‘Of all the skills we develop at school, the ability to communicate effectively is the one that has the most profound and potentially positive impact on our lives. Communication is at the core of what we do, at home, in work, at school and socially’
On Wednesday 3rd October, students from across the Primary School took part in ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’. Students were encouraged to put down their pens and pencils and pick up their language by focusing on learning through speaking and listening for the whole day.
‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ is a national speaking and listening event, organised by the Communication Trust in the U.K. Last year saw over 7000 schools and settings take part and this was a ‘first’ for QIS. The objective of the day was to provide students with opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills rather than writing skills.
As well as being the bedrocks of reading and writing, the ability to listen attentively and to speak clearly and fluently are essential life-long skills in their own right. ‘No Pens Day’ was a wonderful opportunity to design exciting and worthwhile activities to foster these skills.
Many of the teachers used the day to expand on class topics, develop instruction through games and art, explore role-play and enter into debate. It allowed teachers to plan for learning experiences that extended current topics and explored a range of vocabulary without placing the constraint of writing on the students. The day was a great success, with many of the students asking if we could have it every Wednesday. Here are some reflections from the day:
No Pens Day Wednesday opened my eyes to how much I use my pen in a normal day. Rather than explain using writing or drawing, I had to think creatively about the language I used and look for other ways to express myself more creatively. It was great fun and hopefully I can use this approach more! Year 6 Teacher
I enjoyed ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ because we did painting. It made me feel happy. Year 2 Student
I loved this day overall, it was really fun. I loved this day because we all learned different ways to learn. This day should happen more often! Year 4 Student
No Pens Day Wednesday was a thrilling and educational learning experience. As students, we learned how important the things are that we write with, but also realised that we don’t need them to learn something new. I believe everyone had fun as I did myself. Year 6 Student
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