Game - Lower Grades

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Fractions Pizza Game - Lower Grades

A small group or whole class activity to consolidate the concept of fractions (whole, half, quarters and eighths).

Teach Starter Publishing5 pagesYears: 1 - 2


Print Assessment Trackers

How are you going to keep track of your students? We have a range of assessment trackers that are super easy to use! Print them off and have them in a folder that is easily accessible to mark off your students as they achieve different standards!

Here are our collection of assessment trackers:


Classroom Birthday Display Boards

Kids love celebrating their birthdays! It also makes each student feel welcomed in the classroom when they see their name on a birthday display board.

Why not use it for daily learning of the months of the year, or even maths questions – ‘How many days until Eddie’s birthday?’

We used our gorgeous Classroom Cupcake Birthday Chart for the below display.

Birthday displays for the classroom


Classroom Rules Display

Having set classroom rules are crucial to the smooth running of your classroom. You may like to have you students come up with their very own class rules. Alternatively, this cute display is bright, vibrant and a nice addition to your classroom.

We have a gorgeous set of Classroom Expectations Posters that would be the perfect addition to your classroom.


Stock Pile of Stickers

Stickers and teachers go together like strawberries and cream! Have a basket full of different stickers handy to give out to students caught doing the right thing or to put on students completed work!

You may like to use our reward desk charts so that you can add up student stickers! They love to see the stickers they have achieved in one spot!

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Desk Reward Chart - Monsters

A set of monster themed desk charts to reward and motivate students in the classroom.

Teach Starter Publishing3 pagesYears: F - 7


Routines

For some fantastic ways to set up routines in your classroom – check out out blog – 5 Simple Ways to Develop Routines in the Classroom.


Fill Your Room with Positivity!

Use our beautifully designed classroom positivity posters to brighten your classroom and give your students a positive outlook during the school day!

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Be a Pineapple Positivity Poster

"Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside." - Kat Gaskin

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: F - 6

If you have an amazing classroom setup, please post it on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #teachstarter.

We would love to see and share it!

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  • Megan Urquhart
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    Thank you so much for this. I have my very own class this year as I have job shared previously and the lovely teacher I shared with had everything set up and organised before I got there so its my first time organising everything and I had no idea where to start. This has given me a fantastic starting point. Thank you!!!!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Megan, Thank you so much for your comment. I'm so glad you have found this blog useful. Best of luck for the year ahead. Kind regards, Holly

  • Loretta
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    FANTASTIC ! Thank you!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      You're most welcome Loretta!

  • Fiona Woods
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    I'm a bit behind with my classroom organisation this year, Holly, as I was away all holidays. For the first time ever! I've had so much anxiety trying to get it set up (the teach starter pack I ordered is still in the packet it was posted in...). This is helping me to organise my thoughts. And I'm an experienced teacher! Just lacking time when I'm teaching infants all day. Thank you so much!

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