On Wednesday, this week the children downed tools and stopped writing. That doesn’t mean that the learning stopped though. No Pens Day is a day set aside for children to demonstrate their learning without the need for written recording. It is an opportunity for teachers to rethink how they can deliver some of the curriculum content and a chance for children who may be reluctant writers to show case their skills through speaking, listening and working practically.
Across the school, children took on a range of activities. For example, Year 5 used clay to model dragon heads for their Viking long ships, carried out science experiments with sifting and filtering solids and learnt about cubed numbers by building their own cubes. Year 6 shared stories with our Nursery children as well as making Shadufs and in Year One the children became TV reporters for the day interviewing other children in the character of Mae Jemison. Year 4 recounted a verbal retelling of their story while Year 2 got on to the stage and continued rehearsing their Nativity play.
It was a great day with a refreshing take on how children can learn in school.