Classroom Organisation

Storage Pockets for Chairs

Storage Pockets for Chairs

By allowing each child to store all their own equipment in their own personal chair pocket, it eliminates the need to distribute resources throughout the day, saving time. More importantly it avoids unnecessary movement around the classroom, reducing handling of items and close contact between pupils.

The pouch has three storage pockets – the large one holds workbooks, the small (left hand) one could hold a calculator, diary, pencils etc and the innovative insulated pocket is perfect for cool drinks. The padded seat back encourages children to sit upright comfortably in their chair rather than to slouch forwards.

The Classroom Storage Pocket has been developed with another unique and exciting use in mind. The modern curriculum focuses on active learning and taking lessons outdoors is increasingly important. It can be emptied and taken outside to sit on. It is weather proof and can be wiped clean quickly and easily. The integral padding makes it comfortable for sitting – ideal for active learning!

Teachers may choose to use it as a convenient way to distribute materials to each child or to help pupils organise items that they need to use throughout the day. Alternatively, teachers may let the pupils decide what goes into it – extra pupil storage never goes wrong. Either way, an uncluttered desk is the great advantage of this product. It is also incredibly neat against the chair so no additional classroom space is required.

Testing and Standards

For compliance with European Standards on Safety – the storage pocket has been tested and passed by test house SGS on the following sections -:

BSEN 71 – 1: 2005 – safety of physical and mechanical parts – PASS

BSSEN 71 – 2:2006 – flammability – PASS

BSEN71 – 3:1995 – toxicity – PASS

Pockets are guaranteed for a period of 6 months from purchase (subject to normal wear and tear).

David Quinn
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Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

Regardless of whether you've been teaching a while, you're an NQT, or you're moving from SET back into a mainstream classroom (or vice versa) the first few days back at school can be stressful. You may be feeling more apprehensive this year in particular as a result of being out of the classroom for so long. Here at Acorn Educational we've divided a (non-exhaustive) list of 'Back to School Tips' which you can prepare ahead of time to make the first few days of the the school year run smoothly.
  • Have your class timetable ready.
    Having a timetable ready not only helps you with time management but it can also allow you to access the general level of the class.
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  • A familiar face.
    Some schools have made the decision for the previous class teacher to move on with the class for the next school year to aid with the transition after being out for so long, other schools haven't. Some children may be experiencing feelings of anxiety. The transition back to the classroom may be overwhelming for some. Don't panic. Perhaps seating them beside their friend for the first few days might make that transition slightly easier.
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  • Make classroom rules together.
    Start your day with SPHE where together you devise a list of classroom rules, rules which are important to the children (but also ensure safety). Ensure the rules are clearly displayed for the year. Creating an environment the children know their behavioural expectations, which can be looked back on throughout the year, will help with continuity.


  • Choose a behavioural management system.
    Some teachers use a traffic light system, some use Class Dojo, others have systems they've created themselves but having a clear system which the children understand will set you up for the year ahead. I love Dojo as we put the classroom rules into it and award points accordingly. For example our golden rule last year was 'Be Kind' which awarded +3 points. If a child was caught being kind (by myself, a station teacher, the teacher on yard duty or the private investigator (a child selected for the week)) they would be awarded the extra points. In my classroom points=prizes (seat pass, homework pass, lucky dip, cushion for the day, the VIP pencil case etc.)


  • Sort out the books.
    Print off a list of all the children's names in a table format with a box beside their name for each book. As they bring in their books label them and tick them off your book list sheet. This way you can easily keep track of who still has books to get.


  • Get to know them.
    Play some 'Get to Know Me' games with the class, try to have a chat with each child, play some ice breaker games. The better you get the know the children, the more comfortable they may feel. A safe learning environment is key.


  • Supply check.
    Have you all the arts & crafts resources you need? Have you resources for the next topic you're covering ready? Have you homework sorted? Time to organise this.
  • Start your assessment folder.
    Even getting a folder together with a divider for each child is a great start. Put a blank sheet at the start of their file to write any anecdotal notes that may crop up.


  • Enjoy it!
    If you're enjoying the first days back it's likely the children are too!
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Check out our blog post '6 Tried and Tested Classroom Organisation Tips' for more ideas on how to set up your classroom.

David Quinn
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6 Tried and Tested Classroom Organisation Tips.

6 Tried and Tested Classroom Organisation Tips.

Classroom organisation can be tricky at the best of times but with the current situation I’m beginning to think about what school will look like in September and how different will it be. Here’s 6 tips and tricks that I currently use (or am planning on setting up for September) which will hopefully make life a little easier!

1. Give each table a colour and sort books by table.

Currently in my classroom I have four tables - dearg, gorm, glas and buí. As each table is the name of a colour I bought storage boxes in each of the four colours for the children to store their books. Each table has 4 boxes, one for English books, one for Irish books, one for Maths books and finally one for their copies.

Here is what I use. This can be found by clicking here however if you already have a bookshelf in your classroom you could simply just buy coloured boxes, like the ones found here. I also made labels to stick on each box so that books would be found easily!

2. Individualise writing equipment.

Currently I have pots in the middle of each table for shared writing equipment. One on each table for triangular pencils, one for twistable crayons and one for glue sticks however, come September I feel that this will need to be changed.

I saw this supply caddy idea on FlamingoFabulous and thought it would be a great way of dividing writing equipment so that each child has their own stock.

3. Jigsaws.

We use jigsaws regularly in infants to work on hand-eye coordination, matching, fine motor skills, social skills etc. However the boxes take up so much room! I love this idea from TheNavyStripe to enable you to keep all the pieces together, without taking up the whole cupboard! You could even use zip lock bags .

4. Velcro!

I love Velcro! It makes changing displays effortless. Every morning we discuss the days of the week, the month, the season, the weather (and if it’s average for that season) and the date. This display board comes in so useful. I use it for the Aistear rota also, it makes the rotation so easy (without those pesky blue tack smears on the walls or holes from thumb tacks). I also love adding different pictures to the calendar to show that something important is coming up. I put crowns on the number to show it's a birthday.

5. Permanent project files on the display board.

Every year I find the display board time consuming. I love to change it as regularly as possible but fiddling with thumb tacks or blue tack isn’t my idea of fun. Last year was the first year that I mounted these to the display board (with staples) and it has made life a whole lot easier! Each child gets assigned a file and throughout the year all I need to do is punch holes in their work and slide it onto the mounted project file. It saves time throughout the year and when the class is moving on you just slide the sheets off and they’re already organised to go home, you can thank me later…

6. The Sub Tub

I do have a variation of this one in my classroom but I love how well WifeTeacherMommy designed theirs. I have my tub split into 6 categories. The first is ‘Classroom Info’. I always assume that the sub has never subbed in our school before and break all the information down to suit our timetable, this way it’s as easy to follow as possible. I include a class list, a detailed timetable, a breakdown of which children attend support (and at what time), any necessary health information about the pupils (who needs inhalers/ epipens etc.), behavioural management recommendations and login information for the computer/ iPads and so on. It’s basically the runnings of the class in a booklet. I then have five categories, one for each day of the week. I slide the plans for each day into each section along with any worksheets required.

Are there organisation tips that your classroom couldn't function without? We'd love to hear about them on Instagram or Facebook.

David Quinn
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