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Pupils enjoy annual ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ event with exciting day of spoken language activities

Last week, pupils at Salisbury Manor Primary School worked on their spoken language skills through a day of fun and educational activities inspired by ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’.

Joining the pupils in the initiative were children at United Learning’s three other primary academies in East London – Goresbrook School, Walthamstow Primary Academy and Winston Way Academy – all of whom put down their pens and pledged not to write throughout the special day.

Run by national children’s communications charity ‘I CAN’, ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ is an annual event that encourages children to focus on learning through spoken language and listening. As well as giving pupils the opportunity to enjoy new, pens-free activities, the day is designed to develop the essential speaking and listening skills that children need to learn how to better read and write, manage their emotions and develop friendships.

Over the course of the day, pupils of all ages at Salisbury Manor Primary School took part in a range of engaging activities without making use of any pens. Pupils in Year 4 took on the role of film interviewers and asked each other questions about their favourite movies. They also enjoyed a special challenge where they had to cut out and re-order lines from a jumbled film review.

Likewise, no pens were to be seen in maths where pupils in Year 3 used colourful counters and objects to fill in place value charts. Further up the school, children in Year 5 also took part in some performance poetry, showcasing their fantastic speaking skills by reciting their chosen poems in front of their peers.

David Ellison, Executive Principal across Goresbrook School, Salisbury Manor Primary School and Winston Way Academy said:

“It was fantastic to see children across our East London primary academies enjoy the day and try something new with their learning. I know that our staff also enjoyed the chance to think creatively in order to deliver engaging lessons without the children using pens or pencils. As always, they rose to the challenge.

“Giving our pupils access to fun opportunities like this is part of how we deliver an Education with Character across our group of schools. This means that, as well as giving them the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to be successful, we help our pupils develop into good listeners and confident communicators.” 

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