Pupils abandon pens to boost communication skills

Pupils abandon pens to boost communication skills

By Michael Upton | 03/12/2020

Pupils abandon pens to boost communication skills

 

PUPILS put down their pens for the day to try out different ways of learning.

Abbey School students marked No Pens Wednesday Day by holding debates, acting stories out and conducting experiments to promote spoken language and not picking up a pen all day.

No Pen Day was a national speaking and listening event run by I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

Laura Keens, Abbey's head of communication, said: “At Abbey, we believe that speech, language and communication skills underpin everything and directly affect our pupils’ life chances and for this reason we have been delighted to take part for the first time in No Pens Day Wednesday.

“This fantastic event focused on spoken language and listening activities and we have seen pupils and teachers taking part in debating, maths games and story-telling.”

Louisa Reeves, director of impact at I CAN, said: “Verbal communication skills are fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions, developing friendships and are crucial when entering employment.

“Following long periods away from classroom due to Covid-19, encouraging the development of verbal communication is vital to support children and young people.

“Thanks to everybody who got involved!”

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