The Classroom Now and Next Board will help the children to understand time, encourage them to read, reduce anxiety and help them to prepare for each new lesson.
Please watch our video to see how the Classroom Now and Next Board is used in Oakgrove Primary SEMH School.
“The children love their now and next board. They want to move the pockets themselves. They really feel part of it.”
“It helps with concepts of sequencing and time plus it helps to reinforce beginnings and endings.”
“One child used to ask what are we doing next all the time. He is now less anxious and doesn’t feel the need for that reassurance.”
“The board supports wider learning. It motivates the children to read and talk about time in terms of tasks starting and ending.”
“Sometimes we have more teaching time as the children come in and will get themselves ready for the next lesson.”
“Routine is really important for these children and the board helps them to feel more secure.”
How to use
Print off your own lesson titles or pictures and place them in the self cling “Gecko” pockets. At the start of each day place the first lesson in the Now column, the second lesson in the Next column and the remainder in the Later column. At the end of each lesson the self cling pockets are moved from left to right to show progression through the day.
We recommend that the children be encouraged to move the pockets as this will strengthen their engagement with the board and really encourage them to take notice of what they’re doing now and the transition to the next lesson.
As well as helping the children to understand their day, we believe that using a classroom visual tool will help them to understand that it’s OK to use visual tools to support their own thinking processes.
The OurBoards Classroom Now and Next Board is manufactured as a sandwich consisting of a strong lightweight expanded foam base with a dry wipe laminate surface that enables you to write and wipe time and time again. Boards and accessories are suitable for use with most dry wipe pens. Boards are fixed to the wall or an existing whiteboard using 3M Command Strips which can be mounted on most non-papered walls and leave no sticky residue when removed.
“Gecko” laminate is so called because it is based on technology that mimics the tiny pads on a Gecko’s foot. “Gecko” laminate is an amazing new material, unique to OurBoards, that sticks to most smooth surfaces, such as laminated surfaces, wood, glass, whiteboards and smooth painted walls. Only dry wipe pens and cleaning sprays should be used.
- Size A0 (approx 120cm x 84cm)
- Printed dry wipe board with laminated surface
- 4 column landscape design
- 12 x A6 (approx 15cm x 10cm) Self Cling “Gecko” Pockets
- 3M Command™ Mounting strips included