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Arts influence on No Pens Day Wednesday

No Pens Day Wednesday takes place on 4th October 2017. Organised by The Communication Trust, the annual initiative encourages schools to put down their pens and run a day of activities to support communication and engagement skills amongst youngsters.

Research from last year’s campaign revealed that 83% of respondents that took part in No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 raised their awareness of speech, language and communication needs, with 25% identifying pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they’d not known about before. This highlights the importance of introducing alternative, non-traditional teaching methods to bring the best out of your pupils.

We’ve compiled a list of suggested art activities you can carry out in the classroom to to bring activities to life and boost class communication.

  • Think about the resources you already have within the classroom. Use finger paints, modelling clay and papier-mâché to stimulate creativity.
  • Have you recently been making finger puppets or have a prop box in class? Use these as an opportunity to role play, assigning characters to each student to encourage them to be active in conversation and make sure everyone is taking part.
  • Use art examples as visual cues to encourage students’ language. Go around the classroom asking them to say what they see focusing on adjectives. Alternatively, you can play a game where you describe a student in the class. Children have to listen very carefully to the clues so that they can decide who you are talking about.
  • Art isn’t just about the drawing and colouring either. Why not get children to use a camera to create short video clips or photographs?

What will you be doing this No Pens Day Wednesday? Let us know in the comments!