“My teacher helps me when I don’t understand.” – AM
“I use an ipad to help me check my work.” – LF
“Maths is my best lesson because I like doing my times tables.” – KH
“I love going on lots of trips.” – TR
“I love EAL trips on the minibus.” – IL
“Science is great because we get to do experiments.” – NC
“I want to stay in the EAL Class forever!” – AP
“Maths lessons are the best!” – SW
“I love school because I love learning!” – SG
“When I finish my work I help other people.” – CB
“The football team is great!” – SL
“I like going to ‘Little Pears’ because its fun and I can play games.” – AB
“Netball club is good fun.” – SH
“I enjoy energy club because I play games with my friends.” – AS
“I like the reward trips, especially lazer tag!” – JC
“My teacher is the best teacher ever!” – FR

Our No Pens Wednesday started with a special assembly then we had lessons designed to focus on speaking and listening skills.

To see what we saw in assembly, please click here.


Please look through these photos to see the lessons we did without pens and pencils.  We used equipment, made recordings (voice and video), took photos, learned poems by heart, took part in drama and had learning conversations.




Children engaged in a Numicon treasure hunt outside where they used stickers to mark off when a Numicon piece had been found – counting was encouraged and ch were beginning to correctly identify the Numicon shapes according to their colours.

Children were developing early marks on a black tray using chalk – the Dear Zoo story was used a possible stimulus  – a variety of marks were made and children were showing high level of well-being and involvement.

Children were engaged in Pizza shop role play where an adult modelled the language related to buying a pizza and placing a pizza order over the phone. To further develop skills around this area of learning, pretend pizzas were made at the modelling table which encouraged the development of fine motor skills.


The Little Red Hen –

  • Name writing with paint brushes in flour
  • Pie Corbett story telling of The Little Red Hen
  • Counting – we used tweezers to feed the hens pasta and match the amount to the correct number.
  • Building a house for The Little Red Hen with blocks
  • Story telling – using puppets to recreate the story.
  • Mask making – collaging and cutting out masks to make the characters from the story.
  • Finding sounds in the sand
  • Ordering number tiles outside working as a team.
Year 1:

We went for a walk around the school playground and collected different leaves to make our own Leaf Man.  We explored the leaves using our senses and talked about what the leaves looked like, smelt like and felt like. We thought of some really interesting adjectives including; spikey, colourful, red, green and dark brown. We then created our own Leaf Man by selecting leaves and sticking them on paper.

We were finding 1 less in Maths and so used number lines and sorting objects to represent our numbers and number sentences.  We also played a game of finding 1 more/1 less using our speaking and listening skills.

In Science we learnt all about keeping our teeth healthy and talked about our experiences of visiting the dentist.  We also played a game of Mr. Dentist says… and we had to listen carefully to follow instructions given to us. We pretended to clean our teeth for 3 minutes using a sand timer and had lots of fun making a tooth fairy box, after listening to the instructions given to us by our adults.

We had a wonderful day using our listening and speaking skills rather than using our pens and will continue to use our listening and speaking skills to help us with our learning!

Year 2:

We had a wonderful day without our pens and pencils.

We played lots of different speaking and listening games to help us to improve our skills.

We played a 2D shape describing game in Maths and we enjoyed listening to each other’s experiences during circle time discussion.

In Maths we took turns to play games, used counters and objects to represent numbers and different calculations. We used 2D shapes to make pictures and enjoyed learning how to play a giant game of Dominos!

We even went into the Forest School and explored using our senses. We talked about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We came up with some interesting adjectives that we plan to use in our writing lesson tomorrow!

In the afternoon we used the leaves that we had collected to make leaf puppets to retell the story ‘Leaf man’. We had a wonderful day and will continue to use these skills to help us with our learning!

Year 3:

In spelling, children were working in pairs to make words using the letters from the word archaeologist. Children made words and took photos on the iPad.

In English, children worked together to sort and organise a set of instructions to focus on the layout. They also gave each other instructions on how to do a variety of things, such as make paper aeroplanes and guide a friend through a maze.

In maths, children were practicing place value skills by ordering numbers on tables and then silently ordering as a class. Next, we practiced column addition using resources and played dice games focussing on place value and recall of number facts.

In the afternoon, we played a variety of listening games to focus on the children’s listening skills and we learnt about and made Iron Age style clay pots.

Year 4:
Year 5:

Reading – the children orally completed vlogs about a book they had read, reviewing them and summarising the text.

Writing – the children had a variety of clauses and co-ordinating conjunctions.  They matched the main clauses to relevant conjunctions and justified their choices. As a class they then voted on their favourite sentences explaining why they work.

Maths – the children did a round robin across the year 5 classrooms, participating in a total of 6 activities.  These included acting out shop keeping and calculating change, Finding number facts using dice and number cards and subtraction using base ten.

Science – the children had a range of life cycles to compare.  Using iPads, they created book creator to identify the similarities and differences between life cycles for amphibians, mammals, insects and birds.

Year 6:

Orally rehearsing sentences helped with the more complex language choices.  Sharing ideas and creating a WAGOLL from their ideas and seeing how that translated into the formal language really helped them with their follow up work the next morning.