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Primary School

07 October 2018

‘NO Pens Day Wednesday'
Our school took part in ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ where lessons focused on learning through speaking and listening activities.  As teachers, we know that speaking and listening skills are extremely important for children’s development - both in education and more widely. This was an exciting day, which encouraged good classroom talk and built on these essential skills in a fun and engaging way.
It provided an opportunity for children with different learning styles to experience enrichment opportunities and gave staff a chance to think ‘outside the box’ when planning and delivering lessons.  It was very encouraging to see the positive responses of the children and the different types of lessons that were introduced.
A snapshot of the day!
Foundation Years 
F2I used their listening and phonics knowledge to hear and recognise initial sounds during a circle time. They focused on S & A sounds, as this was what they had been learning recently. 

Year 1, created an ‘autumn’ tree using toilet rolls and autumn coloured paint, creating calming bottles for our ‘chill out corner’. During STEAM, they used different materials to design a bridge that would hold the goats from the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

Year 2 introduced an exciting way to support writing through speaking and listening, called ‘Talk for Writing’. This uses text maps, as featured in the following photographs and the children rehearsed the story by using symbols and imitating the text.  

Can you guess which Traditional Tale this text map is illustrating? 

Year 3N used drama and role play to act out their own class story, which was based around ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. They also made their own chocolates. The children added chili, cinnamon, ginger or sesame seeds to their chocolates. As I was lucky enough to eat one, I can only say that they were delicious!!!!!  

In 4N, we spent No Pens Day making our healthy eating plates, as part of our topic ‘What’s on the menu’? We have been learning about the importance of a balanced diet and our own food plates reflected this knowledge.

Year 5 started off their ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ by playing different numeracy games. They had to use their mental calculation skills, as they were not allowed to write anything down!

In Year 6, the children had to solve Maths problems using only the unifix blocks; they also had to present their answer using the blocks as well.

Nick Jefferson
Head of Primary School