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No pens for a day at St Paul's School in Spalding




St Paul’s Community Primary School and Nursery shared an inspiring ‘No Pens Day’ with parents and Spalding Children’s Centre.

‘No Pens Day’ was first introduced by The Communication Trust to encourage effective opportunities for communication to develop.

Early Years Specialist Teachers at the Children’s Centre Rachael Ball and Claire Gauld shared ideas and led a discussion during a session with parents. The focus was to develop speaking and listening opportunities and to share effective activities and approaches.

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During the second part of the session, parents were welcomed into the Nursery and Reception classrooms to see activities in practice.

Parents could partake in the groups or interactions and Early Years practitioners modelled effective communication and demonstrated how speaking and listening is key in the Foundation Stage.

Teachers also shared some ways to support early gross and motor skills which are key to developing writing skills.

The children, staff and parents all joined in a range of activities such as ‘Dough Disco,’ which included painting with brushes and buckets of water.

Parents braved the inclement weather to take part in story telling under the canopy in the outdoor area while nursery parents experienced ‘gloop’ and mark-making in the mud.

The event was a very positive experience for all who were part of the day and the school thanked parents and the Children’s Centre for making it a huge success.



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